Introducing Service Pack 8
This year Blackboard released service pack 8 and UAF upgraded on May 13th.
This update resolved some known issues of the current version, and added a lot of really exciting features! Watch Video
There is also a pdf handout version of the below information here.
Expand the categories below to find out more information about each.
One of the new features introduced in service pack 8 is a new default theme that is modern and more efficient. Watch Video
With the new 2012 Theme, the course menu also gets a facelift becoming sleeker and more accessible.
See an indepth look at the differences: Watch Video
We know you teach multiple courses and when you are performing a task, you often want to do it for several courses. Task-Based Navigation lets you jump from one course to another, retaining the context of the page, so you can perform the same task across multiple courses, saving you time and frustration. Watch Video
Quick Setup Guide
The most requested new feature in SP8 will save you time and make it easier to correct problem questions in assessments. With Automated Regrading, instructors can drop, give full credit, change point value, or change which answer is marked correct and the system will re-grade submitted assessments gracefully and provide notification about what has changed. Watch Video
Also new in SP8 is the ability to assign negative points for wrong answers.
Activity & Performance Reporting
Not only are there a bunch of new features in SP8 there are also over 200 problems that have been fixed! Making it the best Blackboard yet! Below are some highlights:
- Grade Center columns with no specified category now properly display Needs Grading information.
- Errors in Mobile Notificaitons no longer cause the entire Mobile task to fail.
- Multiple File Uploads now works in all browsers.
- The calendar, date picker, and calendar module now display properly in IE7 or IE8/9 in compatibility mode.