The summer is on the horizon, bringing with it not only better weather but a better Learning Edge too! We are currently working with Blackboard to introduce a number of new features which will improve your experience and use of Learning Edge.
The upgrade will introduce exciting innovations as well as improvements to core capabilities, some of which are detailed below:
This new tool will enable you to quickly view and verify the design of your course content and course navigation from the perspective of a student. This means that you will no longer need to manage the creation and enrollment of test student accounts.
Anonymous and Delegated Grading
With the Blackboard assignment tool you will be able to grade anonymously and delegate grading responsibilities to other members of staff.
Social Tools and Profiles
With upgraded social learning tools including calendars, social spaces and improved cloud profiles, both students and staff can stay connected inside the traditional Virtual Learning Environment.
‘My Blackboard’ also provides a convenient one stop location for frequently used tools, such as My Grades for students and the Retention Center for staff.
Summer Upgrade Pre-Testing
In order for us to prepare for the upgrade, we will be carrying out extensive testing throughout May, June and July. The important dates for you to make a note of are the 27th May and 23rd June, as LTD team will be unavailable for general queries.
You can still email us on [email protected] with anything urgent, but LS help desk will be able to assist you on 01695 584286 with your general enquiries.
You are welcome to sign up to the Upgrade Cohort (Service Pack April 2014 upgrade) if you would like to keep updated with developments of the new upgrade: http://bbbb.blackboard.com/LP=35
And the final important date is…
Following successful testing the current target date for the upgrade is July 20th / 21st.
As always, any questions on whats happening please contact LTD Support on 01695 650754 or email [email protected]
John (LTDSO) & Nina (LTDOC)
2 responses to “Learning Edge Upgrade 20-21 July 2014 – What’s coming this summer”
Wow amazing developments will the Enable Anonymous Marking and Enable Delegated Marking be rolled out on all courses this September?
Thanks for your comment.
Yes, that’s the plan!
We are currently testing the new service pack for Blackboard 9.1.
Part of this will involve evaluating the Anonymous and Delegated Marking.
More information to follow in the coming weeks.