Original Release Notes 3200.0.0

Version 1

    Outcomes Assessment: Sampling by demographic

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Experience

    When collecting and sampling student submissions for a secondary program evaluation process, administrators can sample student work by student demographic information in addition to sampling by courses and terms. Sampling can be done by the education level field or institution roles. You can use boolean operators such as AND/OR when sampling institution roles. For example, you could sample graduating senior in a specific program for evaluation purposes.

     

     

    Manage LTI links with building blocks

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Experience, Building Blocks

    Building Blocks that create and manage LTI links in course content areas can now leverage LTI Outcomes to return result data in the same way as LTI links that are added through the Blackboard Learn interface. To support scenarios where the LTI domain must be approved for secured exchange but the Building Block is being used to present tool links to users in courses, administrators can set an LTI placement to be invisible to users so they aren’t presented both building block and LTI tool links for the same tool.

     

     

    SIS integration enhancements

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Experience

    Command line Snapshot tools have been removed. Flat, snapshot-formatted files can still be processed through the SIS Integration Framework. New REST web services have been added to retrieve job status and record processing errors. These allow administrators to implement real-time monitoring and issue resolution processes if desired.

     

     

    Blackboard Ally: A solution for better accessibility

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Experience

    Ally is an additional, optional service for improving the accessibility of content and can now be integrated into Blackboard Learn. In this release, Ally improves accessibility within Blackboard Learn in the following ways.

    • Ally presents instructors and content authors with an accessibility score and coaches users in ways to improve the accessibility of materials.
    • Ally creates and presents students with automatically-generated alternative versions of uploaded files and creating accessible HTML, digital braille, and audio format files.
    • Ally allows administrators to see accessibility scores of materials across courses and track changes over time to plan, measure, and improve accessibility.

     

     

    Building block installation validation

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Experience

    When installing a building block, the system checks the manifest for properly escaped characters in XML. Improperly formatted XML caused issues with some building blocks in some environments.

     

     

    SAML authentication provider enhancements

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Ultra experience, Original experience

    To help troubleshoot SAML authentication issues, administrators now have the ability to regenerate certificates and change the responseSkew value in the user interface. SAML encryption certificates can periodically expire and should be regenerated regularly to maintain security. The responseSkew value may need to be edited if your Learn server is in a different time zone than the Identity Provider's server. The time difference can cause SAML assertions to expire before users are properly authenticated.

    More on SAML authentication

     

     

    Blackboard Store Building Block

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Building Blocks, Original Experience, Ultra Experience

    The Blackboard Store Building Block has been removed from this release.

     

     

    Learn 2016 Theme improvements

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Course View

    In courses using the Learn 2016 theme, the discussion board is responsive for hand-held devices if the contents of the posts themselves are responsive. Discussion participants can read, respond, and use other discussion features such as post rating from mobile devices.

    Pages with tables, the course menu, and My Blackboard pages are better optimized for hand-held devices. Menus can be accessed on touch devices.

    More on the Learn 2016 Theme

     

     

    Submission receipts via email

    Continuous Delivery v3200.0.0 | Release to Production 31 March 2017
    Original Course View

    Starting with this release, students receive email confirmations for coursework they submit. The email receipt is another method for students to keep track of their submissions, in addition to the My Grades page. Administrators can disable the email notifications.

    More on accessing submission receipts from the My Grades page