February 2022 Release
Educator Insights Learn SaaS 3900.32.0
The February 2022 - 3900.32.0 release includes several new features. Pronoun Customisation now includes a new field so that users can include pronunciation. Users may also add a short audio clip. Granular course copy in an Ultra course now includes content from Original courses. Institutions using domain branding will now have branded URLs in scheduled notification emails. This release also includes two other improvements, an API update, and several bug fixes.
These new features are available on production as of 3 February 2022. Full release notes including API updates and bug fixes https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/SaaS/Release_ Details can also be found on Behind the Blackboard.
Administrators and Learning and Teaching Support Staff will find this information helpful to support their end-users.
Pronunciation display and recording - 3900.32.0
Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience and Original Experience (pronunciation description only)
Impact: All users
When enabled, all users can add text guidance and an audio recording of their name to their user profile. Users can use the text guidance to describe the pronunciation of their names for other users. Users can record the pronunciation of their name. The recording tool counts down to when the recording begins. The recording may be up to 20 seconds long.
If enabled, text guidance and audio recordings appear with pronouns in these locations:
- Group Assessments
- A user can see group pronunciation information in the overview panel.
- A user can see group members’ pronunciation information while taking the assessment.
- Peer Review
- A user entitled to see peer reviewers’ names can see their pronunciation information. This information displays above their feedback when viewing a student’s attempt.
- Users can see other users’ pronunciation information in the course roster view.
- User Management
- A user can see pronunciation information when searching for users to enroll.
- A user can see a user’s pronunciation information when editing users in the course roster.
- A user can see a user’s pronunciation information when editing their accommodations.
- Users can see other users’ pronunciation information with their responses.
- Users can see other users’ pronunciation information when searching for message recipients.
- Users can see other users’ pronunciation information in the message panel.
- Instructors and graders can see users’ pronunciation information in the grid view.
- Students can see their own pronunciation information when viewing their own grades.
- A user can see the pronunciation information of users in a group.
- Instructors can see the pronunciation information of students in the group management view.
- A user can see their own pronunciation information in their profile page.
- A user can see their own pronunciation information when editing their profile.
System administrators should configure this feature. Define preferences from the Customize User Information option in the Users section. Enabling the audio recording option also enables the textual pronunciation description. We have designed this rule for accessibility reasons. You may choose to manage the pronunciation description field through data integration.
Providing this functionality to all users is important to us. We will complete this feature work for other experiences in an upcoming release.
Base Navigation and Original Course View:
For now, if enabled, users can create audio recordings of their name pronunciation. Users may also add a pronunciation description. The pronunciation description appears to users who have privileges to edit others’ profiles. The information will not appear to students in courses.
Original Experience and Learn 9.1:
For now, administrators can enable a text field for pronunciation description. Users may add a pronunciation description. The pronunciation description displays to those with privileges to edit other users’ profiles. Pronunciation information will not display to students in courses.
Known issue in Safari browser:
There is a known issue creating or playing pronunciation recordings in Safari. The issue is because of a mismatch of compression codecs that Safari supports. Safari users will receive warnings about the issue in the interface.
Granular Course Copy - Copy from Original - 3900.32.0
Blackboard Learn SaaS
Instructors now have the option to copy content from Original courses to an Ultra course. This enhancement to course copy provides efficiencies and greater flexibility for reusing content. This will save time and reduce frustration when building a course.
The course copy procedure and process remain the same. The Copy Content menu now includes both Original and Ultra courses. Instructors may choose to copy all or select content. If the system encounters a problem with content copy an error report will appear. The details will provide more information about why the content failed to copy.
Supported content types are as follows:
- tests, including group tests
- assignments, including group assignments
- links to websites
- SCORM packages
- discussions and journals
More detailed information on supported content types is available.
Branded URLs in Scheduled Notification Emails - 3900.32.0
Blackboard Learn SaaS
Ultra Experience and Original Experience
Impact: All Users
Some institutions use domain branding. Different authentication providers (IdPs) have an association with a specific domain. When this is the case, notification emails reflect the domain in the URL for each individual user. This functionality provides support for all authentication types for each individual user. When a user clicks into a notification email, they will now authenticate to that domain.
System administrations do not need to take any action. This update is structural only. Changes apply only to emails sent per the notification settings that each user has made.
Other improvements - 3900.32.0
Force Completion changes to better support Multiple Attempt Tests
Blackboard Learn SaaS, Learn 9.1
Impact: Instructors, Students
In Original Course View, enabling Force Completion on a test or survey has new behaviors. The Force Completion option now requires a time limit and automatic submission. We made this change to enforce the submission of incomplete or abandoned attempts. This change is important so that instructors can access and grade these attempts. Instructors may also create a multiple attempt assessment with the Force Completion option. This change ensures that students can now start new attempts in this scenario.
Text on Page update: Exceptions setting consistency
Blackboard Learn SaaS
In the Assessment view list, the descriptive text reads "Edit settings." In the Submission view, the descriptive text reads "Exceptions." We updated both texts, which now read "Add or edit exceptions." This change provides a more consistent experience and improves clarity. We also changed the title of the peek panel. The title was "Edit Submission Settings" but is now "User or Group Exceptions."