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January 2022 Release

Educator Insights Blackboard Learn SaaS Release 3900.30.0

This month's release 3900.30.0 of Blackboard Learn SaaS includes updates for Bb AnnotationsAlly File Transformer in Blackboard Assist (global availability) and Blackboard Assist (business/government availability).

These new features are available on production as of 6 January 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.

Bb Annotations: Save preferences / Settings

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery | Blackboard Learn 9.1
Ultra Experience, Ultra Course View, Original Course View, Original Experience
Impact: Instructors

This Bb Annotate improvement focuses on the grading process workflow. It improves feedback productivity for instructors and grading roles.

Bb Annotate now allows instructors and grading roles to save preferences. This avoids the need to reset preferences when switching from submission to submission. This includes common preferences for Annotation tools, and custom Stamps. These user-defined preferences and custom stamps will persist through all courses.

Assist disclaimers for third-party tools

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.30.0 | Release to Test/Stage and Production 6 January 2022
Original Experience, Ultra Experience
Impact: All users

The Assist updates are micro-service changes. The changes will affect all Test/Stage and Production instances on the same day. On first launch, users will see and need to accept a legal disclaimer anywhere Assist is used. Users can choose not to see the disclaimer again for each tool.

Ally File Transformer in Blackboard Assist (global availability)

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.30.0
Ultra Experience, Original Experience, Base Navigation, and Blackboard App
Impact: Learners

The Ally File Transformer helps students to personalise their learning experience. It can convert files into alternative formats. Learners can choose formats that better fit their needs, devices, and learning preferences. Ally File Transformer, as a free part of Blackboard Assist, is available by default but can be turned off.

  • Available at no cost with Blackboard Assist enabled. An Ally license is not required.
  • It converts files to alternative, more accessible formats. Formats include HTML, ePub, electronic braille, audio, PDF (OCR) and BeeLine reader.
  • For Institutions that licence Ally. Students can use Ally File Transformer to convert their own files.
  • The Ally File Transformer comes automatically with Blackboard Assist. There is an option to turn it off, if preferred, in the Administrator Panel > Partner Cloud Settings.

The Ally File Transformer will be available with Blackboard Assist for clients globally on January 6. Blackboard Assist is available for all Learn SaaS clients except for US K12.

Screen capture for the new Ally File Transformer in Blackboard Assist

Blackboard Assist (business/government availability)

Blackboard Learn SaaS Continuous Delivery v3900.30.0
Ultra Experience, Original Experience, Base Navigation, and Blackboard App
Impact: Administrators

Assist offers your learners one central hub within Blackboard Learn to find and access the services they need to flourish. Previously, Blackboard Assist was not available to clients with business or government licenses. From January 6, 2022 these clients will also have the chance to enable Assist.

Enable Blackboard Assist within Blackboard Learn and you will:  

  • Give learners one place to find vital support services: Blackboard Assist’s prominent placement in Blackboard Learn helps make learners increasingly aware of all connected support resources.
  • Get learners to take advantage of available services: Blackboard Assist’s around-the-clock availability through both the desktop and Blackboard app means that learners can access these support resources whenever and wherever they need them. Featuring services offers an additional way to capture your learners’ attention.  
  • Gain access to Ally File Transformer: Blackboard’s Ally File Transformer helps learners to personalize their learning experience. It can convert files into alternative formats that better fit their needs, devices, and learning preferences.