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Recently, there were a few reports where SafeAssign and Inline grading wouldn’t work. After doing some investigation, I’ve figured out the root cause of this. Both SafeAssign and Inline Grading tools do NOT “yet” support Essay type questions. If an assignment consists of an essay-type question where students attach their work then SafeAssign and Inline […]

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Known Bug: SafeAssign Cannot Process the Originality Report of a Submitted PDF File Due to a recent known bug in the SafeAssign tool, it cannot process the originality report of a submitted PDF file. Instead, the following message is displayed: “SafeAssign couldn’t process the files listed below. Select a file in the list to learn […]

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Known Bugs with the Rubrics tool We have recently discovered a few bugs in the Rubrics tool where: Individual criterion feedback randomly disappears or may not be visible to students Percents Instead of Scores are Shown in Rubric Under Student’s Attempt Individual criterion feedback scores may disappear Blackboard is aware of the issue and is […]

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A bug has been identified in Bb U where rubric feedback disappears from graded assignments. Bb is aware and urgently working on a solution. Until we receive that solution instructors are advised to NOT use the feedback feature in Rubrics. More to follow.

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Steps for Accessing and Printing Tests from ULTRA courses  Fill out a form to request access to download a free version of Respondus Instructions for Downloading and Installing Respondus (PC supported ONLY) Retrieving Tests from ULTRA Using Respondus Book Assistance if required

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Sept 16, 2022 “SafeAssign” is having an issue where it fails to render PDFs, some Word and Excel documents. Blackboard product development team is actively working on a fix.

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Before the next term begins Blackboard has shared some best practices. Discover best practices for instructors shared by Blackboard Learn experts and leading higher education institutions around the globe. Please see Blackboard Ultra Best Practices for Instructors for more details.

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The July 2022 release is robust with features in four areas: assessment and grading; richer course and content design. They include: Select a points overall grade calculation Download grade history Edit the points a student earns on an assessment question Copy question banks Convert Blank Pages in Original Course View to Documents in Ultra Course […]

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10 June 2022 — Blackboard Purge — ALL Sites up to and Including Winter 2021 A reminder of the next scheduled deletion of all old BB sites up to and including Winter 2021. When: June 10, 2022 What will be purged: All Winter 2021 Courses including all DEV/DEVU/SBX/SBXU/MSTR Courses generated on and before April 18th, 2021. […]

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There have been a number of incidents where the feedback that instructors have provided to students on assessments (ex. Assignments) has been completely lost and unable to be retrieved. This is a software defect in Blackboard which we have escalated to the Blackboard team for them to resolve. As midterms and finals will be approaching […]

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