Blackboard was unavailable today, Saturday Sept. 14 from 6am until 12:30pm. We finished the update sparing 6 hours! During that time the system was being upgraded from Blackboard Version 9.1 Service Pack 10 to our current version of Bb v.9.1, SP13.
About Bb v.9.1, SP 13
This important service pack corrects the bug discovered during winter quarter finals 2013 that caused unplanned system downtime due to multiple very large and simultaneous file uploads. In addition, the following features have been enhanced:
- Updated discussion boards
- New Retention Center that replaces the old Early Warning Center
- Inline grading for assignments
- Improved math formula editor
- New test and survey options such as availability exceptions
- New achievements tool
- New Date Management tool to adjust all content and tool dates after copying course content.
- Exporting Test Questions
All questions are now retained in exported and imported tests, including questions that originate outside the exported test, such as Question Sets, Random Blocks, and Question Links. When the user exports a test and imports it back into a different course, all questions are now present irrespective of their origin.
Questions that are in question sets and random blocks in the originating test are imported into the new course in question pools. Single questions that were linked in the originating test are imported as “native” (non-linked) questions.
In current (Bb v.9.1, SP11) and previous versions: A source of frustration for students, instructors, and test proctors is the inability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problems during a test. Teachers and proctors have no way to verify student activity or lack of activity during a test. Students have no way to prove that they did begin a test and when. If students reported problems occurring during a test, they were either given the benefit of the doubt and the test was reset, or they were penalized for circumstances beyond their control.
SP13 addresses this issue by providing detailed information on student test attempt interactions. Instructors and other users who are granted permission, can view the Access Log for a test from the Attempts page of the test.
To learn more, see Test Access Log