In late June, the university will update its learning management system to Blackboard 9, Service Pack 11 (SP11) . This upgrade will contain all the old features you have been using for years, and will add some new features. It also offers a new navigation center with instant access to all your courses, posts, and other notifications from a single location.
Here is the best short video about the new features in Service Packs 10 and 11 which we have seen…http://tinyurl.com/bwup8h4
By the way, as you use Google to learn more about features in Blackboard, Service Pack 10 is what you will see most frequently. Service Pack 10 brought many new features, especially on the student side. Service Pack 11 introduced bug fixes for 10.
If you would prefer a list of new features to print out, see http://www.mbc.edu/oit/whats-new-in-blackboard-sp11/
The new features which may save you time include:
Faster navigation. Just as your students have a new central navigation area, faculty also have this feature. See your name at the top right in Blackboard. Click on the icon immediately to the left of your name or the arrow to the right of your name. Avoid the icon to the far right which will log you out of Blackboard.
Improved Calendar. The new calendar feels more like a modern Google calendar than what had been available in the past. Your students may enjoy seeing a monthly view of assignments especially if you add the Calendar as a top level folder.
You can now record a comment or short explanation within Blackboard but this feature has not been dependable in our test so we recommend that you stay with Panopto for recording.