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There are several new features for BlackBoard in the Grade Center and with grading assignments.

Grade Center Improvements

  • Instructors can now view full titles of Grade Center columns, making it easier to distinguish between similarly-titled items. Previously it cut off the full title.  Now it wraps the text to include the full name, as shown below.
 full titles in grade center
  • Instructors can also now view as many columns as the size of their window will allow. Previously, there was a set number of columns that an instructor could view.
  • Instructors have the ability to view the Grade Center in full-screen mode. full screen mode in grade center
  • Instructors who grade anonymously can now grant an additional attempt for students. Previously, when the option was set to anonymous grading, the prior attempt could not be cleared, because it was anonymous.



Grading Improvements

Create Recording for Feedback

Instructors can now create video or audio feedback recordings for assignments. Each recording can be up to five minutes long and can be both video and audio. Videos are stored in the cloud and do not take up local storage on an instructor’s computer.
The following feedback locations are supported:
  • Assignment
  • Test
  • Graded Discussion
  • Graded Wiki
  • Graded Blog
  • Graded Journal
  • Feedback in a manual grade column
Students will see icons representing recordings that they can select to start streaming playback of the video on their computer or mobile device. In the feedback section of one of the above locations, the instructor can click the microphone icon to begin recording.



New Box View (Inline Grading Updates)

 Download annotated PDF’s
  • Instructors and students can download certain file types (DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS, XLSX) with annotations as an annotated PDF. Students can download the annotated file after their submission has been graded. This option was previously not available and students could only view the annotations within Blackboard.

Excel-based File Annotations

  • Box has enabled annotations capabilities for Excel-based file formats (.xls, .xlsx, etc.).
Visit Inline Grading and New Box View Update (July 2018) on the Blackboard Community for more information and a video demonstration.

NOTE: There is a known issue with Chrome’s built-in PDF viewer which may cause problems when viewing the PDF documents created with this functionality.  Therefore, we recommend viewing PDFs using a native PDF viewer like Adobe Acrobat.


 Student Updates

Students can now clear a selection from multiple-choice questions. This lets students avoid a penalty when they made an initial selection and negative points are associated with answer choices.