What’s New In Blackboard Learn 9.1 SP 14


The report has been updated with a new look and feel. The report now displays multiple attachments and attempts.

The email option has been removed. While viewing the report, you can "print to pdf" either natively or using a plug-in based on the operating system and browser combination that you are using to create an accessible PDF. You then can share the PDF in multiple ways, including secure email.

During the redesign of the SafeAssign originality report, it became clear that the mixed script count was potentially showing misleading and confusing information. The mixed script count identifies the potential of multiple scripts used in an assignment to hide acts of plagiarism. It was discovered that the count was based on the number of words or sentences in the text and was only triggered by Cyrillic. The count should be based on all of the ways multiple scripts can be used to avoid plagiarism detection. Also, the areas where each script was used were not identified in the document and had to be manually located. For these reasons, while the originality report continues to alert you to any use of mixed-script characters within individual words anywhere in a submission, the word count will not be available until it can be accurate for all script combinations and all instances can be highlighted in the report.



Groups View

Easily see which students are in which groups, including which students are not in any groups.

Easily see and modify group memberships. Avatars are now available to distinguish among users.

Choose and manage membership for groups sets with an improved workflow.

Import and export groups and group memberships.

Sort columns, perform bulk actions for deleting groups, and create Grade Center smart views for one or more groups on the All Groups page.

Optionally, manage tool availability for all groups on the All Groups page.

Tour the GROUPS Page

When you access the Groups page, you will see three links at the top of the page for All Groups,

Groups Sets, and All Users. Use the View Options dropown list on the action bar to show or hide tool availability.

After you create groups, you have the option to make tools available or unavailable. Click the check mark in a tool's column to make it unavailable—an X appears. Click the X in a tool's column to make it available—a check mark appears.

With the Bulk Actions drop-down list on the action bar, you can select groups for deletion or create smart views in the Grade Center for each group. A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center. It shows only the columns that match a set of criteria, and the view is saved for continued use. When the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns, you can use smart views to quickly find data.



Tour the ALL USERS Page

On the Groups page, click the All Users link at the top of the page. On the All Users page, you can view which groups students belong to, search for users, add multiple users to a group you select

and delete users from groups.

All Users


Learn the Lingo

Group code
On the Groups page, you can reveal unique identifiers for each group that are used strictly for importing groups.

Group homepage
Each group generates a page that becomes the hub for group activity and can contain a description of the group, a list of members, tools, and assignments. Students can customize the page by adding personal modules, such as Report Card, visible only to the member who added the modules.

Group set
You have the ability to generate multiple groups at one time.

Manual enroll
You assign each student to the course group you want them in. Manual enrollment is available for both single groups and group sets.

My Groups panel
The My Groups panel appears following the course menu. It provides direct links to the group space for each group a student belongs to. Students can expand the panel to reveal all the tools that are available for the group to use. The panel appears automatically if a user is enrolled in one or more groups.

Random enroll
For group sets, the system automatically distributes membership based on a designated number of students per group or the designated number of groups.

With sign-up sheets, you can allow students to sign up for the groups they want to join.


Test access log shows a detailed list of every interaction that students engage in when taking a test. If a student claims to have started a test the log will show the time the test was started. If a network or internet disruption occurred during the test for example, the log would show an unusual gap in the time.

In calculated formula questions, instructors can select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system.


Access Log


You can penalize students' incorrect answers with negative points.

This feature is most often used in Multiple Choice tests to discourage guessing. For example, you might use negative points when creating a test in the medical field where a student’s incorrect answer could result in patient injury or death.

You can enable the negative points option during question creation or when editing a question.

Negative points for incorrect answers is available for the following question types:

  • Matching
  • Multiple answer
  • Multiple choice

For example, if a Multiple Choice question awards 5 points for a correct answer and 0 points for skipping it, you can set -20% (or -1 point) for each of the incorrect answers.

Valid negative point percentage values for a question are -100.0 to -0.0.

You can deliver tests in a specific physical location.

As increasing numbers of institutions are delivering high-stakes tests using Blackboard Learn, there is an increased desire on the part of course facilitators, instructors, and administrators to prevent students from cheating. High-stakes tests are often delivered to students in proctored lab environments to ensure that students can be identified—using an ID—and monitored while taking a test. However, if students can access the test from any location during the testing window, students could conspire to have someone else take the test on their behalf, compromising the security of the testing environment.

*IP addresses identify specific computers and are a good method to enforce the location-restriction requirements described above. The first step is for your institution to create a range of IP addresses to correspond to one or more network segments that are used exclusively in the testing environments.

Test Availability Exceptions


My Grades ordering and design update

The page provides students with a new default option for the order grades are displayed in.

My Grades


Inline Grading

Assignment, Blog, Journal and Wiki instructions have been removed from the details panel and is now above the content for quick reference. By default the instructions are minimized in Assignments but expanded in Blogs, Journals, and Wikis.

Goals can be aligned to Blogs, Journals and Wikis from the instructions panel. Instructors can optionally choose to view students who have not submitted an assignment or posted an entry from the inline grading sidebar.

Change to Test Feedback Options

A change has been made to the functionality of the Score option on the Test Options settings page.

Prior to the SP 14 upgrade, selecting Score would allow students to only see their overall test score after submitting their test. The Score option has been changed to Score per Question.

Selecting the Score per Question option will permit students to view their test score, as well as a list of test questions and the points earned for each. This is now the default for new and existing tests.

Show Test Results

To prevent students from viewing the test questions in existing tests, edit test options and un-check the Score per Question box. When creating new tests, be sure to un-check this default selection if you wish. Un-checking this option will allow students to see only their overall earned score.

Test Questions


To prevent students from viewing ANY test feedback, hide the grade center column from student view.