Blackboard Service Pack 6 Updates

IT upgraded Bb to the latest service pack (SP6) on August 14th.
Service Pack 6 includes fixes for bugs we encountered in Bb 9.1.
I listed some of the new features below that are included in SP6.

Service Pack 6 adds performance enhancements to the application such as:

Timed Assessments
Attempt information for timed assessments includes details on how much time the student spent on the attempt versus how
much time was allotted. Instructors can choose to make the timed assessment save and submit automatically when the timer
expires, or to allow the assessment to continue beyond the allotted time.

Needs Grading
Gradable Blogs, Journals, Wikis, and Discussion Board activity can appear in Needs Grading status in the Grade Center
and on the Needs Grading page. When an instructor chooses to make an interactive tool gradable, they will also have the
option to choose how many interactions will place the item in needs grading status. A Discussion Board forum, for instance,
might be set to only appear in Needs Grading status after a student has made three posts, rather than with each individual post.

Interactive Rubrics
When creating a rubric, instructors can assign weights to categories, allowing the same rubric to be used across multiple items
with different possible points. Rubrics can be imported and exported for use across courses. Instructors can associate rubrics
when creating gradable content items, including Blogs, Journals, Wikis, Discussion Boards, Assignments, and short-answer,
file-response, or essay questions in tests and pools. Rubrics can be associated with multiple items, and all associations can be
viewed from the Rubric tool.. Multiple rubrics can be associated with an item. The rubrics can be visible to students at any time,
or only after grading has been completed. Instructors can interact with any associated rubric for grading in a grid or list view,
and Feedback can be typed for each criteria as well as the entire assessment. Grades calculated using rubrics can be overridden.
When a rubric has been used for grading, a report is available to view the results.

Source: Al Labonis, Blackboard Administrator, Office of Information Technology

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