Starting in the Fall 2013 semester there will be several updates and changes to the myCourses system.

Updated or Changed Features:

Login Overlay

  • After the August 17 upgrade, the first time that you log into the new system you will see a gray screen prompting you to "take a tour" or select "I'll do it later." Using the My Blackboard profile is optional.
  • Click here for a video demonstration.

View Entire Discussion Threads on One Page

  • Clicking on a Discussion thread will now display all the posts within that thread on a single page.
  • Replying to a post will now open the Content Editor in the same page, making it easier to view other submissions while writing your own response.
  • Click here for a video demonstration.

Inline Assignment Grading

  • Comment and annotate on attachments directly within your web browser.
  • No longer need to download or re-attach student attachments within Assignments.
  • Click here for a video demonstration.

Logout Button

  • A power button symbol is now used to log out of your myCourses account in place of the "Logout" button.

New Features

The Retention Center

The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.

Improved Calendar

Course calendar events appear to all members of the course. Common entries include upcoming tests, due dates for assignments, or special lectures. Course items with due dates automatically appear in the course calendar. Only instructors may create additional course calendar events.

My Blackboard Profile

A profile is a reflection of how you want to present yourself to your peers, classmates, and instructors. In your Blackboard profile ,you decide what you want to be called, what your academic interests are, and anything else you want to share with other users. A profile is not the same as your user account.
My Blackboard profile video demonstration

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My Blackboard Updates aggregates all notifications that users have elected to receive.

My Blackboard Posts Feed

My Blackboard Posts aggregates posts and comments from blogs, journals, wikis, and discussion boards in courses

Test Options Exceptions

Test availability exceptions is a set of new settings on the Test Options page, available only after the test is added to a content area. Select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. Exceptions can be used to provide an accomodation to a disabled student, or provide accomodations for technology and language differences. Exceptions can be created for:
  • Number of attempts
  • Timer
  • Availability
  • Force completion

Test Cutoff Date

Instructors can disallow students from starting a Test if the due date has passed.

Test Item Analysis

Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts.

Improved Math Editor

The new math editor also supports the editing and display of LaTeX formulas. The formula are displayed normally when in display mode, and when in editing mode the editor displays the LaTeX for the formula. LaTeX formula may be edited directly using LaTeX or by clicking in the formula and opening the WIRIS editor for true WYSIWYG editing. On saving the LaTeX formula is not converted and retains its LaTeX origin. This serves as a useful tool for those who have libraries of LaTeX formula as those may now be copy-pasted into the editor for reuse or as basis for new formula.

Video Everywhere

Video Everywhere is a feature of the text editor. A new webcam icon has been added to the Content Editor that controls a user’s webcam. When activated, users can record video and upload it directly to YouTube. The feature provides the ability for faculty and students to:
  • Record a video on the fly using a webcam and have it seamlessly embedded in course materials, interactions, and feedback through the content editor.
  • Reuse and embed previously recorded videos by choosing from one’s own “library” of videos.