Enhanced Features for Blackboard Learn in May


Coming Thursday, May 23, 2013!

An enhanced version of Blackboard Learn will appear when you login on Thursday, May 23, 2013. Blackboard Learn servers will be taken offline on Thursday, May 23, 2013, from 4:00 AM-4:00 PM in order to install a service pack upgrade. Updating to will allow the following enhancements to be available to the Pace community.

Click on each to learn more:


Watch the online DEMO of Blackboard Enhancements:




Below are dates for DEMO sessions. No registration is required to attend. Webinars are held online, and our face-to-face meetings will be held in the CTLT Labs on each campus; NYC – E201 in One Pace Plaza; PLV – Mortola 2nd floor.

  • Thursday, March 21, 12:00 PM – Webinar
  • Friday, April 5, 11:00 AM – Webinar
  • Wednesday, April 17, 12:20 PM – CTLT Labs
  • Friday, May 3, 11:00 AM – Webinar
  • Tues.-Wed., May 21-22 – The Faculty Institute

We highly encourage you all to attend. No registration is required to attend. Again, this new version will appear after Thursday, May 23, 2013. As always, for instructional videos on how to use certain features in Blackboard Learn, please visit www.pace.edu/blackboardhelp.



Full Descriptions of Enhancements

1) New Content Editor
The new Content Editor vastly improves the user experience for entering text, pasting content from Microsoft Word, and adding content to all areas of Blackboard Learn. Plus, the addition of new icons akin to Microsoft Word to help you format your content better.

View short video: Using the Content Editor »

2) Video Everywhere
Use the content editor in Blackboard to create video using your webcam. Upload your recordings directly to YouTube using your registered Google account and YouTube channel.

View short video: Video Everywhere »

3) Social Learning
Blackboard Learn’s social learning tools enable you to connect, communicate, and collaborate with your institution’s Blackboard users.

View short video: Profiles »
View short video: My Blackboard Posts »
View short video: Social Learning Tools »

4) Discussions
Discussion have been updated in two ways: the thread detail page has been redesigned but still maintains current functionality and instructors can now require students first post to a forum before they can view other posts.

View short video: Discussions »

5) Inline Assignment Grading
Instead of downloading student-submitted files to grade, instructors can now see those files “inline,” i.e. in the web browser. Annotation tools also enable instructors to provide feedback — comments, highlights, and even drawing — directly on the inline view of the document.

View short video: Inline assignment Grading »

6) Calendar
The new Calendar feature allows instructors and students to view institution level, course and personal events in a single calendar view. And export to third-party calendars like Outlook or Google.

View short video: Calendar for Instructors »



Again, these enhancements will appear after Thursday, May 23, 2013. We highly encourage you all to attend one of our webinars and/or face-to-face campus meetings listed at the top of this page. No registration is required to attend.

Watch the online DEMO of Blackboard Enhancements: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-05-03.0838.M.53C866982FD560B77DA6815A430CF1.vcr&sid=2011441


Nearly 600 educators at 640 schools helped Blackboard in the redesign of the Blackboard Learn platform to be simple, intuitive and focused on you as an educator. If you are interested in being part of this Blackboard Idea Exchange (BIE) group at Pace, and make recommendations on new releases of Blackboard Learn, contact Julio Rodriguez for more information.

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3 Responses to “Enhanced Features for Blackboard Learn in May”

  1. Julio Rodriguez-Rentas 21. Mar, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Hello, all! Here is the recorded webinar video link to today’s DEMO on the new SP12 of Blackboard Learn coming in May. Make sure to save the dates above and tell you colleagues to attend! https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2013-03-21.0942.M.9E191CF598FD3EA1C7FA9B821CF5F3.vcr&sid=2011441

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