Changes in Blackboard

this page informs you about changes in Blackboard as a result of upgrades or other projects

On August 12 2017 a new Blackboard version has been installed that contains a few changes. These are explained below.

Updated Button Behavior

It’s no longer necessary to scroll to the cancel/submit buttons, because they will always pin to the bottom of the page, regardless of device. 

Adding multiple attachments simultaneously

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag (multiple) files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Furthermore, it's also possible now to upload multiple files simultaneously via the button 'Browse my computer' (press Ctrl when selecting the files). These options are also available on the page where students can submit assignments.  
If the browser allows, users can drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually. Drag and drop is not yet available in every area of Blackboard where users can attach files.

The hot spot to drop files is marked:

When the files can be dropped, the area becomes purple:

Watch a short tutorial.

Submission Confirmation Receipts

When students submit assignments successfully, the Review Submission History page appears with information about their submitted assignments and a success message with a confirmation number. Students can copy and save this number as proof of their submissions and evidence for academic disputes. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission. 

You have a retrievable record in the system even if an attempt, assignment, or student is later deleted from the course. These records are maintained in the course and also retrievable after the archive and restore process.

You can access all of your students' confirmation numbers from the Grade Center. Access the Reports menu and select Submission Receipts

On the Submission Receipts page, you can view information for each assignment, such as who submitted and when. Group assignments are also logged and the Submitter column lists who submitted for the group. In the Submission column, view if a student submitted a file or wrote the submission in the assignment's editor. 
Use the menus at the top of the page to filter the items. In the second menu, select Not blank and leave the search box empty to show all of the submission receipts. Select a column heading to sort the items.

 Specific situations:

  • For group assignments, a receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group.
  • For anonymous grading, the anonymous state of an assignment is respected.
  • For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.


Instructors can send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included. 
Instructors can also send reminders for assignments with anonymous or delegated grading enabled. To protect anonymity, students' names and attempt statuses aren't revealed.

Fewer Needs Grading Items

When you allow multiple attempts, you may not need to grade all of them. The Needs Grading page automatically displays only the attempts that need grading based on which attempt you chose to grade—first or last.

You can choose to display all of the attempts from each student or group. Select the check box for Show attempts that don't contribute to user's grade and then select Go. The total number of items you need to grade increases to include the previously hidden attempts.

Course Activity Report Enhancement

The Course Activity Overview report has been updated to improve the experience for larger enrollment courses. Instructors can filter the report and break down the calculations of student activity by course groups.

Bug fixes

From the bugs that are solved, we only mention the ones from our known issues list.

Target group

Blackboard function



YouTube mashup

When clicking on the full-screen button in the Youtube mashup player it does not switch to full-screen mode for the video. Instead a popup saying "full screen mode is unavailable" is shown.  


Student preview

On the right you see a double scrollbar (regular students don't see that)


Discussion board

In a Discussion board thread only three posts are expanded, the rest is collapsed. If you click the button Expand All, not all posts will expand   


Needs attention module

This only applies to an assignment that has delegated grading: if an instructor/teaching assistant/marker is added as a delegated grader and the assignment is already submitted by one or more students, he doesn't see 'assignment need grading' in the Needs attention module on the notification dashboard  

New bugs

Target group

Blackboard function




When a content item is created and a User attempts to manually type in a date for Display After/Display Until, the date reverts back to either the current date or the last date chosen using the calendar date picker.

Workaround: use the calendar date picker.  


My Grades

For assignments with anonymous grading: the grades are not being displayed in My Grades.

Workaround: students can access their grade by clicking the assignment name within the My Grades area which displays the Review Submission History page.  



For scorm items with multiple attempt and setting ‘grade timing: first attempt’: grade centre shows ‘In progress’ instead of grade for scorm result.


  1. Edit the SCORM content item.
  2. For the Grade Timing option select Grade of Last SCORM Attempt.
  3. Click Submit and navigate to the Full Grade Center.
  4. Select Edit Column Information for the column associated to the SCORM content item.
  5. For the Score attempts using setting select First Graded Attempt.
  6. Click Submit.  



Access denied error occurs when running organisation reports.

Workaround: the report ‘organisation activity overview’ can still be run by the system administrator. Contact your Blackboard support.  

Changes in Blackboard apps

It’s not related to this release, but Blackboard has made some changes recently in the Blackboard apps:

Recently there have been some changes in the apps from Blackboard:

  • The app for students is now called ‘Blackboard’ (previously Bb Student). There was no change in functionality.
  • A new app for instructors has been released: Blackboard Instructor.
  • The app Mobile Learn will be removed from the app stores on 1 August and will not be supported anymore. If you are still using this app, it's advisable to switch to the app Blackboard (if you're a student) or the app Blackboard Instructor (if you're an instructor). It's already known that Mobile Learn will not function under iOS11.