New Features in Blackboard

Coming August 18th!

Because of this features upgrade, Blackboard will be unavailable from 6pm to 6am on Saturday, August 17th.


  • Any activity you create that has a due date can now have corresponding calendar item created automatically.
  • If you want to change the date, just drag-and-drop the calendar item. The activity due date is updated instantly.
  • You can create recurring (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly) items in the calendar.
  • The course calendar can be exported via an iCal feed to Outlook, Google Calendar, and other third-party calendars.

Learn more about Calendar


  • Rather than making a copy of a test to allow for a makeup or students who need extra time, you can now add exceptions to their original test, setting the availability and duration for individual students.
  • You can now access detailed data about how your entire class answered individual test questions. You can analyze and identify problematic test questions that are too easy or too difficult.

Learn more about Tests

Assignment Grading

  • You can now view and correct assignments and provide feedback within Blackboard, instead of downloading, opening and uploading attachments.

Learn more about Assignment Grading

Discussion Board

  • You can now read all posts for a thread on one page.
  • You will be able to set due dates for graded Discussion forums in forum settings.
  • A new “post first” setting is now available. When this setting is enabled, students are required to create a thread before they can view other threads in the forum.
  • The description for a discussion now appears on the “Create Thread” page if settings are enabled for students to create new threads.
  • While viewing a discussion post, you can use the email tool to write a private message to the author of the post.

Learn more about Discussion Board

Retention Center

  • The new Retention Center, which replaces the Early Warning System in Vista, alerts instructors when students are not engaging with the course.

Learn more about Retention Center

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