Feature & Function Updates - Q4 2016 Release (3100.0.6)

UNM Learn Updates for version Learn Q4 2016 Release (3100.0.6) was applied January 6, 2018. 
You may also be interested in looking at the Resolved Issues page.

Changes to UNM Learn Inline Grading (Assignment Markup) Tool

The Assignment tool in UNM Learn is designed to utilize a third-party service for inline grading, which allows instructors to make annotations on student work when grading assignments. Due to a buyout, the current service, Crocodoc, is being discontinued in January.  The company, Box, has provided Blackboard with a replacement service called New Box View (labeled “box” in Learn). We migrated to this new service for inline grading, prior to the Crocodoc demise date, on January 6, 2018.
As part of the migration to the new service, all prior annotations made using Crocodoc will be saved with the rendered student submission in a fixed format and will be viewable but un-editable. New annotations can be made using New Box View. 
New Box View provides a streamlined interface that will be accessed in the same way as the old tool. The workflow is similar, but some functionality will differ:  see Blackboard's page on Assignment Inline Grading.  To see a brief demonstration of the tool, view the Blackboard Inline Grading video.

Side by side comparison of old Crocodoc screen and New Box View


New Features and Significant Improvements from Q4 2016 (3100.0.3) applied August 2017

Drag and Drop Files

When instructors create content items, assignments, and web links, they can drag files from their computers to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. Students can also drag files to upload when they submit assignments. Note: Drag and drop does not work with folders, and is not yet available in every area of Blackboard Learn where users can attach files.

If there is a dotted box around the buttons for selecting files to upload, you can use it to drag and drop.

Submission confirmation receipts

Administrators and instructors can keep track of all student submissions, regardless of whether the attempt or assignment is deleted or the submission history is changed. A submission receipt is captured at the time of submission and includes information such as attached file information, date, time, etc. This feature provides evidence for academic disputes, giving students assurance about their work. A receipt is generated for each group member when a student submits on behalf of the group, and the anonymous state of an assignment is respected. For assignments with multiple attempts, students receive a different number for each submission.  Note: the ability for students to receive e-mail notification of the receipt will be provided in a later release, but is not available now.  For instructors, confirmation numbers can be accessed through Full Grade Center> Reports> Submission Receipts.

Instructors can now run a submission receipts report for assignments.


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 are not revealed.

Updated button behavior

Cancel/Submit buttons have been redesigned so that they will always pin to the bottom of the page, regardless of device.

Fewer Needs Grading Items

When multiple-attempt assessments are set to calculate using the first or last attempt, there are potentially numerous other attempts that will never be used for the grade calculation. This can be particularly problematic in anonymous or delegated grading scenarios where it can be difficult to determine which attempts are associated with students and, therefore, require grading. A new filter is now available both in the Needs Grading workflow as well as within the Grade Center to show or hide these attempts. Attempts that won't calculate towards the assessment grade are now indicated with an icon.

Accessibility Updates

There have been a few improvements related to accessibility.

SafeAssign URL Adder

The update adds a new feature for Instructor roles called the "URL Adder".  The URL Adder was created to allow users to suggest to SafeAssign additional webpages and websites that may not have been flagged or referenced in Originality Reports and submission analysis. Any URLs included using the URL Adder tool will be available to all SafeAssign users and institutions, meaning that suggesting URLs can benefit the entire SafeAssign community.

  • The URL Adder tool is accessible to instructors through: Course Tools> SafeAssign> URL Adder
  • URLs submitted to the tool will be added to the index at the end of each month, approximately every 30 days.
  • The instructor will NOT receive a notification if the URL they suggested is added to the SafeAssign index.