New in Blackboard for Summer/Fall 2013

Missed an update?

Blackboard has been redesigned to be simple, intuitive, and focused on you.
How you learn. How you teach. How you grow as educators.

Behind the scenes for the past year, Blackboard has been transforming the user experience with additional tools such as the My Blackboard global navigation menu, social profiles, and spaces. In May, educators will discover even more new features, including streamlined discussion boards, in-line assignment grading, and a new retention center.

If you have any questions, please call the IT Service Desk at (859) 218-HELP (4357) or email

TurningPoint 5 Upgrade

TurningPoint has been upgraded in all AV classrooms! Visit our TurningPoint Upgrade page for more information.

Discussion Board Updates

A completely new, modern user experience in Blackboard Learn that consolidates threads onto a single page, greatly reducing the amount of clicking required to view responses and engage in class discussion. Additional improvements include the ability for you to require students to post before they can view other students' responses, and to rate or flag posts. Find out more at Blackboard Help or watch a video.

In-Line Assignment Grading

You will no longer be required to download submitted Word, PowerPoint, Excel, or PDF documents in order to grade them. These documents will now open directly in the web browser and allow you to make comments and annotations that will then be shared with students. Find out more at Blackboard Help or watch a video.

Retention Center

The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students may be struggling academically. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. Find out more at Blackboard Help or watch a video.

New Icons

Icons have been refreshed with a new, but similar look. The icons seen in Blackboard have been changed slightly to improve visibility and provide a more modern look. However, no changes to the functionality have occurred.