Students: New Features and Enhancements for Spring 2014

The UNI eLearning team installed Service Pack 14 on Saturday, December 28, 2013.


Below is an explanation of the new Student features and enhancements that are available after the installation of Service Pack 14. Please visit the "To learn more" links for more information, tutorials, or videos.


Enhancements/Changes:


Profile Updates: There is a new workflow that presents every user with individual terms of service to accept before they can access any of the Cloud Profiles and Social features. To learn more, see Profile Updates.


My Grades Update: Several changes were made:

  • An Order by drop-down list allows you to change order by course, last activity, or due date. By default items are ordered by course, which displays items in the order the instructor has arranged them.

  • You can narrow the listed items by selecting All, Graded, Upcoming, and Submitted. For example, selecting Graded only shows rows that have been graded by the instructor.

  • The text size and row spacing have been reduced, resulting in more information being displayed on the page at once. Feedback is included right in-line, so you do not need to click on anything to view it – it just shows up on the page.

  • Grading Schemas greater than 100%: There is now an enhancement to allow for schema percentages to be greater than 100%.

To learn more, see My Grades Update and My Grades.


Tools Updates: Assignments, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis have been updated with the following:

  • Instructions have been removed from the details panel and is now above the content for quick reference. By default the instructions are minimized in Assignments but expanded in Blogs, Journals, and Wikis.Wikis.

  • You can view any goals your instructor has aligned to Blogs, Journals, and Wikis from the instructions panel.

To learn more, see Tools Updates.


Turnitin: Turnitin has added two enhancements:

  • Submit and Evaluate PowerPoint: Turnitin now supports student work submitted in PowerPoint presentation format. Turnitin converts the PowerPoint slide deck into a static PDF, leaving all text and images in their original format but leaving out dynamic touches like embedded video and animations.

  • Cloud Submit: Student papers residing as Google Drive™ or Dropbox files can now be submitted directly to Turnitin. Work stored in the Google Drive format will automatically convert to a PDF file as it's submitted to Turnitin. Files from Google Drive or Dropbox in the following formats will be accepted in the existing format: MS Word, WordPerfect, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice (ODT), Hangul (HWP), PowerPoint (PPT), and plain text.

To learn more, see Turnitin What's New.

New Features/Tools:


Course Message Notifications: Users can now receive notification that they have new messages from the "Updates" area in My Blackboard, in the "What's New" module on both institutional and course module pages, and from email.

To learn more, see Course Message Notifications and Course Messages.