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Blackboard Basic Release Notes

You can find the latest version of this plugin by following this link.

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.

2.7.3

13-November-2017

 

What we've been working on...

 

Updated manifest file permissions - Blackboard have changed their permission requirements to be more specific. After lots of tests against the release of Blackboard Learn SaaS v3300 / Learn Q4 2017, file permissions are now all set correctly. Keep an eye open for further improvements coming soon. 

 

Updates to instructor permission checks - We've added a few extra security checks when instructors are accessing the integration. You won't notice any changes, as they all happen in the background. 

 

Bug fixes

 

Web service URL description update - We've updated the description for the web service URL field when configuring the Basic integration to not reference a static Blackboard database but rather reference the actual database name. You can make any adjustments you would usually do at this point. 

 

Previously:

http[s]://<URL to Blackboard>/webapps/turn-plgnhndl-bb_bb60/services/TiiBbWebService

 

Now:

http[s]://<URL to Blackboard>/webapps/turn-plgnhndl-BB313871SF785496/services/TiiBbWebService

 

Removing grades causes the grade to be set to 0 - If a grade was removed in Turnitin, it would change to 0 within the grade centre. Understandably, this could cause unnecessary distress for students, finding that they now have a 0 grade, rather than no grade at all! When grades are removed from Turnitin, we will now let the Grade Centre know that the submission needs grading. 

 

Paper remains ungraded when adding comments or uploading files - If you added comments or uploaded a file via the 'Modify Grade' page (also known as the Attempt page) before setting a grade, things got a little confusing, setting the grade to 0. Now you can add to this page and still be notified that the assignment needs grading. 

 

Successfully remove submissions and sync - If a student removed a submission, this caused an error to appear when grades attempted to sync, revealing the error message: 'The specified object was not found'. Although Halloween has passed, we managed to scare those ghost submissions away; syncing grades will now work as intended. 

 


2.7.2

  • Sync Grades now correctly sets a submission’s attempt date.
  • Gradecentre column type is no longer reset to ‘Score’ by the building block.
  • View Assignments by Groups table is now sorted on paper ID by default.
  • Fixed an issue when accessing assignments in copied courses that could cause the following error:
    • java.lang.NullPointerException 
    • com.iparadigms.blackboard.TiiRequestDispatcher.doRedirect(TiiRequestDispatcher.java:240)

 


2.7.1

2016/09/29 - Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • In view by groups, column sorting fixed for grade and similarity

  • Updated role check so that content/course builder can no longer access the instructor inbox

  • Grades are now synced when accessing an attempt in student view.

    • This also has the effect of ensuring the paper_id parameter is never empty, which in previous versions could cause an Object ID missing error.

 


2.7.0

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  •  Added support for Learn Q2 2016. Issue caused by regex version checks

  • Fixed 9999 sync grades Error in copied courses by adding code to update the Lineitem's assessment ID with the new content ID

  • Stopped sync grades throwing an error in a copied course with no students enrolled in Turnitin

  • Fixed error thrown in URL Handler Updater when new Gradecentre columns were added with the Turnitin type applied

 


2.6.10

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.

 

  •  Fixed bug causing sorting tools not to load on view assignments by group page.

 


2.6.9

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page. 

 

  • Fixed bug with getEarliestInstructor method, which could cause an error when students access a submission attempt.

 


2.6.8

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page. 

 

  • Corrected receipt title on assignment delete page.

  • Updated to faster method of determining instructor on a course during assignment recycle.

  • Fixed issue with feedback file url/encoding (e.g. '+' in filename).

 


2.6.7

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page. 

 

  • Added confirmation box / spacing to delete assignment link in Turnitin assignments list.
  • Fixed issue syncing grades when a Blackboard assignment exists with the same name as a Turnitin assignment
  • Updated handling of post course copy assignments.

 


2.6.6 

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page. 

 

  • List Assignments page now has option to delete assignment.
  • List Assignments page is now sorted correctly by PKID (Integer).
  • Added support tool to assist in re-mapping of incorrect TII Assignment Content Item to BB Grade Center Column Item mappings.

 


2.6.5

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page. 

 

  • Feedback filenames are now encoded to allow characters like #
  • Class Title in API calls now has the Blackboard Course pkid appended to address issues with non-unique class titles in Turnitin.

 


2.6.4

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • Added Show All button to group view
  • Added additional entitlements to instructor check for use during assignment recycle.
  • Updated UK Turnitin API Url from submit.ac.uk to turnitinuk.com
  • Fixed issue where Turnitin Assignment has the same name as a Blackboard Assignment.

 


2.6.3

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • Updated tags in Grade Centre view, which now displays the Blackboard Side-Menu
  • Added plugin version to error page
  • Grade Centre schema is now preserved when accessing / modifying a BB Basic assignment i.e.  If you set a column to use 'Letter' that type will be preserved

 


2.6.2

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • Add additional functionality to handle course/assignment recycle when a student is the first to access a Turnitin Assignment after a course copy.
  • Removed unnecessary slash from iframe request URL

 


2.6.1

Important: If upgrading from v2.5.28 or lower, after installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • Fixed issue where Special Instructions were not displayed with the assignment link
  • Added link to user guides to the plugin configuration page
  • Added function to handle users in 'student preview mode' (functionality is blocked).
  • Updated workflow for copied course / student interaction. Previously if a student accessed a copied course before an instructor had activated it they would receive an error. Now if a student accesses a copied assignment that hasn't been recycled a check will be made for users on the course with Instructor / Teaching Assistant role, or the entitlement to create content items, and if found, will be used to trigger the recycle process, meaning an instructor does not have to go into a copied course and 'activate' all of the assignments.  Note: If no suitable 'instructor' is found on the course then students will still receive an error.

 


2.6.0

Important: After installation you must configure the API URL option in the Building Block configuration page.
 

  • Assignments are no longer deleted in Turnitin when removed in Blackboard. This solves the problem with course copy / recycle when the original course or assignment is removed. 'snapshot' issue
  • Added API URL selector to plugin config.
  • Updated Turnitin Assignment List page so that assignments are listed by content ID ascending. This means that assignments should be listed in the order they were created.
  • Updated View Assignments by groups page to use datatables for improved sorting
  • Various BBNG Tags updated, which should solve issues with breadcrumbs
  • Added entitlement check to 'recycle' process. When the 'View/complete' link is clicked and it is determined that the course must be recycled and the user who clicked is a 'student'  then an error is thrown (Until an instructor clicks the 'View/complete' link, triggering the recycle process).
  • Updated error page.
  • Fixed issue where creating basic assignment was changing container folder body by adding the View assignment link.
  • Fixed issue where creating basic assignment was changing content type of container folder.
  • Fixed issue where creating basic assignment that had the same name as a blackboard assignment, would break the blackboard assignment when the basic assignment was deleted.
  • Fixed issue where deleting basic assignment deletes correct corresponding grade centre column.

Archive

 

For earlier Blackboard Basic release notes, visit the archive.

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