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Blackboard Basic Release Notes Archive

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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 student from course and sync - If a student was removed from a course, this caused an error to appear when grades attempted to sync, revealing the error message: 'The specified object was not found'. 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.

2.5.28

  • Bug fix: no longer will sync anonymous marking submissions
  • Bug fix: no longer update gradebook column settings if setting to display grades to students before the assignment post date doesn't change

2.5.27

  • Added link for instructors to sync grades from Turnitin to Blackboard

2.5.26

  • Bug fixes (500 error on guest access, UTF-8 characters in assignment, IE issues)

2.5.25

  • Added administrator setting to preserve assignment dates on copied assignments

2.5.24

  • Allow for decimal values for grades
  • Allow for file attachment to submissions without supplying a grade
  • Roles with the word "Instructor" are considered Turnitin Instructors
  • Turnitin Assignments show up now if it is the only assignment in the content area
  • Administrators no longer get 500 error page when accessing Turnitin pages
  • Fixed other issues with 500 error pages

2.5.23

  • Fixed issue where users couldn't delete papers from the GradeCenter
  • Fixed Roster Sync issue to support foreign characters
  • Fixed issue where student users couldn't access grade info for Turnitin Assignments created with older versions of the plugin

2.5.22

  • Fixed issue with double breadcrumb in specific versions of Blackboard 9.0 and older plugins

2.5.21

  • Fixed issue where instructors couldn't attach files if grade wasn't assigned
  • Fixed issue where instructors couldn't remove attachments with apostrophes in the name

2.5.20

  • Fixed issue where assignments created with an older version of the plugin couldn't delete comment and feedback files

2.5.19

  • Change download of instructor comment/note files to be more secure

2.5.18

  • Fixed issue where students couldn't view Turnitin papers and reports
  • Fixed issue with viewing Turnitin Assignments by Groups

2.5.17

  • As of version 2.5.17 of our Building Block with Blackboard version 9.0+ we now support custom roles created within Blackboard. What this means is that the base Blackboard course roles (Student, Instructor, TA, Grader, and Course Builder) still work the same as they did before in previous versions of the Building Block. The Student role still will map to the student role in Turnitin and will only be able to view/complete a Turnitin Assignment and view their grades in the grade book. The Instructor, TA, Grader, and Course Builder role will be mapped to an instructor role in Turntiin. They will have access to all the content for the Turnitin Building Block as long as the role has access to the areas where the links and content reside within Blackboard.

 

  • For custom roles, the main privileges that are of concern are:
    • course.content.CREATE/MODIFY/DELETE/VIEW
    • course.control_panel.view
    • course.gradebook-item.MODIFY

 

  • Those with the privilege "course.content.CREATE/MODIFY/DELETE" will have the same respective ability with regards to Turnitin Assignments. For example, a role with only the privilege "course.content.CREATE" can only create Turnitin Assignments but cannot edit or remove the Turnitin Assignments. Roles with only course.content.VIEW will be treated as students through Turnitin. Roles with the privilege "course.control_panel.VIEW" will have access to the Turnitin tools that are located in the "Course Tools" section like viewing Turnitin Assignments and Turnitin Assignments by groups. Finally the privilege "course.gradebook-item.MODIFY" is not a privilege that can be granted directly through the Blackboard interface, it is something that is inherited from the base role that the new custom role is copied from. For example, the INSTRUCTOR role has this privilege and so any new custom role copied from it will have the privilege also. But if the new custom role is copied from the COURSE BUILDER role then since this role doesn't have the course.gradebook-item.MODIFY privilege, the new custom role will also not have this privilege. This privilege gives the user the ability to access the Blackboard grade book entries for Turnitin Assignments and give feedback and edit the grade.

2.5.16

  • fix issue with Blackboard 9.1 when students view the gradebook for an assignment and the page title doesn't show correctly
  • updated icons

2.5.15

  • fix for Blackboard 9.1: creating Turnitin Assignments is in the "Create Assessment" area

2.5.14

  • fixed issue with Java error when grading a submission
  • fixed issue with IE7 and vertical scrollbar not showing up

2.5.13

  • fixed issue with students getting a blank page if an instructor user is disabled
  • fixed an issue with IE where the frame height was too small

2.5.12

  • fixed an issue with small fonts with Blackboard 9.1
  • fixed an issue where administrators accessing Turnitin Assignments got a java error instead of the error page

2.5.11

  • fixed a double breadcrumb bar on the submission page for Blackboard 9.0

2.5.10

  • fixed cancelUrl links in Blackboard Gradebook pages
  • added a setting for instructors to choose whether to display grades to students before the assignment post date

2.5.9

  • in view assignments by groups, use current user instead of earliest enrolled instructor
  • fixed recallUrl links for confirmation pages
  • use earliest enrolled TA as the instructor if nobody is enrolled with the instructor role

2.5.8

  • save all files for instructor comments and notes in the directory including the user-created course ID; if the assignment was created using an older plugin (pre-2.x.0), there was a way it could have used the directory including the Blackboard-created primary course ID
  • when looking up files, search in directories using both the user-created course ID and the Blackboard-created primary course ID

2.5.7

  • fixed the jsp:forward call for students to view grades when using Blackboard 9.1
  • fixed a bug when looking up currently attached files if attempt directories don't yet exist

2.5.6

  • fixed a breadcrumb link for students on the submit page to go back to the Content page

2.5.5

  • fixed a link on the page to save grades in the Blackboard Gradebook for submissions to assignments created using an old building block

2.5.4

  • changed the way teacher email is created to support multiple instructor schema

2.5.2

  • added web services URL to configuration page as a setting
  • removed copy button when creating Turnitin Assignments
  • in course copy, set orig ID to first gradebook column ID if there is only one column
  • added support for Grader and Course Builder roles to see Turnitin Assignments as instructors
  • checked that paper ID for 'Clear Attempt' is valid value
  • fixed attempt ID to allow students to view instructor feedback files
  • fix Statistics page to support IE users

2.5.1

  • fix pages to support IE users
  • put Create, Modify, Submit, and View pages all within framesets
  • set size and names for these framesets so that they open completely
  • fix breadcrumbs within these pages to have correct target

2.5.0

  • changed version number according to new numbering scheme to match other versions and their numbering schemes
  • changed the directory in which files that instructors save for comments and notes are stored to include the user-created course ID rather than the Blackboard-created primary course ID. This is how files are stored for normal Blackboard assignments.
  • made changes to accommodate for Blackboard 9
  • fixed breadcrumb bar issues so links don't open new windows or add another breadcrumb bar to the frame
  • fixed links in breadcrumb bar
  • fixed paths to certain images ('OK', 'View') that resided in different places in previous versions of Blackboard
  • created new method to store files for instructor notes and comments because GradebookFileManager functions were deprecated
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