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Blackboard Direct v2.5 Release Notes

2018-February-12

v20180212.1.0

 

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What's new

 


font-awesome_4-7-0_graduation-cap_256_0_1c7ec9_none.png How we can show you grades within our Turnitin Direct v2.5 plug-in has changed
 

Previously, if you were using grading schemes we'd show you this converted value in the Turnitin Inbox. Unfortunately, we will no longer be able to show you this value.
 

In the Turnitin inbox, you will only ever see the raw numeric value given for the submission. This value will still be passed to the Blackboard grade centre where you can continue to use grading schemes.

 

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  v20180117.1.0

 

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What's new

 


Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 2.41.33 PM.png Instant Similarity Reports for up to three resubmissions
 

 

Feedback Studio allows students to view their Similarity Report results immediately! Students can now view their initial Similarity Report, then revise and resubmit their work up to three times, without having to wait 24 hours for an updated report. After three resubmissions have been made, the 24-hour report generation wait time will be restored. Instantaneous similarity results give students the formative support they need to master paraphrasing and citation conventions efficiently.

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To enable resubmissions for students, you must correctly configure the assignment settings of a new or existing Blackboard V2.5 assignment.

1. Scroll to Assignment.
2. Under Report generation speed, select Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until due date): After 3 resubmissions, reports generate after 24 hours.

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Rubric_icon.png Genre-specific rubrics in Feedback Studio
 

Revision Assistant's genre-specific rubrics are now available in Feedback Studio, designed with 6th - 12th graders in mind! K-12 instructors can assign new rubrics to their assignments to help their students master the art of argumentative, narrative, informative, and analytical writing. If you're actively using Revision Assistant and Feedback Studio together, you can now promote consistency in the classroom by adopting the same rubrics.

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To attach a new rubric, launch the rubric and form manager from the Blackboard V2.5 submissions inbox, or alternatively, from within Feedback Studio.

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Screen Shot 2018-01-12 at 2.30.10 PM.png K-12 QuickMark sets in Feedback Studio
 

 

QuickMarks are Turnitin's most popular feedback tool among Feedback Studio instructors! But in finding that many of our default QuickMark sets failed to address the needs of our K-12 instructors and students, we've added two new sets to the Feedback Studio collection. Our new drag-and-drop (and customizable!) comments will help instructors help their students to engage in revision, save time, and more importantly, achieve learning outcomes. Read more.

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To view and edit your new QuickMarks, launch the QuickMark manager from the Blackboard Direct V2.5 submissions inbox, or alternatively, from within Feedback Studio.

 

 

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 Fixes and enhancements

 


font-awesome_4-7-0_bug_256_0_2f78c8_none (1).png Overall grades now appear correctly when using the schema scoring 
 

 

When an assignment was configured to use the grading schema, 'Score', a submission's overall grade in the submissions inbox appeared to multiply by 1000. For example, a grade of 44 displayed as 44000. Sadly, our instructors weren't being overly generous this time, but rather a pesky bug! Having squished this critter, scores now appear as expected.

 

 

2017 Nov 13th

Version 20171113.1.0

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What's new

 


Introducing a more efficient way to find students when submitting on their behalf

 

Previously (and somewhat awkwardly), lists didn’t follow a logical order, making it difficult to find a specific student in a large class to submit on behalf of. We’ve made it easier with alphabetical ordering!

 

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We now automatically detect the API URL and apply it so you don’t have to!


During configuration of the Blackboard Direct v2.5 plugin, you've previously been asked to manually select the appropriate API URL depending on your location. From version 20161223.1, we’ll do that job for you... we’ve got this!

 

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We’ll now always recognize all modified Turnitin-supported language packs

 

Previously, using a modified language pack, such as ja_JP_custom, caused the plugin to default to English. We'll now recognize these modified language packs, and as long as Turnitin supports the language, we'll display it when using Turnitin services too!

 

Language packs are a Blackboard feature that allow you to use different languages in the user interface and help files. They can be created and modified by users.

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Turnitin v2.5 now supports Blackboard Learn Saas v3300 / Learn Q4 2017

 

Blackboard have changed their permission requirements to be more specific. After lots of testing, Turnitin v2.5 Plugin now supports this Blackboard release!

 

 

 

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Fixes and enhancements

 


Fixed! Custom settings are now carried over into future assignments as default

 

Oops! if a user checked the box to Use these options as system defaults, the settings weren't saving. Now, they’ll save without issue. All fixed!

 

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Fixed! Instructor comments will download successfully in Chrome

 

If you tried to download instructor comments files from the grade center using a Chrome browser, the download would fail with a messy error message. We've polished up our code to a shiny chrome finish, so you won’t encounter this problem again.

 

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Fixed! We’ll encode filenames correctly when uploading instructor comments

 

While we all love a good word search puzzle, it wasn’t all that fun attempting to identify an uploaded file when they were all encoded as ????.xxx. Now, they’ll be encoded correctly at the point of upload and the filename will display correctly, too.

 

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Fixed! We’ll now always display your language preference in Blackboard

 

If the Blackboard locale was set to anything other than EN-US (American English), the document viewer would still open in EN-US. You’ll now see your set language in the document viewer, providing it’s a Turnitin-supported language.

 

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Enhanced! We now truncate long Turnitin submission titles to 60 characters

 

As Turnitin submission titles can be as long as 200 characters, long titles could appear a little unkempt, with the extra character length stretching the paper title box. Don't worry! You can still view the full title by hovering over it in the submission inbox and viewing its tooltip.

 

Tooltips appear when the cursor is positioned over an icon, image, or any other graphic. The inclusion of icon tooltips increases accessibility for users (particularly those using screen readers!).

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