The new features in Blackboard’s June upgrade will be available from the morning of Friday 2nd June. This month’s upgrade includes the following new features to Ultra courses:

Announcements moved to the top navigation bar

Following the June upgrade, Announcements will move from the ‘Details & Actions’ menu to the top menu in Ultra courses.

• Blackboard Ultra course with new location for ‘Announcements’ highlighted

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Ultra tests: upload questions from a file

Prior or to the June upgrade, Ultra tests could only be created directly in Blackboard. After the upgrade, staff will be able to author tests offline in Excel or in a plain text editor (e.g., Notepad for Windows or TextEdit for Mac) and create tests questions in bulk in Ultra courses by importing the file. For more information about how to do this, please see: Blackboard Help – Upload Questions

• Blackboard Ultra test setup screen showing option to upload questions from file

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Journals – submission status filters available when using assessed journals

Following the June upgrade, staff will be able to use filters in the Marks & Participation view in journals. These filters will allow staff to quickly view their students’ journal entries based on the status of their submissions.

• Journal Marks & Participation view with Marking Status options highlighted

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More information

As ever, please get in touch with your learning technologist if you would like any more information about the new features available in this month’s upgrade: