New features in Blackboard are coming, with an upgrade of our system being planned for the summer. As well as new features (some of which can be seen in a previous post), there will be some much requested “fixes” and some improvements to current tools.
Here you can see how the discussion boards will have a new look and feel, with profile pictures to more easily identify, at a glance, who is contributing to the discussion.
The “post first” feature, which can be set by the instructor, forces students to post a response to a thread before being able to read their fellow-students’ contributions. It is hoped that this will increase originality, rather than having students simply rehashing the points made by others.
What do you think of the new features? Leave a comment and let us know.