Features & Functionality for Faculty

Blackboard 9.1 now offers a fresh, cleaner interface and a number of new enhancements.

Logging into Blackboard is the same using your network password and username.

Enhancements include:

Safe Assignment integration within Assessment, Assignment option; now supports multiple attempts; and the ability to review report, access rubric and grade using the In-Line grading feature.


 Instructors now have the option to invoke a "Student Preview" from within the current course. You can see what the student sees (yes, even the layout of MyGrades!)



Prior Enhancements Video 

Download QuickTips for Faculty PDF


Global Navigation:

Global Navigation provides an aggregated view of your courses/organizations. The Post tool allows you to view, respond and even grade Discussion Board Posts, wikis and journalGlobal Navigations across all your courses. The Updates tool consolidates all your Notifications and displays course announcements, assignments, etc. The new Retention Center tool provides an aggregate, visual monitoring option to identify at-risk students across your courses with the ability to drill down into more detail. The enhanced Calendar feature allows you to view items for courses of assignment due dates, past due items and due "this week" items. Events are color coded by course/organization that easily allows you to identify items.

Retention Center: Replacing the old Early Warning System, the new Retention System provides instructors a way to identify, monitor and connect with "at risk" students earlier in the semester
Inline Assignment Grading: Student assignments can be viewed and graded within the browser without having to download the document.

  • Word, PowerPoint, Excel and PDF are viewable with formatting and embedded images of the original document preserved.
  • Instructors can add comments, grading notes and grade assignment in one place.
  • Video: Overview of InLine Grading
InLine Grading
Calendar: The calendar now provides more features such as recurring events and drag and drop functionality.

  • More closely integrated with assignment due dates in the course.
  • Creating and adding a Due Date to an assignment, test or item will generate the event automatically in the course calendar for that day.
  • Change the due date by drag/drop and the item in the calendar and the assignment due date and Grade Center due date will also update.
New Calendar
Assessment Tests: Instructors now have control over delivery of tests, view student access and analyzing test questions

  • Test Availability Exceptions allow instructors to select different options for test attempts; dates/times for individual students/groups
  • Test Access Log gives instructors the ability to confirm whether students began a test or ran into problem during the test with access to detailed information on the student attempt
  • Item analysis provides statistics on overall test performance and on individual test questions. The data can be used to improve questions or adjust credit on current attempts.