Center for eLearning

What's New in Blackboard Learn

Over Spring Break, Blackboard was updated to a more recent version (Q4 2015). Though the majority of Blackboard will operate the same as when you left, there are some important new features that we would like to highlight:

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We've heard from many of you that have experienced performance issues and outages when common notification queries were processed on their servers. Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 addresses many of these issues.


When creating an announcement, "Not Date Restricted" is now selected by default.


This release fixes an issue with email sent from Learn. Some email clients do not use the reply-to header of emails sent by BbLearn to populate the "To:" field when the user replies to an email. As a result, some students were confused when they received email from do-not-reply@<bblearn_domain> instead of their instructor's email address.

Discussion Boards

Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.

Browser and HTML5 Support

Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly. The Content Editor now supports HTML5 Audio and Video playback in Chrome and Edge browsers.

For more detailed explanations and to see a full list of upgrades, please visit the Blackboard Learn Release Notes site.