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Learn SaaS Production Environments: November 7, 2019 (v3700.14.0) Update (Continuous Delivery)

Date Published: Nov 13,2019

CategoryPlanned First Fix Release:SaaS - v3700.14.0; Product:System Infrastructure; Version:SaaS
Article No.: 000051626
Blackboard Learn
Release Date:
Nov 07,2019


Blackboard is pleased to announce the release of the 3700.14.0 (November 7, 2019) update of Learn SaaS (Continuous Delivery) for production environments (full release number 3700.14.0-rel.9+dce67da).  This update will replace the previous v. 3700.11 release.

The release includes improvements to previously-released features for both the Original and the Ultra Experience as well as new features for the Ultra Course View.

Ultra Course View
  • Ally updates—In this release, we've improved the Ally experience in Ultra courses. It's now easier than ever to download alternative formats. Just select the download option next to a course file and choose the format you want. Accessibility scores are also next to the files they are scoring. This makes it easier for instructors to see how their content scores and fix any issues.
  • Description field for Ultra documents—Instructors want to be able to give an overview to students so they have a clear understanding of what's expected of them. While instructors generally had the ability to give this overview in the Ultra Course View, we didn't offer this ability when instructors created an Ultra document. With this enhancement, instructors can provide high-level details about what the Ultra documents contain. This reduces unnecessary clicks for students and improves their overall experiences. Instructors can open the Document Settings panel in an existing document to add a description. Students can see descriptions on the Course Content page.
  • Error messages when deleting assessments with externally-referenced questions—To help instructors understand why they can't delete some items, we've added three detailed messages. Instructors can't delete question banks, folders, or assessments that contain questions used in question pools in other assessments.
Ultra Experience
  • System administration notification settings—Learn Ultra has always been designed with the end user in mind, and that includes flexibility and personalization of Notifications. Feedback from the wider Blackboard Community outlined that although this is positive, offering levels of control for an institution to support and manage notifications is an important. Blackboard listened to this client feedback, and we're pleased to outline our support for System Administration Notification Settings in Ultra. Ultra administrators can change notifications at the system level, configure digest functionality, and set up default notification settings. In the Administrator Panel, select Notification Settings. For every available notification type and source, administrators can select whether notifications are on or off by default. Administrators can also decide whether users can change the default setting in their individual preferences.

Ultra Experience, Original Experience
  • Account lockout—In this release, by default Learn will lock user accounts after 5 failed login attempts. Administrators can disable the feature or edit its limits by selecting Account Lock Settings in the Administrator panel. Administrators can decide the maximum failed attempts allowed within a specified period. They can also choose how long accounts remain locked and whether accounts unlock automatically if users reset their passwords.

Additional updates in the UI
  • Assessment Settings panel button update—In a continued effort to make Learn Ultra as consistent as possible, we updated the previous Done button to match the rest of the system. We've found that instructors prefer the Save and Cancel options, so we updated the Assessment Settings to align with that preference.
  • Batch Edit moved to overflow menu—When we first introduced Batch Edit, we wanted to make sure that users saw this new capability. We gave it a level of prominence that, over time, was too strong given the standard usage of the tool. We moved it into the overflow menu to better align with how it's used.
  • Empty learning modules removed—As an education company, it's sometimes important to display a sense of preference in the system's pedagogical approach. While learning modules are a powerful tool, we understand that displaying one all the time can cause some unintended stress to instructors. Listening to our community is important, so we've removed the learning module when you first log in to an empty template as well as the empty module that appeared on the page.
  • New icons—Iconography is incredibly important in Learn Ultra. The icon set we currently use was created when we first brought Ultra to the market. We've done a lot of research with our clients regarding what they liked and didn't like about the iconography in the system. Because of that feedback, we've made some adjustments to the icon set. Most notably, the new icons are darker and appear more prominently now.

The list of bugs fixed in this release include:
  • Empty Files Submitted to Assignments and Content Collection for Microsoft Windows 10 Edge Users - Article #41741
  • Needs Grading does not Display all Items by Default - Article #49723
  • Push Notifications in the Activity Stream Override Incorrectly - Article #50645
  • Ultra Assignment Time Limit Option has Incorrect Text when Using UK Language Pack - Article #50721
  • Total Column has Possible Points Blank in the Grade Center Information Bar - Article #50732
  • Course blogs are incorrectly labeled as Group blogs to user - Article #50763
  • Course Copying and Panopto Content Linking Issues - Article #50842
  • Instructors are seen recipients as "undefined" when they try to send an email to students who participates in forums - Article #50921
  • Options Button Missing in Courses Tile View for Long Course IDs- Article #50960
  • Grade Journey not Uploading Grades to SFTP on Extract- Article #51100
  • The ">" is displaying in front of Learning Module icon when creating course content in Ultra Course View - Article #51216
  • Running Snapshot Controller can Resullt in JMSCacheReplicator Errors - Article #37404
  • Unable to scroll on Notifications page on mobile browsers - Article #51098
  • Unable to Access Ultra View Course as Course Administrator- Article #49705
  • Spanish Language Course Displays Tool Type List in English - Article #49730
  • Long Load Times on Authentication Provider Page Caused by Updating Authentication Log Counts - Article #49892
  • Online Help Still Refers to Collaborate Tools - Article #50162
  • Ultra - Apostrophe in Course Announcement Popup Displays As HTML Code - Article #50687
  • Making Course Private does Nothing in Ultra Base Navigation - Article #50704
  • Ultra View Course Folders Containing a Large Number of Item Expand Slowly - Article #50803
  • Ultra Analytics Permits Course Messages to Users with Unavailable Enrollments - Article #50814
  • Group Sets are not Copying Over - Article #50853
  • Assignment Links to HTML Objects show Broken Images after Object Edited - Article #50900
  • Multiple Instructors Link Broken in Safari - Article #51002
  • Cannot Dismiss Announcements while Zoomed in Browser - Article #51078
  • Large B2 Description on Dev Portal Causes Error in Learn  - Article #51177
  • Pop-up Course Menus not Honoring Custom Background Color- Article #51069
  • Pop-up Course Menus not Honoring Custom Background Color- Article #51010

Please review the release notes here:
   Release Notes for Learn SaaS
Continuous Delivery Learn SaaS Release Schedule:
    Release Schedule    

Top Issues

Article Number Component Service Pack(s) Issue Description Target Fix Release Patch Available
000051488 Grade Center, Extensions Learn 9.1 Q4 2019, Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS When using Grade Transfer in the Grade Journey B2, grade columns are not always visible. Future Reference No
000051487 Content Management, Course Tools Learn 9.1 Q4 2019, Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS Enterprise Survey responses with no points do not display as receiving 0 points as described in the Question Creation Page. Future Reference No
000051486 Course Tools, Grade Center Learn 9.1 Q4 2019, Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS The Attendance Tool values are causing confusion.  It appears as if the tool cannot differentiate between points and percentage (the percentage mark displays by average attendance even when points number is displayed).  The indicator displays as if points are percentages even when points are selected. Future Reference No
000051483 Grade Center Learn 9.1 Q4 2019, Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS The Grade Information Bar in the Grade Center incorrectly displays '0 attempts need grading' when there are attempts that need grading. This behavior occurs when the "Include in Grade Center Calculations" setting is not checked. Future Reference No
000051481 Communication Tools, Course Tools, Notifications SaaS The "New Activity" icon appears in the Ultra course outline, but it does not appear in the Discussion section of the course. Future Reference No
000051480 Course Tools SaaS Users cannot use the screen reader to identify the Instructor name(s) for a course when viewing courses in Ultra Base Navigation. Users can tab to the class name and then to the Instructor(s) link(s), but the screen reader does not pick up or read the names. Future Reference No
000051734 Content Management SaaS Users receive a "site can't be reached" error when attempting to download assignment file submissions. SaaS - Fixed (v3700.16.0) No
000051477 Grade Center Learn 9.1 Q4 2019, Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS Rubrics are displaying grades with 5 decimal places, even if all of the places are not needed. Functioning as Designed No
000051476 Users & Role Management, Installs & Configurations SaaS In testing with Turnitin, it appears that when 2 courses are merged, the student preview user in the child course becomes disabled, but is still available in the system.  When attempting to load a Turnitin assignment inbox, the membership fails to initialize.  SaaS - Fixed (v3700.16.0) No
000051470 Users & Role Management Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), SaaS The Facilitator Role is launching as the Learner role. This can be tested using an LTI 1.0 tool. Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 Release <p>SaaS - Fixed (v3700.14.0) No

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