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Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017

Date Published: Apr 12,2017


CategoryProduct:Installs & Configurations; Version:Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0)
Article No.: 000043738
Product:
Blackboard Learn
Release Date:
Apr 12,2017

Announcing:

Blackboard is pleased to announce the General Availability of Blackboard Learn™, Release 9.1 Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0.0-rel.52+647f084). This notification contains important details of this release, so please review the entire message.
 

Release Highlights:

Quality Improvements

There are over 250 client-reported issues fixed in the release. The top 50 resolved issues list is available for review in Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 Release - Top 50 Bugs Fixed , Article #43680 To see the complete list on Behind the Blackboard, go to Self Service > Known Issues and then under Planned First Fix search by Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 Release. The list can be printed or exported to PDF or Excel.


Important Notes

Blackboard Ally

Ally, an optional licensed service for improving content accessibility, can now be integrated into Learn and improves accessibility in the following ways:
  • Instructors can view an accessibility score and learn ways to improve the accessibility of materials.
  • Students can download automatically-generated alternative versions of uploaded files, such as accessible HTML, digital braille, and audio format files.
  • Administrators can view accessibility scores of materials across courses and track changes over time to plan, measure, and improve accessibility.


Highlights of New Features and Enhancements


Smaller, Faster Installer

This update removes redundant libraries and procedures to reduce installer size and improve speed. Installation times will vary by environment dependent upon size and hardware.


Faster Startup

The startup sequence and restart times of application subsystems have been improved.


Submission Receipts

Students can receive a notification email for each assignment attempt with information about the submission including attached files. Students can also access receipts at any time on the My Grades page in the submissions filter area. Administrators can optionally disable the email notifications.

Learn 2016 Theme Improvements and Mobile Optimization

  • The discussion board is responsive for mobile devices if the post contents are responsive. Discussion participants can read, respond, and use other discussion features such as post rating.
  • Pages with tables, course menu, and My Blackboard pages are better optimized for mobile devices. Contextual menus can be accessed on both tablet and mobile devices.

Additional Drag-and-Drop Locations

The drag-and-drop feature has been added to the Content Collection, Content Editor, Blank Page, Blogs, Journals, and Portfolios. If the browser allows, users can drag a folder of files and the files will upload individually.

Outcomes Assessment: Evidence Sampling by demographic

Assessment managers can sample student assignments by demographic information in the education level field or in institution roles. Sampling by institution roles allows Boolean AND/OR selection for enhanced search.

LTI Improvements

LTI course links created by partners’ and institutionally-created solutions through Building Block APIs can now leverage LTI Outcomes 1.0 for grade/score return.

Content Collection Improvements

The Content Collection has been improved to remove spam vulnerabilities and enhance search indexing performance. These improvements were also included in prior-version maintenance releases.

SIS Integration Changes

New REST web services have been added to retrieve job status and record processing errors. Administrators can implement real-time monitoring and issue resolution processes. Command-line snapshot tools have been removed. Flat, snapshot-formatted files can still be processed through the SIS Integration Framework.

Password Change Improvement

Changing passwords now requires users to enter their current password as well as enter their new password for greater security.  Administrators can update the label "Current Password" in Admin Panel > Customize User Information. 

Blackboard Predict Support

Support for the additional, optional Blackboard Predict solution is included in this release. Predict uses longitudinal analysis of Learn and Student Information System data with predictive analytic algorithms to help educators, advisors, coaches and tutors to identify students at risk and intervene. If licensed and configured, Blackboard Learn administrators can enable the tools in the admin panel tools management area; the options will appear in all environments.

Email Settings

Starting in the Blackboard Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 release, administrators edit email configuration settings in the user interface, rather than editing the settings in the bb-config.properties file. This method also allows you to edit email configuration settings without having to restart your Blackboard Learn environment. The configuration settings are now located under System Configuration > Email Configuration.  The Local Support Contact, which was previously under System Admin > Help, is now located under Email Configuration as well.  For additional details on the settings, please see Email.   

Clients who have control over their user's email addresses and not susceptible to DMARC-based rejections now have the option to turn off DMARC handling through System Configuration instead of the bb-config.properties file.


Deprecated Items

Red Hat Linux 5

Red Hat Linux 5 is no longer supported. Affected Linux environments should upgrade to Red Hat Linux 6 when adopting this release.

Command-Line Snapshot Tools

Blackboard announced in April 2016 the end of support and the removal of the Snapshot Tools, Article - #42089.  In the 9.1 Q2 2017 release, the command-line Snapshot tools have been removed. Flat, snapshot-formatted files can still be processed through the SIS Integration Framework.

If you need assistance with adopting the SIS Integration Framework, Blackboard offers mentoring services that can help you plan, scale, and upgrade your integrations.  Contact your Blackboard Sales Representative to schedule a time to discuss your recommended options and next steps. 


Bookstore Building Block

The Blackboard Store Building Block has been removed from this release.

Upgrade Paths:

Upgrade Paths for Clients Already on Blackboard Learn, 9.1

Existing Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 clients can upgrade from the following versions to 9.1 Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0.0)
  • Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Q4 2016 (Build: 3100.0)
  • Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Q2 2016 (Build: 3000.1)
If you are a self-hosted client on a Blackboard Learn 9.1 release prior to 9.1 Q2 2016 you will need to upgrade to 9.1 Q2 2016 before you can upgrade to Learn 9.1 Q2 2017.


Upgrade Paths for Clients New to Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1

If you are upgrading from one of the releases listed below, please refer to Install or Upgrade Learn for information to help you plan for this move. There are planning, training, and communication materials available to make this upgrade as smooth as possible. Please reference next steps based on your current release. For those migrating from Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0 or Blackboard Academic Suite, Release 8.0, please ensure you include migrating to a 64-bit environment in your upgrade plans.
  • Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0: The following paths are supported when upgrading from Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0, Service Pack 7 (Build: 9.0.692.0)
    • Release 9.1, Service Pack 9 (Build: 9.1.90132.0) > Service Pack 12 (Build: 9.1.120113.0) > April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205) > Q4 2015 (Build:9.1.201510) > Q2 2016 (Build:3000.1) or Q4 2016 (Build:3100.0) > Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0)
  • Blackboard Academic Suite, Release 8.0 or lower:The following paths are supported when upgrading from Release 8.0, Service Pack 7 Hotfix 2 (Build: 8.0.494.35) without needing to upgrade to Release 9.0 first.
    • Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Service Pack 9 (Build: 9.1.90132.0) > Service Pack 12 (Build: 9.1.120113.0) > April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205) > Q4 2015 (Build:9.1.201510) > Q2 2016 (Build:3000.1) or Q4 2016 (Build:3100.0) > Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0)
  • Blackboard Learning System CE 8.0 and Vista 8.0 Licenses: You must be on Service Pack 6 (Build: 18.0.6.116) to effectively use course conversion capabilities.
  • Blackboard Learn, ANGEL Edition: You must be on any ANGEL 8.0 or ANGEL 7.4 release to effectively use course conversion capabilities.
If you are a self-hosted client on a release that is earlier than Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 6, and you also use Oracle, there is a pre-upgrade utility that will minimize your downtime during this upgrade. Please consult the 9.1 Service Pack 6 Release Notes and the Readme for the Pre-Upgrade Utility for Oracle for more information on this utility.

Upgrade Paths for Clients Already on Blackboard Learn, 9.1

Existing Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 clients can upgrade from the following versions to 9.1 Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0.0)
  • Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Q4 2016 (Build: 3100.0)
  • Blackboard Learn, 9.1 Q2 2016 (Build: 3000.1)
If you are a self-hosted client on a Blackboard Learn 9.1 release prior to 9.1 Q2 2016 you will need to upgrade to 9.1 Q2 2016 before you can upgrade to Learn 9.1 Q2 2017.


Upgrade Paths for Clients New to Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1

If you are upgrading from one of the releases listed below, please refer to Install or Upgrade Learn for information to help you plan for this move. There are planning, training, and communication materials available to make this upgrade as smooth as possible. Please reference next steps based on your current release. For those migrating from Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0 or Blackboard Academic Suite, Release 8.0, please ensure you include migrating to a 64-bit environment in your upgrade plans.
  • Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0: The following paths are supported when upgrading from Blackboard Learn, Release 9.0, Service Pack 7 (Build: 9.0.692.0)
    • Release 9.1, Service Pack 9 (Build: 9.1.90132.0) > Service Pack 12 (Build: 9.1.120113.0) > April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205) > Q4 2015 (Build:9.1.201510) > Q2 2016 (Build:3000.1) or Q4 2016 (Build:3100.0) > Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0)
  • Blackboard Academic Suite, Release 8.0 or lower:The following paths are supported when upgrading from Release 8.0, Service Pack 7 Hotfix 2 (Build: 8.0.494.35) without needing to upgrade to Release 9.0 first.
    • Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Service Pack 9 (Build: 9.1.90132.0) > Service Pack 12 (Build: 9.1.120113.0) > April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205) > Q4 2015 (Build:9.1.201510) > Q2 2016 (Build:3000.1) or Q4 2016 (Build:3100.0) > Q2 2017 (Build:3200.0)
  • Blackboard Learning System CE 8.0 and Vista 8.0 Licenses: You must be on Service Pack 6 (Build: 18.0.6.116) to effectively use course conversion capabilities.
  • Blackboard Learn, ANGEL Edition: You must be on any ANGEL 8.0 or ANGEL 7.4 release to effectively use course conversion capabilities.
If you are a self-hosted client on a release that is earlier than Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 6, and you also use Oracle, there is a pre-upgrade utility that will minimize your downtime during this upgrade. Please consult the 9.1 Service Pack 6 Release Notes and the Readme for the Pre-Upgrade Utility for Oracle for more information on this utility.

Accessing the Build:

Change Management Resources

Self-hosted clients may download the latest build on the Download Files page. Managed Hosting clients may submit a case on Behind the Blackboard to schedule implementation of this release.

For a more detailed explanation of the changes and new features of this release, please reference the Release Notes and the Download Files page.

                           Download Files          Release Notes            Supported Technologies           Browser Support

Top Issues

Article Number Component Service Pack(s) Issue Description Target Fix Release Patch Available
000049336 Blackboard Student Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), SaaS When students complete a test in the Blackboard app, duplicate entries are created in the Grade History Report. No
000049337 Blackboard Student Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), SaaS Editing a graded discussion forum post in the Blackboard app is counted as a new post. This is problematic when the discussion forum is configured to show as "Needs Grading" in the Grade Center for each student after a certain number of posts. No
000035122 Content Management Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, 9.1 SP14 (9.1.140152.0), Learn April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205), Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373), SaaS, Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) The Browse Mashups button does not display links to YouTube or Flickr below the button. Because of this, users cannot move the mouse to click on the desired option. This option is used when creating an image or video, instead of directly using the Mashup tools. Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 Release <p>SaaS - Fixed (v3700.7.0) No
000040792 Reporting, Grade Center, Browsers Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, Learn April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205), Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373), Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) Grade Center Reports Duplicate User in IE. Will Not Fix No
000047815 Course Tools, Grade Center Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, SaaS Percentage grade columns are displaying up to 5 decimal places instead of 2 Decimals. Functioning as Designed No
000039970 Reporting, Course Tools Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373), SaaS, Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) Database errors occur when running Reports in the HTML format. Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 Release <p>SaaS - Fixed (v3700.0.0) No
000040040 Content Management, Browsers, Extensions Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, 9.1 SP14 (9.1.140152.0), Learn April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205), Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373), SaaS, Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) When creating a post or editing older data in Firefox or Internet Explorer, the content editor does not word wrap if data goes beyond what is presented in the text editor box. Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 Release <p>SaaS - Fixed (v3700.7.0) No
000038672 Course Tools Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2018 (3500.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2019 (3700.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, Learn April 2014 (9.1.201404.160205), Learn October 2014 (9.1.201410.160373), SaaS, Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) When an instructor uses the Student Preview mode and takes a test with a timer, the timer does not display in the correct location. This issue only applies to Student Preview mode; the timer displays correctly for a student taking the test. The timer should load directly below the Test Information section. As the user scrolls vertically, the timer should float on top of the test questions but remain at the very top of the page. When using Student Preview mode, the timer initially loads with a bit of white space gap between the Test Information section and timer. As a result, on initial load the timer overlaps the "Save All Answers" and "Save and Submit" buttons when the test is in presenting questions All at Once, or overlaps question navigation tools when the test is presenting questions One at a Time. As the user scrolls vertically, the timer continues to display just a bit below the top of the page. As a result, as the timer floats on top of test questions, part of the question can be viewed above the timer and part of the question below the timer. Learn 9.1 Q4 2019 Release <p>SaaS - Fixed (v3700.7.0) No
000047378 Course Tools, Browsers Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), SaaS When using Internet Explorer 11, the icons in the Calendar for navigating months and years are not displayed. This is caused by a 403 error. Will Not Fix No
000043258 Content Management Learn 9.1 Q2 2017 (3200.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2017 (3300.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q2 2018 (3400.0.0), Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 (3100.0.0-rel.107+401e, SaaS, Learn 9.1 Q4 2015 (9.1.201510.1171621), Learn 9.1 Q2 2016 (3000.1.0-rel.52+991d) When accessing a Course content collection in Learn, using a computer running the Windows 10 operating system and using Internet Explorer 11, a control button appears for "Open Web Folder". This is currently a non-functioning button. Will Not Fix No


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