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Learn SaaS Production Environments: March 31, 2017 Update (Continuous Delivery)

Date Published: Mar 28,2017

CategoryProduct:Installs & Configurations; Version:SaaS
Article No.: 000073265

Support Bulletin

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Bulletin/Advisory Information:

Learn SaaS Production Environments:  v3200.0.0 (March 31, 2017) Update
(Published March 28, 2017) 

Any SaaS Continuous Delivery clients interested in moving to a Flexible Deployment (FDO) schedule with the 3200.0.0 (Q2 2017) release should log a case on Behind the Blackboard by Monday, April 10, 2017.

Original Bulletin (Published March 27, 2017)

Blackboard is pleased to announce the availability of the v3200.0.0 (March 31, 2017) update of Learn SaaS (Continuous Delivery) for production environments.  This update replaces the previous v3100.11.0 (March 3, 2017) release.

New Features

Original Course View 

  • Submission Receipts Enhancements – 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.
  • Discussions on Mobile Web – The Discussion Board tool is responsive for hand-held devices if the contents of the posts themselves are responsive. Discussion participants can read, respond, and use other discussion features such as post rating from mobile devices.
  • Contextual Menus on Mobile Web – Menus can be accessed on touch devices.
  • Outcomes Assessment: Sampling by Demographic - When collecting and sampling student submissions for a secondary program evaluation process, student work can now be sampled not only by courses and terms, but also by student demographic information. Sampling can be done by the education level field or institution roles; sampling by institution roles allows Boolean AND/OR selection for tremendous flexibility. For example, the assessment coordinator could sample graduating seniors in a specific program for an evaluation process.
  • LTI Links Managed by Building Blocks – Building Blocks that create and manage LTI links in course content areas can now leverage LTI Outcomes to return result data in the same way that LTI links added through the Learn interface can. To support scenarios where the LTI domain must be approved for secured exchange but the Building Block is being used to present tool links to users in courses, the admin can now set an LTI placement not to be visible to users so they aren’t presented both Building Block and LTI tool links for the same tool.
  • Bookstore Building Block is removed.
  • Building Block Install Validation – When installing a Building Block, the manifest is now checked for properly escaped characters in XML. Such improperly formed XML caused issues with some Building Blocks in some environments.

Ultra Course View

  • Locale Support - Institutions and their users often have regional differences in how the interface and content (language, date, time, etc.) are displayed in accordance with local customs. The institution, its administrators, and users are now able to select a locale that changes the Ultra interface and content in specific ways. Locales are controlled on three levels: Administrators may select a default locale for their institution; Administrators may set default locale for a course (optionally enforce); and end users are able to set their own preferred locale. In this initial release, all of the left-to-right languages supported in the Original experience are supported in Ultra. In future releases, right-to-left languages, custom language packs, and deeper locale support (like the Hijri calendar) will be added. 
  • Discussions - New Message Indicator – Discussions can contain numerous comments and replies, or more generally, “posts.” Faculty and students need to differentiate read posts from unread posts. It is important for both students and faculty to quickly assess “what have I not yet seen?” each time they enter a Discussion. Sense-making like this helps students and faculty build a mental model of the un-reviewed activity and plan their next actions accordingly. The new message indicator shows for each user the view state of every Discussion post: read or unread. By default, all posts are unread and after they have been viewed on screen for a certain amount of time, they are automatically changed to a read state.
  • Discussions - Replies to Replies – This is an enhancement to Ultra Discussions to allow a 4th level of nesting or “replies to replies.” Instructors often need a way to redirect a topic within the flow of a conversation and for students, this new capability allows for additional richness within a discussion. By adding replies to replies, Ultra discussions now support four levels of nesting like so:
    • Level 1 - instructor prompt (i.e. the “seed” post)
      • Level 2 - comments to the instructor
        • Level 3 – reply to the Level 2 comments
          • Level 4 – a reply to a level 3 reply (new level)

Both Original and Ultra Experiences  

  • SIS Process Web Services – New REST web services enable administrators to check on job status and retrieve error records, enabling administrators to set up processes for monitoring and record correction.

Please review the release notes for this release, as they contain important details of the release.

Past SaaS Production Environment Updates

Article NumberTitleSaaS Release
#43542Learn SaaS Production Environments:  March 3, 2017 Update (Continuous Delivery)3100.11.0
#43395Learn SaaS Production Environments:  February 3, 2017 Update (Continuous Delivery)3100.9.0
#43267Learn SaaS Production Environments:  January 13, 2017 Update (Continuous Delivery)3100.6.0
#42714Learn SaaS Production Environments:  December 2, 2016 Update (Continuous Delivery)3100.0.0

Article NumberTitleSaaS Release
#42796Learn SaaS Production Environments:  September 17, 2016 Update3000.10.0
#42518Learn SaaS Production Environments:  July 15, 2016 Update3000.7.0
#42456Learn SaaS Production Environments:  June 28, 2016 Update3000.6.0
#42185Learn SaaS Production Environments:  May 4, 20163000.1.0


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