April 2016 Release

Gallaudet will be updating Blackboard Learn 9.1 to the Q2 2016 (April) Release on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 11:30pm. It will be down during that time and back online the next day at 3:30pm.

Make sure you have a copy of all your files and information you put on Blackboard. Upgrades will not impact files or courses - but it may make tools unavailable which I plan to check the moment it comes online so I can check all tools and make sure they all are available. Regardless, always make sure you have a copy saved on your computer!

Do visit Blackboard Learn's page, you will see highlights of the new features in Q2 2016 (April) and its quality improvements. This particular update impacts Rest APIs, Java 8, SAML Authentication, and Email. The bug fixes and enhancements in this release are primarily focused on improvements to accessibility, language packs, assessments and grading, as well as Enterprise Surveys.


As part of the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U's) Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) initiative, the VALUE rubrics contribute to the national dialogue on assessment of college student learning. Educational professionals from over 100 higher education institutions collaboratively developed 16 VALUE rubrics to use the most frequently identified characteristics for measuring success in key learning outcomes.

For Blackboard Learn users who are interested in using these rubrics, we are making them available for download and import. Each rubric has been built and formatted appropriately so it can be imported to your courses and used anywhere you can align and evaluate with rubrics today. The downloadable rubrics are available in US English only because this is how they were authored by AAC&U.


The screen reader will not announce Quick Links modal when modal is closed, and Grading Journals will now work with a screen reader.


Support for Virtual Classroom and Chat course tools will be ending with this release. Institutions using versions of Blackboard Learn that still have the Virtual Classroom and Chat course tools can continue to use them; they will continue to function beyond June 30, 2016. However, Blackboard Support will no longer accept reported issues with the tools and bugs beyond this date, and security issues will not be addressed. 


Since Google removed YouTube's Record from Webcam feature, the Content Editor has been updated with the following changes:

  • The YouTube icon image has been changed, it is displayed as left arrow as player on the grey background .
  • The alt text now reads Browse My YouTube Videos.
  • The Record tab has been removed and all users are now defaulted to the Browse tab to search existing videos.

Feature Comparison across Learn Releases: https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Understanding_the_Changes/Feature_Comparison_Across_Learn_Releases

About the Q2 2016 Release:https://help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Release_Notes_All_91_Releases/Release_Notes_9.1_2016_Q2