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Blackboard 9.1: What's new

Blackboard 9.1 is here, and while the interface looks very much the same, there are new features and a few enhancements worth getting excited about.  Some of the new features that 9.1 offers are:

  • bulk file handling, including bulk uploads, management, and content use in a Course;
  • file sharing using the drop box within Blackboard course sites for convenient file exchange with people inside and outside of the Princeton University community;
  • support for YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations, Flickr photos, and Lesson Plans with the content type, Mashups; 
  • Paste From Word tool, which maintains formatting when pasting from MS Word; and
  • a tool for creating Wikis for courses, organizations, and groups.

The Grade Center offers a number of enhancements to support grading efforts, including:

  • customizable Smart Views; 
  • Anonymous Grading, which conceals student identity while grading, and;
  • question-by-question grading, which supports grade assessments question by question for all students, rather than all questions by one students.

For details about these and other new features and enhancements of Blackboard 9.1, see the online Bb9.1 Upgrade site.  For available training options and resources, see Learn to Use Bb9.1.

Blackboard support can be reached by sending e-mail to or calling the Blackboard Help Line at (609) 258-0737. The Blackboard website is located online at