Enterprise technology company Blackboard has announced an update for its flagship online learning platform. Service Pack 8 for Blackboard Learn 9.1 brings a number of feature enhancements that make it easier to navigate the system, take advantage of its capabilities and complete common tasks more quickly. It was announced Wednesday, Feb. 8.

The release offers instructors the ability to customize and personalize the visual presentation of their courses with over 50 pre-built course themes.

To help them get started quickly, the release adds a quick course set-up guide including a set of course structures and content options that have been designed in accordance with pedagogical best practices, according to the company.

The release also brings a range of feature enhancements that make system navigation and workflows much easier. For example, instructors can now quickly move from a grading area in one course to another, and they can also apply changes to a previously graded question that automatically updates across the entire system, reducing the amount of time spent on process.

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Release 9.1 also supports K-12 schools and districts with standards alignment, enabling teachers and administrators to report on student performance against aligned standards and provide greater visibility into the achievement of learning outcomes.

Course and student activity reports also allow teachers and administrators to see how students are using online course materials and track student time on various learning activities.

Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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