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Vista 8 to Blackboard 9.1 Comparison Chart
last update March 25, 2011

This chart has been created by the request those who wanted to see the comparison from CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9.1
If you wish to review the progression from CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9 to Learn 9.1 please click here.

This document is a work in progress.
It is designed to assist instructors at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia and we are happy to share with others.
We welcome all comments, additions, and corrections. Please feel free to share those with Kathy Saville at savillek@marshall.edu

Blackboard Learn 9, first iteration of Next Generation and 9.1 is the second. Learn 9x, uses the Blackboard architecture.

The Next Generation includes a series of products which include:
- Bb Learn 9 - learning management system
- Content System - file repository - is bundled with Learn 9x if your institution is a Vista client
- Community System - user interface outside a course and community outreach - separate license, is bundled with Learn 9x if your institution is a Vista client
- Outcomes - assessment - separate license (cannot license Outcomes without licensing Communities and Content)

Institutions using CE and Vista 8 may find it beneficial to run both environments until all WebCT legacy courses can be migrated or rebuilt into Bb Learn 9x.

A migration tool is available to convert CE/Vista 8 courses into Learn 9. This tool may be of help to those who wish to use it.

It is understood the basic architecture of Blackboard will not change. The basic functions of tools currently in Bb Learn 9 may be enhanced but not structurally redesigned. The changes to the product will be new tools and enhancement features in current tools.

 

This document includes 5 charts.

1. The 1st chart is in alphabetically order by tool names in CE/Vista 8, with comparable tool names in Learn 9.1 along with a list of enhancements and losses for each.

2. The 2nd chart lists the new tools in Learn 9.1.

3. The 3th chart, Tests, Surveys, and Pools is a detailed review of the enhancements and losses from CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9.1

4. The 4th chart is a comparison of the 2 types of Assessment Reports in CE/Vista 8 to the 4 types of Test Results in Learn 9.1.

5. The 5th chart is a .PDF file is a report of the Assessments and Tests Reports that can be downloaded and printed for use.


Stats for charts listed below:

58
CE/Vista and comparable Learn 9.1 tools with features listed in Chart 1
4
Tools are separated into independent tools in Learn 9.1
3
Tools/features are dropped in Learn 9.1
26
New tools/features in Learn 9.1
84
Total tools/features in Learn 9.1

 

 

 

 

 

Feature Notes include:

  • Crosslisting - is available and called section merge tool
  • Submit button available both top & bottom of window
  • Course hierarchy - no hierarchy, course, templates, sections. Sections migrate into courses.
  • Multi-institution - no multi-institution capability is available
  • Terms - not available
  • Once a section is migrated to a Bb course, its existence as a section disappears so all sections should be backed up and archived at another location before attempting a migration.

For access to the Instructor's manual on Blackboard Learn 9.1 click here

Other important Blackboard Resources include:

Upgrade Center http://www.blackboard.com/Sites/UpgradeCenter/
OnDemand Center http://ondemand.blackboard.com/
Enhancement Request Forms http://www.blackboard.com/Company/Feedback/Suggest-Product-Enhancements/For-Learn.aspx

 

CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9.1 Tool Comparisons and Features
New Tools in Learn 9.1

 

CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9.1 Tools Comparisons & Features

CE/Vista
Bb Learn 9.1
Feature Enhancements and Losses
Announcements
Announcements

Enhancements:
- Default is to display to all roles
- Link to another file or tool in the course

- Email notifications is available

Lost:
- Pop-ups
- Targeted roles.

Assessments
Tests, Surveys, and Pools

Enhancements -26

Lost - 17

Click here for details

 
Self and Peer Assessment
Enhancements:
- Separate tool
Assessment Manager
Grading Center - Tests
Review of tests/surveys are performed through the Grading Center and can be filtered by tests/surveys
Assignments
Assignments

Enhancements:
- Specify number of attempts
- Additional attempts allowed for specific student
- Multiple submissions - each allowed to be tracked & graded
- Submission history

- Set date/time availability (beginning/ending)

Lost:
- Artifacts
- Attachments - multiple
- Calendar indication of assignments
- Cut-off dates
(Check Enhancements - Dates availability should cover this option)

- Goals
- Grade Settings
- Grading forms
- Iterations - taking back and resubmission of work
(Check Enhancements - Specify number of attempts should cover this option)
- Non-gradable submission
- Publishing

Assignment Dropbox
Grading Center - Assignments

Review of assignments are performed through the Grading Center and can be filtered by assignments

Banners
Banners

banner sizes must be 480 x 80 pixels

Enhancement: Banner placeholder from a screen real estate prospective

Breadcrumbs (Footprints)
Breadcrumbs
navigation terminology
Browser Check
dropped
no comparable tool provided
Build/Teach/Student View tabs
Edit On/Off

Enhancement:
- No need for switching to view all available tools

Calendar
Course Calendar

Enhancement:
- Visual view of scheduling conflicts
- Quicker navigation from date to date
- Save item as reusable object option (if Content is available)
- Year View
- Save item as reusable object option will load into the Content Collection with the option to select desired folder

Lost:
- All day events
- Flexible Creation of Events
- Flexible Filtering
- Importing Dates
- Integration with course activities
- Multiple entry deletions
- Printable view
- Recurring events
- Students cannot add entries

Chat/Whiteboard
Collaboration

Enhancements:
- Breakout sessions
- Set Availability
- Web page sharing

Lost:
- Aliases
- External images
- Goals
- Limit number of users
- Magnify whiteboard
- Session descriptions
- Slide show
- Undo

Course Content
Content Area

Structure includes:
- Build Content
- Create Assessment
- Add Interactive Tool
- Assign Textbook

Enhancements:

- Build Content

  • Create
    • Item
    • File
    • Audio
    • Image
    • Video
    • URL
    • Learning Module
    • Syllabus
    • Course Link
  • New Page
    • Content Folder
    • Blank Page
    • Module Page
    • Tool Area
  • Mashups
    • Flickr Photo
    • SlideShare Presentation
    • YouTube Video
    • Scholar Stream
    • Scholar Bookmark
    • NBC Content

- Create Assessment

  • Test
  • Survey
  • Assignment
  • Safe Assignment
  • Self & Peer Assessment

- Add Interactive Tool

  • Discussion Board
  • Blog
  • Journals
  • Wiki
  • Chat
  • Virtual Classroom
  • Group
  • Echo Content

- Assign Textbook

Course Tools
Course Menu
Enhancements:
- Customizable
- Link to anything, item, page, tool, etc.
- Subheaders
- Divider

create file
item
file
blank page
Enhancements:
- color the title of the item
- attach file
Enhancements:
- more options (file & blank page)
Designer Tools
Control Panel
under Course Management bottom left frame
Discussions
Discussion Board

Note new terminology:
CE/Vista 8 - Discussions > Topics > Reply
Bb Learn 9 - Discussions > Forums > Threads > Reply

Blogs and Journals separate tools (see below)

Enhancements:
- Breakout sessions
- Copy a forum
- Disabling the ability to attach a file
- Email subscription to new posts
- Grade by forum or by thread
(Grading location is different in forum and thread, one will need to understand the new terminology see above and be aware of what is being graded.)
- Hide Threads
- Individual role assignment available (manager, moderator, grader, participant, reader)
- Moderated forums
- Notifications of New Posts
-Tagging
- View drafts in thread context
- Web page sharing
- Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
- Grade individuals and/or groups
- Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
- Feedback to students
- Grading notes
- Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
- Anonymous Grading is available

Lost:
- Anonymous posts are anonymous
- Artifacts
- Categories
- Custom peer rating
- Forwarding to email
- Moving posts between threads
- Quickly viewing own postings and replies to own posts.
- Setting release criteria to a forum

Blogs

Enhancements:
- Entry indexing
- Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
- Grade individuals and/or groups
- Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
- Feedback to students
- Grading notes
- Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
- Anonymous Grading is available

Lost:
- Artifacts
- Categories
- Copy & move posts
- Lock topic
- Move posts to another topic
- Peer rating
- Printable view

Journals

Enhancements:
- Entry indexing
- Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
- Grade individuals and/or groups
- Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
- Feedback to students
- Grading notes
- Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
- Anonymous Grading is available

Lost:
- Artifacts
- Categories
- Copy & move posts
- Lock topic
- Move posts to another topic
- Peer rating
- Printable view

E-packs
Will migrate to Bb Learn 9
File Manager
Content Collection

Enhancements:
- Course folder
- Thumbnail view for image files
- Recycle Bins

For Content System licenses:
- User folder
- All courses folder
- Organizations Content access
- Institution Content access

Lost:
- Cannot edit files
(workaround is to copy the file and paste into the HTML Object editor)
- Cannot sort files by type

footer
dropped
However, when migrated become an item
Goals
dropped
need Outcomes
Grade Book
Grading Center

Will require minor retraining

Enhancements:
- Exemptions
- Flexible management
- Inline edits
- Multiple grade views
- Printable reports
- SCROM integration
- Simplified calculations
- Tracking

- "Smart Views" sub directory sorting of Needs Grading, Tests, Assignments, Discussion Boards, Blogs, and Journals
- Anonymous Grading
- Rubrics can be created and associated with a specific column. The rubric can be viewed as a guide in grading but is not interactive.
- Update interface for calculated columns

Lost:
- Alignment
- Decimal display
- Grade from specific tool
- Grading forms
- Student view

Grading Forms
Rubrics

Enhancement:
- A tool called Rubrics is available but cannot be associated with any activity. It can be used as a guide in grading in the Grading Center

Lost:
- interactivity with the Grading Center
- student view of the rubric

Group Manager
Groups
Enhancements:
- Blogs tool
- Journal tool
- File exchange
- Notifications
- Students can create their own groups and settings
- Tasks

- Blogs - no grade or gradable, listing possible points
- Journals - no grade or gradable, listing possible points
- Wikis - no grade or gradable, listing possible points
header
dropped
However, when migrated become an item
Help
Help

Enhancements:
- Link to Blackboard Support

- Direct contact to System Administration
- Tutorials

Lost:
- Direct documents to specific tools

hide / show
Permit Users to View the
Content Item
provides the flexibility to view/no view specific content
HMTL Creator
Visual Editor

Enhancements:
- Can be set to be automatically open when launching any tool using it
- Media Bar added - link to Media files (ie Flash)

- typing area can be expanded by click/drag the bottom gray box.
- Spell Check works in Name (title) boxes

Icons
(customized)

Icons
(pre determined)

Lost:
- Icons for the course page display are pre-determine and not customizable

NOTE: Customized icons can be added to posted files, pages, and items by using the Visual Editor

Instructor Tools
(see Designer Tools)

Control Panel
under Course Management bottom left frame
Learning Modules

 

Learning Modules

under Content

Will require retraining

Enhancements:
- Drag & drop
- Forced navigation path
- moved to Content
- Table of Contents
- options for hierarchy display
- sub folders

Lost:
- Goals
- Page links availability
- Title editing all at once
- View all links to a specific content item

Local Content
dropped

Lost:
tool no longer available

Mail
Email

Not a "stand-alone" tool within the LMS. The Email tool transmits messages to individual email accounts outside of the LMS.

Lost:
- Auto refresh
- Drafts
- Folders (In/Sent/Drafts/Deleted)
- Unread filter
- View profiles of recipients

Messages
Allows for communication with course members within the course only
Manage Course
Customization

Enhancements:
- specific what is the entry point into the course:

  • HomePage
  • Content
  • Discussions
  • Groups
  • Tools
  • Help

- specific what notifications appear on the Home Page

Media Library
Glossary
Lost:
- Adaptive release (selective release)
- Collections other that a glossary
- HTML creator (Visual Editor)
- Images
- Links to content
- Student created entries
move
copy
To move an item from one location in a course to another location in the course requires making a copy of the item and then the copy is saved to the new location. There is an option to delete the item from the first location or keep it.
My Files
Content Collection

Enhancements:
- Course content

For Content System clients
Enhancements:
- User content
- Organization content
- Institution content
- Multiple folders with content can be uploaded
- Multiple files can up uploaded

My Grades
My Grades

Enhancements:
- view all submissions from all tools, status, & dates due

Lost:
- Artifacts
- Notification of new grades

My MUOnline
(My Blackboard)
My MUOnline
(My Blackboard)
The entry area to the Blackboard system
My Progress
dropped
no comparable tool provided
My Settings
My Places

Enhancements:
- Avatar or image upload
- CD Rom Windows/Mac
- Control what information is revealed
- Customizable list creation
- Display links: My Courses, My Organizations
- Education level
- Mailing address, city, state/province, zip, country
- Telephone #s home, work, fax, mobile
- Web link

Lost:
- Academic Major
- Areas of Interest
- Extra-Curricular Activities
- Name prefix/suffix
- Other Name

new icons
Notifications
available on course Home Page
Notes
Textpad

available under Modules

Lost:
- cannot create more than one text

PowerLinks
Building Blocks
Most if not all tools using PowerLinks will also use Building Blocks
Repository
Content Collections
Enhancements:
- Organization content
- Institution content

Roster
Roster
list of course participants
SCORM
Content Package (SCORM)
Sharable Content Object Reference Model
Search
dropped
no comparable tool provided
Selective Release
Adaptive Release

Adaptive Release available only on Enterprise licenses

Enhancements:
- feature in each tool, not a separate tool
- students are notified of release

Lost:
- criteria based on

    • before
    • after
    • blank
    • note blank
    • starts with
    • ends with
    • contains

- and/or

show / hide
Permit Users
to View the
Content Item
provides the flexibility to view/no view specific content
Student View
dropped

Tests, Surveys, Assignments, etc. can be completed by the instructor with Edit either On or Off but the results will not be recorded in the Grade Center.

Syllabus
Syllabus
use the Syllabus builder or link to a separate files
Templates
dropped
Lost:
There is no hierarchy. Only courses, no templates/sections. An instructor can build a course and that course can be copied to a new course.

Tools

(Manage Course)

Tool Availability

(Style)

Enhancements:
-Each tool allows for adjustable access depending on role
- Available – tool is available throughout the course and open to all users having a role permitting use of the tool.
- Visible to Guests or Observers – tool is visible (read-only), but not usable to Guests or Observers, when they are permitted into the course.
- Available in Content Areas – instructor can place a link to the tool in one or more Content Areas.

Tracking
Review Status

Enhancements:
- Groups

Lost:
- Assessment started/finished & time spent
- Discussion messages read & post
- Email read & post
- Number of artifacts made
- Number of calendar entries viewed and added
- Session length & activated
- Time spent in each tool

Web Links
URL

Enhancements:
- Scholar can be incorporated
- Link to specific file in content collection

- Link to specific file in course files.

Lost:
- Categories
- Goal
- Student created link

Whiteboard
(see Chat)
Collaboration
click here to scroll to Collaboration
Who's Online
dropped
no comparable tool provided
Wizard - Design
dropped
no comparable tool provided
Yellow moving bars
Drag & Drop
click on area to move and drag it to desired location

 

New Tools in Learn 9.1

Learn 9.1
Feature Details
Alert
Module tool, part of the Notification system
Audio
available in Content Area under Create
Blackboard Scholar
bookmarker for external links
Blank page
available in Content Area under New Page
Blog
available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Chalk Title
course cartridges integrated with external content (publisher's content)
Contacts

to display information about the instructor(s) including:

  • Title
  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • Email
  • Work Phone Number
  • Office Location
  • Office Hours
  • Notes
  • attach an Image
  • Website
Course Module

Select tool(s) appear on the homepage

  • Alerts
  • Announcements
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Content Collections
  • Dictionary
  • Libraries
  • Needs Attention
  • Report Card
  • Tasks
  • Textpad
  • Thesaurus
  • To Do
  • What's New
  • NBC Archives (if licensed)
Early Warning System
- Part of the Notification system
- Rule-driven communication (ie list of students getting an assessment grade below a specific value)
Flickr

available in Content Area under Mashups

  • available in Visual Editor
  • Photo available in Content Area
Groups
available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Image
available in Content Area under Create
Content Package (IMS) standardized content
Journal
available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Mashups

available in Content Area for Enterprise license clients and includes:

  • Flickr
  • NBC
  • Slideshare
  • YouTube
NBC
available in Content Area under Mashups
Content Package (NLN)
standardized content
Notifications
Indicators for tasks, due dates, etc.
Performance Dashboard
Quick review of student performance
Professor Notification Tool

New Notification tool - Messaging tool from instructor to student via:

  • Email
SafeAssign
Assignment submission software that reviews for original work
Slideshare

available in Content Area under Mashups

  • presentation
  • available in Visual Editor
Tasks
list of work to be completed
Textbook
available in Content Area under Textbook with:
- manual entry
- search
Virtual Classroom
available in Content Area under Interactive tool
Video
available in Content Area under Create
What's New
Module tool, part of the Notification system
Wiki
available in Content Area under Interactive tool
- specify availability
- open/close editing
- no grade/grade (points only)
- Grade entries within the tool or in the Grading Center
- Grade individuals and/or groups
- Group grades can be recorded for all group members or for each member of the group
- Feedback to students
- Grading notes
- Students can view their grades and feedback with the tool or under My Grades
- Anonymous Grading is available
Wimba Pronto
instant text messaging
YouTube

available in Content Area under Mashups

  • available in Visual Editor
  • available in Content Area

 

 

Test, Survey, and Pool changes from CE/Vista 8 to Learn 9.1

Will require retraining

- Question database migrates

- Test header displays

  • Name
  • Description
  • Instructions
  • Total Questions
  • Total Points
  • Alignments

- Questions Settings

- Reuse Questions > Find Questions

Enhancements:
- More options for types of questions including:

  • Calculated Formula
  • Calculated Numeric
  • Either/Or
  • File Response
  • Fill in Multiple Blanks
  • Hot Spot
  • Multiple Answers
  • Opinion Scale/Likert
  • Ordering
  • Quiz Bowl

- Jumbled type questions - partial credit option available

- Matching type questions

  • options for answer identifiers
  • option to show answers in random order
  • visual editor available for each question and answer

- Multiple Choice type questions

  • Arabic or Roman numerals or upper or lower case letters available for answer options
  • Visual Editor available for every answer item

- True/False type questons - can select answer display orientation

- Instructions written at the beginning of test creation

- Mark keywords in individual questions

- Mark levels of difficulty

- Calculated formula

  • formula buttons in answer formula box labeled
  • Answer formulas can be titled

-Under Reuse Question

  • Option to Copy selected questions
  • Link to original questions.
  • A "linked" question means if the question is modified then all appears of that question in any test/survey will be modified.

- Under Questions Settings > Scoring > Specify default points when creating questions.

- Use the currently assigned points when finding and adding questions.

- Use default points when finding and adding questions.

- Modify point value for multiple questions.

- Question creation - more extentive question examples given

- Each question type includes Instructor Notes

- Statistics and analysis - 4 reports now available

Click here for details of test reports

 

Lost:
- Types of questions and functions including:

  • Calculated questions - fewer functions
  • Combination type
  • Essay (paragraph) - no pre-filled answer field
  • Fill in the Blank -
    • no option for case sensitivity
    • cannot select answer box width
    • cannot select schemes of contains, equals, or regular expression
  • Multiple Answer - limit to only 20 possible answers
  • Short Answer
    • cannot indicate case sensitive
    • no option for equal, contains, & regular expressions
    • cannot be automatically graded

- No Save as New option

- Calendar indication of assessment

- Disallowing students to answer questions when time has expired and

- Determining which questions were answered when time expired

- Goals

- If an instructor incorrectly selects the wrong answer for a question, the test then has submissions, there is no tool to assist in mass regrading

- IP maskings

- Percentage value for Fill-in-the-blank or Jumbled sentence

- Preview

- Releasing test scores - fewer options of when to release & and what is released

- Submissions emailed to specific email address

- Submission message

- Set time period between quiz attempts

 

Assessment Reports in Vista 8 vs. Test Reports in Learn 9.1

Click Here to view a PDF of the Test Reports with screen shots of each report.

 

 

CE / Vista 8 - View by Students Learn 9.1 - View by Students
Last Name Last Name
First Name First Name
User Name User Name
Grade / Out of Possible Points
Attempt Attempt Number
Total Scone Grade
Each quiestion title Each question title
Type of question  
Students' responses Students' responses
  Question text
  Score for each students's answer
  Manual Score (if overwritten)
  Date and Time
  Status
  Duration
Mean Average
Median Median
Number  
Standard Deviation  

Percent Answering Correctly

  • Whole Group
  • Upper 25%
  • Lower 25%
 
Discrimination  

 

CE / Vista 8 - View by Questions Learn 9.1 - View by Questions
Question Title Question ID
  Score
Number Count
  Graded Attempts
  Attempts that Need Grading
  Instructions

Percent Answering Correctly

  • Whole Group
  • Upper 25%
  • Lower 25%
 
Discrimination  
Mean Average
  Average per question
Median Median
Standard Deviation Standard Deviation
Question Text Question Text
Possible Answers Possible Answers
  Correct Feedback
  Incorrect Feedback
Mean Attempt Score  

Response Summary (charted)

  • Answer
  • Value
  • Frequency Distribution
 
Grade Distribution Grade Distribution
Students' response Students' response
  Correct Response
  Score for each students' answer
  Manual Score
(overwrite/overwritten)
  Sumitted Date and Time
  Minimum Value
  Maximum Value
  Range
  Variance
  Null
  In Progress
  Needs Grading
  Exempt

 

Related information
Respondus - Respondus cannot "split" personalities so if an instructor needs to add questions to a Vista 8 course, the instructor will need to know the direct url to the Vista 8 server.

A special note of appreciation goes to
Matthew Davis
Senior Solutions Engineer for Blackboard
His assistance to be a "second pair of eyes" to review these charts has been of great help.

Thank you Matt!

Charts created and maintained by
Kathy Saville - Director of the MUOnline Design Centers
Marshall University

savillek@marshall.edu