Siena College upgraded to Blackboard version 9.1 SP 13

What’s Different, What’s New?

Here is a brief overview of the most impactful additions, modifications, and share resources included in this new version of Blackboard.

So, what’s different?

The content areas have changed considerably (more aesthetically than functionally). The content building menus are reorganized and rearranged. There are also new content types including blank pages, assign textbook, and mashups.

Learning Modules have gotten a bit of a facelift. They now have a hierarchical folder structure that allows students to see their progress within the Module.

The Grade Center is now a top level section on the control panel (it was under the Evaluation section in 9.0). In addition, smart views (filtered grade views) are featured more prominently in the Grade Center area. Other features include: Anonymous grading, question by question grading of exams, blogs and journals linked to the Grade Center, and grading rubrics.

So, what’s new?

One of the most significant changes is the addition of a Course Files area. Blackboard 9.1 provides a file area where you can store any files you wish to use in your course.

Blackboard 9.1 allows you to create a Wiki, a collaborative tool most widely used in higher education for student-to-student collaboration. For more information about wikis in education, read the 10 Best Practices for using wikis in education.

So, what’s next?

The Blackboard 9.1 On Demand Learning Center is a great resource for Blackboard 9.1. It provides several video tutorials along with relevant articles, a knowledgebase, and a blog. Blackboard also developed a PDF file that details the changes from 9.0 to 9.1. Click here to download the file.

The Academic Technology staff is available to help you so please contact us if you have a question or would like to schedule a consultation. Contact the helpdesk at or call 786-5000