Blackboard Learn’s official release strategy has been to reserve odd-numbered service pack releases to maintenance and patches, but Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 9 changes up the model a bit. Service Pack 9 includes some features and enhancements that system administrators, other support staff and faculty will appreciate. These features and enhancements include: support for the Common Cartridge 1.2 standard, a new Administrator Console, security and privacy enhancements as well as an update to the rubric feature.
Common Cartridge 1.2I’m usually the guy that touts Blackboard’s continual support of LMS industry standards. With this release I’m proud to announce that, as of Service Pack 9, Blackboard Learn will support the Common Cartridge 1.2 standard. Common Cartridge 1.2 allows users to export their course content including Basic LTI integrations and standards aligned content.
The Administrator ConsoleDelivered with Service Pack 9, the Administrator Console is a new diagnostic and troubleshooting tool for Blackboard Learn system administrators. Its purpose is to make troubleshooting activities easier to initiate from the user interface, either for an administrator starting a self-diagnosis, or for working on an issue in conjunction with the Blackboard Learn Support team.
Security and Privacy EnhancementsService Pack 9 addresses security fixes for cross-site scripting, link injection, cross-site request forgery, and authorization vulnerabilities. Stephanie Tan, the director of Blackboard Learn’s security team comments on Service Pack 9 by saying,
“With Service Pack 9, we’re continuing our commitment to quality through many security initiatives ranging from prevention to rigorous internal security testing. Each service pack is increasingly hardened from security threats. Furthermore, we understand that our users’ privacy is important and we’ve shipped our Cookie Disclosure B2 (installed but not enabled) so clients can meet their privacy needs relating to the EU and UK Data Protection Directives, head-on.”