Enhancements for Summer 2016

MyAberdeen will be upgraded on a Saturday or Sunday during the first two weeks in August. Details of the upgrade (date and time) and the enhancements will be available at the end of July 2016.

Enhancements for Summer 2015

On Saturday 15 August, from 03:00 hours to 19:00 hours BST, MyAberdeen will be upgraded to the October 2014 Release of Blackboard Learn. This will introduce a number of enhancements, such as:

Enhanced landing page

This will enable you to access information and resources prior to logging in. For examples of how the enhanced landing / login page may look please see Durham University's landing page or the University of Leicester's landing page.

Ability to create a personal profile

This will enable you to create a personal profile page, including adding a picture to your profile page, if you wish. When you log in for the first time after the upgrade, you will see a dark grey overlay and a prompt to complete your user profile. Documentation on this will be available shortly.

General maintenance and minor improvements

General maintenance (bug-fixes) will occur and some minor improvemens will be made to tools such as the announcements tool and the calendar tool.


The transparent background associated with drop down menus in the grade center will be fixed. Minor issues associated with the creation of TurnitinUK assignments has recently been fixed.


Enhancements for Summer 2014

In July 2014 MyAberdeen was upgraded to the April 2014 Release. This introduced a number of enhancements to MyAberdeen, some of which are detailed below:

Student Preview

Staff can view their course exactly as a student does by using a student account that the system will generate for them. For further details see Blackboard's Help page on Student Preview.

Marking (or Grading)

Anonymous marking: staff will be to hide student names from submitted assignments for anonymous marking (or grading). For more details see Blackboard's help page on Annonymous Grading.

Delegated marking: staff are now able to delegate marking to specific users - see Blackboard's help page on Delegated Grading.

Portfolio improvements

Portfolios are now accessed from the global navigation and have a new authoring interface. Staff will also be able to create portfolio assignments. For more details see Blackboard's help page on My Portfolios.


Exception settings: New settings allow staff to select one or more groups of students and make a number of exceptions to the already established availability settings. For example, if you need to provide a student or a group of students with extra time to complete the test you will be able to set this up within the same test. See Blackboard's Help page on Test and Survey Options

Significant figures: In calculated formula questions, staff will be able to select the number of decimals or significant figures for the correct answers generated by the system. See Blackboard's help page on Calculated Formula Questions.

Groups Management

Staff will be able to export and import students in groups - See Blackboard's help page on Import and Export Groups.

Date Management

Staff will have the ability to update / review dates for all tasks from a single page. See Blackboard's help page on Date Manegement


Staff will be able to generate reports of student academic contribution and activity within a single or multiple courses. See Blackboard's help page on Course Reports.


Enhancements for Summer 2013

On the weekend 20 – 21 July MyAberdeen was upgraded to Service Pack 11. This introduced a number of enhancements to MyAberdeen, some of which are detailed below:

New Global Navigation Menu and My Blackboard

The new global navigation menu is the entry point to My Blackboard and is located in the top right corner of the MyAberdeen interface. It provides one-click access to your courses, organisations, settings, help and My Blackboard features.

My Blackboard provides you with quick and easy access to critical and timely information regarding courses and students. This replaces the Notifications Dashboard that MyAberdeen has used for the past two years. My Blackboard also provides social learning tools (Profile and Profile Card, People, Messages, Spaces). However, the social learning tools will not be available to staff and students in the AY 2013 - 2014.

View the Blackboard video about the global navigation menu and My Blackboard.

New Content Editor

The content editor allows you to add and format text, insert equations and hyperlinks, tables, and attach different types of files to content. The new version includes:

  • Better ability to paste from Word and retain formatting
  • Edit box which can be expanded to full screen, and has Preview function
  • Simple & advanced modes for editing. Simple mode just shows basic icons
  • New MathML equation editor

View the Blackboard Quick Hit video on the new content editor.

New Retention Centre and Inline Assignment Grading tools

The eLearning team will be piloting these tools with interested staff. If you would like to be involved in these pilots please email Sara Preston (s.preston@abdn.ac.uk). View the Blackboard Quick Hit video on the retention centre and video on the inline assignment grading tool for further information.

Revised Discussions tool

The look of the discussion board has been updated. All of a thread's posts are now visible at the same time on one page. Thread Posting can now be collapsed and expanded. Inline replies provide the content editor on the same page, within the context of the discussion. You are not taken to a new page to post a reply. Forum Descriptions now display when users create a thread. View the Blackboard Quick Hit video on the revised discussions tool.

Revised Calendar tool

The Calendar can now also be accessed from the My Blackboard area, where you can see a calendar comprising all calendar events from courses you are enrolled/teaching on. Any items and assignments with due dates are now automatically populated in the course calendar. Your MyAberdeen Calendar can now also be downloaded to Outlook (or other similar calendar tools) and will automatically keep up to date with changes that occur on the calendar in MyAberdeen using iCal functionality. View the Blackboard Quick Hit video on the revised calendar tool.

Notes on Service Pack 11

The notes on Service Pack 11 provide detailed information on the enhancements that will be introduced to MyAberdeen on the weekend 20 - 21 July 2013. Please note that we are also introducing some of the features available in Service Pack 12. These features are: the new Retention Centre and Inline Assignment Grading tools, the revised Discussions and Calendar too

Enhancements to MyAberdeen


MyAberdeen will be upgraded on Saturday 15th August. This will result in the system being unavailable from 3 am BST until 3pm BST on that day.


This upgrade will provide an enhanced landing page. Additional information will be visible to users before they log in. It will also be possible for the users to create a personal profile, including an image if they so choose.


Read more - link to the more detailed documentation. If Alex sets up a holding page, could we add the text tomorrow?