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Learn Upgrade: Staff - Winter 2017 / 9 - 10 December 2017

by Aaron Burrell on 2017-10-26T18:16:00+01:00 in Learn, Learning Technologies | Comments


Learn Upgrade: 9 - 10 December 2017

System Down from: 6.00pm on Saturday 9 December 2017
System Up from: 8.00am on Monday 11 December 2017 or before

Blackboard’s current service for the implementation of inline grading is through the Crocodoc API, and Box Inc. has decided to discontinue it. The end-of-life date for the Crocodoc API is January 15, 2018.

As a result, Blackboard have updated the inline grading capability to leverage the New Box View API. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types. Inline grading will continue to work in your courses after January 15th, 2018.

To enable the change from Crocodoc to New Box View we need to perform an upgrade to our live Blackboard environment.  The system will be down from 6.00pm on Saturday 9 December and will be available again from 8.00am on Monday 11 December, if not before.

There are changes to functionality with the introduction of New Box View, some positives, such as many more file types, but one very negative in relation to downloading annotated documents.

You'll see a few differences between Crocodoc and New Box View. This table compares the two annotation services.

New Box View will completely replace the Crocodoc feature in your courses, with the same general workflows and interface elements. You'll see some slight differences in the interface, primarily more streamlined buttons and options.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will feedback comments made in Crocodoc be visible after the change to New Box View?

    Yes, comments made in Crocodoc will be burnt into the documents, these will be visible to both lecturers and students.  These burnt in comments will not be editable by lecturers, but new comments can be added.
  • Will the transition have any impact on the use of rubrics for grading? Will I be able to use the same rubrics for the New Box View as I currently do for Crocodoc?

    The transition won’t impact your course's rubrics or rubric data. You'll be able to use the same rubrics within the inline grading interface alongside the New Box View service. Rubrics are a separate feature that doesn’t share code with the Crocodoc or New Box View service.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss this force change, please make contact with Aaron in Learning Services.


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