What's New for September 19, 2018
This release includes several major enhancements to Blackbaud's K-12 Products. As always, thank you for all of the fantastic feedback that helps shape these releases!
Tip: Did you miss our Q3 2018 Roadmap Update? Catch up on demand here!
After returning from our own summer blogging hiatus, we’ve been full steam ahead with new content each and every week. Here’s everything from the past month.
Want an easy way to print a class roster? Learn all about the Course Roster report and how it can help you achieve that goal.
If you’re a teacher, come discover the power of Rubrics when grading projects, assignments, and much more.
We took a deeper dive into the Standard Application Online integration with Enrollment management, revealing ways it can make the application process easier.
We've recently updated Rubrics to enable teachers to adjust points in case a student submits late work or works for extra credit.
With the September release, we've added an option to give a score of 0. For example, if a student was completely missing work, the teacher wouldn't be working with the previously set up proficiency levels and instead opt to score the work with a zero.
In the Requests and Recommendations List, schools now have a recommended date column available. This column displays the date and time of when a course was recommended for the student.
We have added the ability to View student free time in the Master Schedule. While in View Master Schedule, you can look up a specific course and see what blocks students have free. You can now edit the course from here as well under Edit Class. You can edit any sections of the course and even add a section from here.
Core & general features
We recently added a default privacy settings differences column to the User List in Core. Schools can now filter on this column to display just those users that use the default privacy settings or users that have changed their default privacy settings.
Additionally, User lists and Student lists can now show a column for Is Latino/Hispanic. This information comes from the Citizenship section of user profiles. Typical values are yes, no, or no answer. You can also filter by this column. This is useful for reporting.
List managers can also select to include a column for Has Photo in User lists and Student lists. Typical values include yes, no, or blank. You can filter by this column. Previously, when platform managers used Core’s System tools to Bulk upload user photos, we recommended they use a Basic list to identify which users lacked profile photos. We now recommend you use a User list or Student list.
Previously, when a platform manager used Core’s System tools to Bulk upload user photos, you needed to include a photo for every user in the comma separated value file (.csv). If a user was included in the file, but their photo was missing, the bulk process showed an error, you had to find the missing photo or edit the file to remove the corresponding individual (by ID), and restart the bulk upload process.
Now, an error indicates that some photos are missing, but you can choose whether to proceed (some users won’t receive new photos) or to go back and correct the issue.
Additionally, if the file name of a photo is capitalized differently than the corresponding row in the comma separated value file (.csv), the bulk upload process no longer shows an error. This validation is no longer case sensitive.
Tip: We’ve also updated User lists and Student lists to make it easier to identify which individual still need photos.
We released this change before Labor Day, but we’re so excited about it and it was requested by so many users, we want to repeat the good news:
Previously, if a user who authenticates with Blackbaud ID appeared to be idle for 15 minutes, the user’s session timed out and the user had to log back in to continue working. A Keep Working? prompt appeared to warn the user at 13 minutes.
Now, the idle duration has been extended to 90 minutes. A Keep Working? prompt will appear a few minutes before the timeout. This will help users who need to spend a longer amount of time on Pushpage or other tasks that might accidentally cause them to appear “idle.”
Read more about this update and the history of the time out on the Nonprofit Best Practices blog in the Blackbaud User Community.
School forms managers can now delete high volume school forms without any restrictions. A warning message still displays before the forms are deleted permanently.