Over the winter break, a mandatory update was performed in Blackboard to switch the document management tool in Assignments from Croc-o-Doc to Box. Croc-o-Doc was being phased out by the publisher, and Blackboard found Box as the closest substitution.
But it is different. There are many things Box does not do that CoD did do. Two major changes, as examples:
- downloaded files do not have any of your annotations
- you cannot draw on a document (useful in math or other courses)
The good news is that Box will manage more file types than before, so that the student who wants to submit documents in *.odt format can safely do that.
But if you miss some of those previous capabilities, there’s a place for your voice to be heard.
Go to the Blackboard Community site here: https://community.blackboard.com/community/ideas Create a free account and vote! Vote for any feature that was take away that you’d like back! Vote for a feature you didn’t even know you wanted until you saw it on the list.
Blackboard watches this site closely and is aware of the general unhappiness with Box. They were pushed into a corner and had to do something, and they are trying to make it better. There will most likely be changes coming out during the Spring semester.
But if you’re missing a feature that was there before, go and vote on it!