Blackboard is providing accounts to it’s customers to preview, and provide feedback about, the future of the Blackboard line. I just got my account for the Project NG Playground, an implementation of Blackboard with features being considered for future release. There isn’t much change in the interface which is a good thing given the struggles some users have had getting used to the version 9 interface. I did notice that Blackboard has developed a wiki tool and added grading to the blog, journal, and wiki tools that is similar to grading for discussion boards. One odd feature that is in the “Playground” is the option to put a link to a “blank page” on the course menu. When the link/page is created the instructor/course builder is prompted to create content for the page. It looks similar to creating an item in any of the content areas. I’m not sure what to make of this yet, I haven’t fully explored the built out site they gave me to see how they propose using such pages.
More information in the future as I get time to play on the “Playground”.