Chalk Updates

On September 6th, Academic & Scholarly Technology Services updated Chalk to Blackboard 9, Service Pack 13.  The update improved features within Chalk and provides a more user-friendly experience. 

To learn more about the new features in Chalk, please attend one of our Chalk New Feature Workshops.  

The Highlights of the Updates Include:

  • Global Navigation: streamlined top-level links are the entry point when using the system and the new social learning tools.

  • New Content Editor: the new content editor improves the user experience for adding text, equations, and digital content.

  • Calendar: instructors and students can view personal, course, and system-wide events in a single calendar view.  External calendars can subscribe to events created on the Blackboard Learn calendar through an iCalendar feed.

  • Discussions: a more modern discussion interface that displays all posts and options on a single page, allows inline posting, clearly identifies the role of the poster, and can require students to post before participating.

  • Several New Assessment Features Including: Assessment Item Analysis - provides statistics on overall tests and individual test questions; Test Access Logs - allows instructors to verify test activity, Enhanced Test Options - offers flexibilty for due dates and time of test;  Enhanced Assessment Questions - allows  pattern matching so instructors do not need to rely on "exact match" and more.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upgrade, please contact Chalk Support at or call 773 702 9944 (M-F 8:30 - 4:00pm).