And we end Spring 2018 classes. Some of you may have research papers for students to complete and “Would you like to have library resources in your Blackboard course in a format that is easy to use?” well click here to access the LibGuide Course Integration and “Integrating a research guide in to your Blackboard course is easy and can take less than 5 minutes!” Check it out!
And other test options to be aware of:
You may choose to set the Options one way for the duration of the test/survey and then change the Options after the test/survey has been taken. (i.e. do not allow the students to see correct answers until all have completed the test.)
Test / Survey Availability Options Best Practices
- Make the Link Available – YES
- Add New Announcement for Test/Survey – YES (this will create an announcement about the test/survey to remind the students and a link to the item can be within the announcement) This is optional, but if not used make sure your students know where to find the Test/Survey.
- Allow Multiple Attempts – NO. Do not set this unless the Test/Survey is just a tool for self assessment and the instructor doesn’t want the results. Multiple Attempts only will keep the last attempt within the Grade Center. The instructor will know how many times the Test/Survey was taken or what scores where given.
- Force Completion – NO. This will only make it harder for you. The force completion setting will not allow the student to re-access a Test/Survey if they were kicked out or if the Fire Alarm goes off! If you are concerned about cheating, then there are other settings to use to help reduce cheating, but with online Tests/Surveys there is no real way to prevent cheating without a proctored environment. If you use this option, for every student who has technical difficulties, you will need to manually clear their attempts (3 clicks each student). When clicked YES it means that a student will be required to submit the test after they first click the link to begin the survey. If the student does not click the Submit button, the attempt will be marked as In Progress and the attempt will need to be cleared. Force Completion with LockDown Browser? No. LDB does not like Force Completion. Use the timer and Auto-Submit instead
- Set Timer – YES. This will help to detour cheating. Set the time to allow those students who have studied the proper amount of time to complete the Test/Survey. If a student didn’t study, they will not be able to finish the Test/Survey in the time you provide. Students who exceed the limit will still be able to submit the test but no grade will be displayed. This option also records total completion time. If a test is NOT set as Force Completion, then a student will be able to answer some of the questions, click the Save button, exit the test, and then click on the link to take the test. The completion time will show the total time the student spent working on the test.
Attached find some tips, tricks and information on grade center, some you may know, some you may not and if there is something missed please share!
Click here for Grade Center Tips.
You can find more BB tips and demonstration in the OET 8000 Blackboard Course CAHS Kiosk of Information you are enrolled in as a student and this Blackboard resource.
And no not just because it is finals week but just some reminders on test analysis features
For tests deployed in BB click on the down arrow to choose one of the following for assessment information and don’t forget if you download your grades to an Excel file save to your Pirate drive not to your hard drive (good steward of student information)
Attempts Statistics – The statistics are calculated based only on the attempts being used in the grading option (Last attempt, First attempt, Lowest Score, Highest Score, or Average of Scores). If Average of Scores is the grading option, then all attempts are included in the statistics.
Item Analysis – The Item Analysis tool provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions to help you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. You can use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts. You can run item analyses on deployed tests, but not on surveys.
Column Statistics – Gives information on the range of grades, minimum, maximum, average, median, standard deviation, variance and grade distribution.
View all Attempts – Lets you get a quick look of grade, number of attempts, status and duration.
Question on how these work just contact OET!
From BB Blog “Using Qwickly Plus Cloud Tools, you can upload and link to documents stored in ECU’s OneDrive for Business Cloud storage. The Upload Cloud Content option allows you to upload content from your ECU OneDrive account to content areas in your Blackboard course(s). The Link to Cloud Content Mashup allows you to link to content in your ECU OneDrive account from the Blackboard text editor. Save time by using the Link to Cloud option. As you update your course documents in OneDrive, your students will have access to the most up-to-date content”
and in case you missed my bragging yesterday, welcome my newest granddaughter, Juliette Lou, born Monday.
On November 13-14th, Academic Technologies and Blackboard would like to invite you to a demonstration of Blackboard Ultra. Ultra is Blackboard’s newest learning management system. It features a learner-centered environment designed to improve user efficiency and satisfaction in a modern, comfortable, and simple interface.
o 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.
o 9:00 am to 10:30 am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Ultra Demonstration with the opportunity to provide feedback on Ultra as well as the current Blackboard LMS.
o 11am (Open to all Faculty/Staff) – Bb Assessment and Integrated Reports Demonstration
Interested in attending? Go to http://www.ecu.edu/itcs/cornerstone/ and click the Faculty/Staff button on the right side of the page to sign up. Click the LEARNING button at the top to view the Calendar of training events.
Check out this handout on what it looks like to grade group assignments. Demo coming shortly!
The old BB mobile app did not work well for instructors but with the new Blackboard Instructor you can preview content and assessments, create and reply to discussion forums, create and send announcements. Visit the Quick Start for Blackboard Instructor to learn more.
Click here for quick start instructions.
1. The last access column represents the last time the student accessed the course you are checking.
2. Hiding a column just hides it from the your grade center view it is still visible to the students. To hide a column from student edit the column information and select NO for option 3
3. To weight grades click on the chevron arrows next to Weighted Total, Edit Column Information. You can then set up your grade weighting either by item or category.
4. Pointing at a grade item will show the Grade Title, Points etc in the Grade Information Bar
5. Grading color codes is a neat way to highlight low grades, assignments that need grading or other important information.
6. Smart Views is another way to just highlight groups, specific grade items such as journals or discussion.
Lots more tips and information on Blackboard can be found in the CAHS Kiosk of Information (OET8000) course you are enrolled in as a student!