Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

Organize Your Course and Students Using The New Blackboard Calendar Tool

To be successful in online courses, students must quickly learn to be organized. In fact, organization is the key to a successful learning environment. Without organization, students quickly become derailed from the course timeline and must spend their time playing catch-up. Typically, students are enrolled in more than one course and instructors are teaching more than one course. One organizational challenge that both instructors and students face is keeping track of all of the assignments and due dates in all of their courses.

Click here for more

Can’t scroll to see all your columns in Grade Center on your Mac?

Here’s the solution!

  • Launch System Preferences, either from the dock or from the Apple menu.
  • Once the System Preferences window opens, select the General preference pane.
  • The middle section of the General preference pane controls when scroll bars appear and a few additional scroll bar options.
  • To return the scroll bars to their pre-Lion functionality, select “Always” from the Show Scroll Bars options. The scroll bars will now always be visible, even when you’re not scrolling.

Test Feedback – What to choose?

Show Test Results and Feedback to Students from BB Help

After they complete a test, test results and feedback are available to students. By setting up rules, you can set the release of progressive feedback to keep test results secure and prevent cheating.

For example, you can choose After Submission to present Score, All Answers, Correct, Submitted, Feedback, and Show Incorrect Answers to show students their scores along with all answer options. Student also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any feedback you provided.  Keep all blank and students will not see anything however while in Respondus if “After Submission” and “Score” are selected the student will see all the questions and their answers.

Feedback Mode Description
When Sets the time when test results and feedback are shown to students:

  • After Submission
  • One-time View
  • On Specific Date
  • After Due Date
  • After Availability and End Date
  • After Attempts are Graded
Score Shows the final score out of points possible to students.
All Answers Shows all answer options for certain question types, such as multiple choice.
Correct Shows the correct answers.
Submitted Shows all the student’s submitted answers.
Feedback Shows instructor generated feedback messages for each question.
Show Incorrect Questions Shows the questions the student answered incorrectly or partially incorrectly.

As we enter the final third of the semester

Grades are coming in, papers are being submitted and your grade center might need some organization.  Here is a a link to Grade Center Customization.  One tip to remember you can download your Grade Center to an Excel spreadsheet prior to making changes.  Just save to your pirate drive in keeping with being a good steward of student information!  Need help with your grade center?  Contact OET for an appointment!

Just around the corner . . .

Yes Fall 2014 Semester begins in just over a month, on Tuesday August 26.  For those of you who did not teach a class this summer you may remember that Blackboard went through an upgrade/enhancement after Spring Semester.  OET will be glad to review these enhancements just give a call.   Blackboard Blog has many links for exploring these enhancements.

Those interested in using – an online library of instructional videos teaching the latest software tools and skills is available for students and faculty.   To get started, complete the request form on the login page.

Lockdown Browser Woes?

Students complaining they can’t access tests when using Lockdown Browser?  Here are a couple of things to check, advise students that if prompted to upgrade Lockdown they need to complete the upgrade.  As the instructor please note that any changes you make to Test Options may cause Lockdown browser to “error”.  To check on this just go to Control Panel, Course Tools, Respondus Lockdown Browser.  If you see this image just click the Fix It button and all should work fine!lockdownfixit

As Spring ends and Summer begins . . .

With the end of Spring Semester instructors often like to download grades from Blackboard, (go to Grade Center, select Work Offline, select download and follow the prompts to get an Excel workbook of grades for the semester) please remember that those files should be stored on your pirate drive or department pirate drive not your computer’s hard drive.

And a repeat of BB Support’s email yesterday – 

Before we discuss the upcoming Bb updates:
… If you teach this summer, please look at this checklist for reminders of things to do:
… To make spring course unavailable, please look at this screenshot:

When do the updates take place?
Blackboard will go down on the morning of May 12. While Blackboard is down next week, you will be redirected to a blog post with some brief information. When Blackboard is back up, your courses and all content will be in place for you. Blackboard is on the schedule to be down for the weekdays starting May 12th through May 16th; however, we will likely power back up before Friday if everything goes as expected. The May 12th – May 16th downtime is needed for system-integrity testing purposes. Summer semester 1 and 11-week semesters begin on May 19th.