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!


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.


Saving Grades!


As the end of the semester is just days away remember this notice from ITCS:

From the Office of IT Security, please note:
: Download Gradebook in Blackboard

: Student (Course) Gradebook is downloaded from Blackboard onto desktops, laptops, personal home computers and other unencrypted devices. A lost or compromised device could result in unauthorized release of student records.
: Save the gradebook to your Piratedrive for safe keeping.  Click HERE for more information.


Answer keyed wrong!!!


Yikes the test has been deployed, half the students have taken it and you realize one of the answers was keyed wrong.  In Blackboard 9 you DON’T have to go into each test one at a time to search and correct the question.  Click on the arrows next to the test name in Grade Center, select grade question, find the question keyed wrong, click on responses and then click edit to change the student’s points.  Still have to do each student but this is much quicker than before!

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