Blackboard Test Feedback Options

Test feedback options in Blackboard determine the type of results that users receive after a test is submitted.

To update your result and feedback options, go to a content area within your Blackboard course and locate a deployed test or quiz.

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Click the drop-down arrow next to the test name and select Edit the Test Options.

In Section 6 of the Test Options screen, you will see the available options. Click the check box associated with the option to select it.

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Social Media in the Clasroom

Fascinating article from PBS on using social media in high school classrooms. No reason it couldn’t be applied to the college classroom however.

Check it out here.

Creating a custom grading scale in Blackboard

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One of the display options for total columns in Blackboard’s grade center is a letter grade. This displays the students’ total as a letter, based on the traditional 90-100 =A, 80-89 = B, etc. grading scale.

There are certain programs which do not use this grading scale, in which case we need to create what is called a Grading Schema.

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Uploading Contact Information to Blackboard

As an instructor, you will want to communicate to students how to reach you by your preferred communication method and at least one alternative method. Your contact information should appear in several different places within your course.  The syllabus is one of those places.  The Instructor area of your course is another.  While the syllabus is the formal “contract” between you and your students, the instructor area is a place for you to consider going a bit more in-depth about yourself and your experiences and qualifications.  While you may also post this in an introductory announcement and/or in discussion or blog postings at the beginning of the class, also placing this information under the Instructor button allows students to refer to it quickly any time they enter the course.

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Uploading Syllabi to Blackboard

Instructors of online courses are required to use a syllabus template. You will find the current syllabus template in your Developmental Shell under Start Here > Step 1: Syllabus, Calendar & More > Syllabus (Course Information) and then locate Syllabus -one printable file.
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Archiving Courses in Blackboard

Faculty may export and/or archive their courses to save a permanent copy of the course for later use. Exporting or archiving a course will create a .zip file which you can save to your computer or external storage device.

  • Exports create a copy of the course with no user data or activity. This is suitable for courses which you plan to reuse in the future.
  • Archives store all user activity, such as submitted work and the gradebook. This is suitable if you need a permanent copy of all student activity in the course.

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Exporting and Importing Courses in Blackboard

Faculty may export and/or archive their courses to save a permanent copy of the course for later use. Exporting or archiving a course will create a .zip file which you can save to your computer or external storage device.

  • Exports create a copy of the course with no user data or activity. This is suitable for courses which you plan to reuse in the future.
  • Archives store all user activity, such as submitted work and the gradebook. This is suitable if you need a permanent copy of student activity in the course.

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Google+ Hangouts on Air

Our study abroad group visited Harlaxton College in the UK this year. We decided it’d be nice to have a video chat with them for a Q&A session. Skype would have worked fine, but I’d recently sat in on a really cool interview session with Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame on Google+, and thought that’d be a great thing to use for ourselves.

Google+ Hangouts on Air allow you to broadcast your video chat live on YouTube. We had a moderator sitting on the YouTube page taking questions from visitors that way. It also archived the video for us so that we could use it to promote our study abroad program in the future.

Course Copies in Blackboard 9.1 SP13

The following directions will walk you through doing a course copy with the recommended settings in Blackboard 9.1 SP13. This is useful if you need to copy a section of a course from a prior semester into your current semester.

  • Open Firefox (We recommend using Firefox for all Blackboard related tasks.)
  • Navigate to the course you wish to copy in Blackboard.
  • In the control panel, click on Packages and Utilities.
  • Click on Course Copy.

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Special Note for English Faculty

Special Note for English Faculty

Found this on Twitter – Thinking of all our belabored English faculty on this thankfully mild holiday break!