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Building a Course
Assessments & Grades
- Interactive Tools
Instructional Development Services (IDS) offers a variety of options for faculty to receive Blackboard training. Click on a title below to:
Blackboard 1: Building a Course Site
This is the first in a series of four workshops on teaching with Blackboard. It will help you to begin creating your Blackboard course site. You will learn how to organize your course site and add the content you need to provide to your students. Topics covered in this workshop include: building a course menu; managing course appearance; creating announcements; creating course content (including files, folders and tool links); adding multimedia from YouTube, Flickr and SlideShare; editing content; and managing users.
Blackboard 2: Assignments & Assessments
Blackboard allows you to create tests, quizzes, assignments and surveys to facilitate high-stakes assessment or simply to provide students with guided practice. This workshop will teach you how to create these kinds of assessments and activities. Topics include creating and deploying tests, quizzes, surveys and assignments; making tests secure; and creating and grading with rubrics.
Blackboard 3: Grade Center
Whether you are using integrated Blackboard assignments or looking for a place to record grades on work submitted outside of Blackboard, the Grade Center gives you a secure online environment in which to manage student grades. This workshop will teach you how to create grade columns, weighted grades, organize your Grade Center, download grades to Excel and more.
Blackboard 4: Interactive Tools
Blackboard's integrated interactive tools give you the ability to facilitate interaction and communication with and amongst your students. Use these tools to create opportunities for self-reflection, conversation and collaboration. In this workshop, you will learn about the basics of creating and using discussion boards, journals, wikis and blogs.
Additional Training Documentation
Blackboard Voice Tools: Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring Tools is a suite of five applications that allow users to collaborate by recording and sharing voice content over the Internet. Voice tools include: Voice Board, Voice Presentation, Voice Podcaster, Voice Email, Voice Authoring.
SafeAssign: This plagiarism prevention service, offered through Blackboard, can help prevent plagiarism by detecting unoriginal content in student papers. In addition to acting as a plagiarism deterrent, it also has features designed to aid in educating students about plagiarism and the importance of proper attribution of any borrowed content.
Ready to add content to your Blackboard course site? On this page, you will find all the information you need to get started. Learn how to navigate Blackboard's user interface, manage users, add and edit course content, copy materials from one course to another, and more.
Go to the Interactive Tools or Assessments & Grades tabs for additional information on using some of Blackboard's more advanced features.
The availability setting of your course determines whether or not students will be able to access your course site. A course listed as (unavailable) will not appear in students' Course menu. The instructor, however, will still have full access to the course site.
Course Entry Page
You can determine what page students will land on when they enter your Blackboard course site.
If you are new to Blackboard, view this tour of the course environment to familiarize yourself with the system's layout and features.
You may see the following icons next to items in your Course Menu:
Show/Hide Course Menu
Add Test Student
Manually enrolling users is not common, as student enrollments are loaded automatically. This process is most frequently used to add another instructor to a course.
List Enrolled Users
Student enrollments are loaded in Blackboard one week prior to the first day of class. Records are then synched with Datatel twice a day to reflect the most current registration information.
Adaptive Release allows you to restrict a content item so it is not visible to students until specified criteria are met.
Adaptive Release: Advanced
Use Adaptive Release: Advanced to set multiple rules. Each criteria set in the adaptive release must be met for the rule to work.
Course Menu Items
Add links on the Course Menu to items in the course. Items include: Content Areas that provide direct access to course content (e.g. text, files, tests, assignments); Tools (e.g. Email, My Grades); Course Links; External Links; and Subheaders and Dividers to help organize the menu.
Edit/Delete Content Items
Edit/Delete Menu Items
Enable Course Tools
If you want to use a Course Tool (such as Respondus LockDown Browser or SoftChalk) but do not see it in your list of Course Tools, follow these steps to enable the tool:
You can create links to external web pages directly in your Course Menu:
Files and Multimedia
To add a file (PDF, Word Doc, etc.), audio, image, or video, you must have the file available on your computer or storage device.
Note: To be compliant with ADA, include a transcript or captioning for audio or video files.
Note: Video files may exceed file size restrictions in Blackboard. You may be able to upload your video to the ACC streaming server; click here for more information.
When you create a content folder, you are creating an area or page into which you can put the same type of content that is found under the "Build Content" tab.
If you have exported/archived a previous course, you can import the contents into a new course shell.
A learning module is an organized collection of course material, including content and activities, presented with a table of contents.
Follow these steps to add a link to an external web page in a content area:
Mashups allow you to add multimedia content from the web directly into your Blackboard course site. Choose content from Flickr, Slideshare or YouTube.
Module Pages encompass a wide range of Blackboard applications such as calendars, tasks, dictionaries and alerts. These modules can help students stay organized.
Paste from Word
When you paste content from Microsoft Word into a text box in Blackboard, you often see differences in formatting. Using Paste from Word will help preserve your original formatting.
Click here for step-by-step instructions on posting SoftChalk lessons to Blackboard.
Statistics Tracking: Enable
Statistics tracking compiles a record of how often an item is accessed and by whom.
Statistics Tracking: View Report
If you have enabled statistics tracking for an item, follow these steps to view the report:
In the Course Menu:
You can also create a Tool Link in a Content Area:
Blackboard allows you to create tests, quizzes, assignments and surveys to facilitate high-stakes assessment or simply to provide students with guided practice.
Whether you are using integrated Blackboard assignments or looking for a place to record grades on work submitted outside of Blackboard, the Grade Center gives you a secure online environment in which to manage student grades.
Tests & Pools
Create Tests in Blackboard
Create Tests in Respondus
Click here for step-by-step instructions on creating tests in Respondus.
Deploy in Content Area
You must deploy a Test in a Content Area for students to access it.
Edit Test Information
Edit Test Questions & Point Values
Enable Resondus LockDown Browser
If you are giving a secure test to be taken only in an ACC Testing Center or other approved testing location, you need to enable Respondus LockDown Browser for that test.
Include Images in Questions/ Answers
If you create Question Pools, you have the option to create random blocks of questions in a test.
Adjust Test Options to determine the test-taking environment. These options appear when you deploy a test in a Content Area, or by clicking the action button next to a test that has already been deployed and selecting "Edit the Test Options."
A Calculated Formula question contains a formula with variables that change for each user.
A Calculated Numeric question is any question that requires a numeric answer (not necessarily a mathematical formula).
You can reuse questions that already exist in other Pools or Tests.
Fill in the Blank
Hot Spot questions require students to identify a specified area in an image. If students click within this range, the answer is recorded as correct.
Random Question Blocks
If you have Question Pools created, you can set up a test to pull random blocks of questions from the Pool(s).
Associate Rubrics with Gradable Items
You have the option to associate Rubrics when you create a graded item (e.g. Assignment, Blog, Wiki). You can also associate a Rubric later by going to Full Grade Center > clicking the action button in the header of the column with which you want to associate the rubric and selecting Edit Column Information.
Grade with Rubrics
If you have associated a Rubric with a graded item, follow these steps to grade with the Rubric:
Export/Import Surveys from Another Course
Likert Scale Questions
Review Survey Results
Clear Graded Assignment Files
After grading student work, you can clear their submitted files to save space in your course.
For more detailed instructions, download the SafeAssign QuickStart
Color Code Grade Center
You can color code your grade center to highlight grades with a certain status (e.g. pending grading) or grades that fall in a certain range (e.g. failing grades)
Create Grade Columns
You only need to manually create columns for items submitted outside of Blackboard. Any time you create a graded item in Blackboard, a grade column is automatically created.
Delete Grade Columns
You can delete manually created grade columns.
Edit Column Categories
Grade Details (View Attempt, Enter Grade)
Grade Question by Question
Organize Grade Center
Reset Test/Quiz Attempt
Create Smart Views
Filter Grade Center Using a Smart View
Early Warning System
You can use the Early Warning System to communicate performance concerns or comment on exceptional performance.
Blackboard's integrated interactive tools give you the ability to facilitate interaction and communication with and amongst your students. Use these tools to create opportunities for self-reflection, conversation and collaboration.
To learn more about the distinction between the various interactive tools and to review examples of how each can be used, click here.
Discussion Board Overview
If you are not yet familiar with using discussion boards, this video will provide you with an introduction.
You can Collect posts to show only selected posts from a thread on one page.
Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy discussion boards to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to discussion boards for your students to access them.
You can Flag posts to mark them for future reference.
Forums: Change Settings
If you enabled the "Grade Forum" option when creating the forum, follow these steps to grade posts:
If you selected "Force Moderation of Posts" when creating a Forum, follow these steps to moderate posts:
If you selected "Allow Members to Rate Posts" when creating a Forum, follow these steps to rate posts:
Subscribe to Forums/Threads
Selecting this option enables a subscribe button in the forum or thread that allows users to choose whether or not they want email notifications of new postings.
Tagging can only occur if the "Allow Post Tagging" option is enabled.
If you enabled the "Grade Threads" option when creating the forum, follow these steps to grade threads:
Create a Group
Create Group Sets
Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy groups to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to groups for your students to access them.
If Self-Enroll groups have been created, follow these steps to enroll in a group:
You can send an email to all or selected users in your course directly through Blackboard.
You can also send Messages to all or selected users. These Messages appear only in Blackboard and are contained within each course.
Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring Tools is a suite of five applications that allow users to collaborate by recording and sharing voice content over the Internet. Voice tools include: Voice Board, Voice Presentation, Voice Podcaster, Voice Email, Voice Authoring.
Comment on Entries
Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy blogs to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to blogs for your students to access them.
If you chose to create a Graded Blog during set up, follow these steps to assign grades:
Comment on Entries
Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy journals to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to journals for your students to access them.
If you chose to create a Graded Journal during set up, follow these steps to assign grades.
Deploy in Content Area
You must either deploy wikis to a Content Area or create a Tool Link to wikis for your students to access them.
If the Grade Wiki setting is enabled, follow these steps to grade each student's contributions:
If your wiki has multiple pages, you can create links from one wiki page to another.
View Page History
Additional Blackboard Resources
Course Design & Development
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