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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
In our last movie I showed you how to create a Blackboard assignment. Let me show you that assignment one more time from the student's point of view. You'll notice that I'm logged into Firefox as Jayden Brown, a student who's enrolled in my Educational Technology class. I'm going to click on the Educational Technology link. I'm going to click on Assignments and because it is afternoon and before the assignment cutoff date I can actually click on the link for the assignment, so I click on Assignment 1. It's going to give me the instruction, show me how many points are possible, and then I can as Jayden Brown write my answer here or I can browse my computer and attach a file.
My recommendation when you're dealing with assignments let the students know which is appropriate and how they're going to turn their papers in. Most instructors recommend clicking on Browse My Computer and attaching a file. That's what I'm going to do here. Now I can give comments back to the instructor like This was hard, and scroll down and click on Submit. I know I've successfully submitted a paper because it says, "This assignment is complete. Review the Submission History." And actually if I scroll down the Submission History shows me that at 1:02 p.m., I actually submitted paper.docx and the instructor Patrick Crispen still has not graded it and I have no comments or attached files from the instructor.
So Jayden has now submitted an assignment in my class. Let me close Firefox and I'm going to get back to Internet Explorer. I'm now Patrick Crispen again. Let me get into my Grade Center. To download files that students have submitted to an assignment, access your Grade Center, then find the Assignment column, in this case it's called Assignment 1, and click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons. That always means edit or more, and choose Assignment File Download.
Now let's slow down and take that step by step one more time. I want you to notice that I've got this sort of green exclamation mark here. That actually means that it needs grading. In fact, I can click on the icon legend at the very bottom of the page. So anytime I see a green exclamation mark that usually means it's something I have to manually grade. I ever see sort of a piece of paper and a pencil that means a student is taking the assignment right now. He hasn't actually submitted the assignment.
They may have submitted their draft but haven't turned that in yet, and then there are some other icons that can show up from time to time. One thing I want you to notice before we go and download the assignment is on the left-hand side of the grade book I have the ability to do checkboxes and I can actually find all the students who have not submitted the assignment yet and I can email them a message. Now remember sending email from the Grade Center doesn't send the grades.
This is just a way for you to communicate with your students. I'm not going to do that though. In this case, let's actually download the assignment, so I'm going to click on Assignment File Download. Not Cleanup. That erases a file. I'm going to do Assignment File Download. And it's going to show all the students who have submitted an assignment. In this case Jayden is the only one who submitted. But if I click this checkbox right here in the top-left corner, if there are whole bunch of students here who have submitted assignments, I'd be able to select all of them at the same time.
So I'm going to select Jayden and go to the next page by clicking on Submit. And what this is done is it's created a ZIP file. It's taken all the students assignments, all the comments, and put it together into a single file that I can now download to my computer. So I don't have to go student-by-student, right click, Save As, right-click, Save As. I can now zip it, download it. What I recommend you to do, however, is right-click on this and Save Target As or Save Link As and save it to your computer.
And I'm actually going to save this to my Desktop. Now because this is a ZIP file, I close this. Let me go to my desktop. I actually have to now open this. If you have a modern operating system, just double-clicking on the folder should open it and you'll actually see that Blackboard does something kind of interesting. It actually goes and renames the student's paper. Remember, the student uploaded a file named paper.docx. Blackboard goes and renames the file that the student submitted.
It puts the name of the assignment. It gives a number. It gives the Student ID. It gives the date and time of the attempt and then the original filename. It's a great way when you download student files to be able to organize the information that students have given you. So you see the file and then remember the student also wrote down that this was hard. If I double-click on this, this is a text document that was created where the student submitted an assignment and said, "This was hard." So it's sort of a receipt for me, but the student's paper is right there.
So how can you give your students their grades? Well, that's the topic of the next movie.
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