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Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows teachers how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. Plus, learn how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration on forums and between groups. Existing users will also appreciate the last-minute guide to working with the latest version of the program, Blackboard 9.1 service pack 13, in seven easy steps.
Okay. Do we really need two chapters of movies before you can use Blackboard's Grade Center? Of course not. This chapter shows you just the basics, which for most instructors is all you're ever going to need. However, Blackboard's Grade Center has a lot of neat bells and whistles. Things that are really going to help you down the road. But I wanted to separate those into their own chapter, so that we don't miss the forest for the trees. This chapter focuses on just the basics. So I'm logging into Blackboard as Patrick Crisp, and you see my name in the top right corner.
You can see courses where you are an instructor. I've got three courses including this third course 20133_EDOC_100_43767. If I click on that, notice that I've access to the Course Menu, I've got access to Course Management. I've got access to the Edit Mode, I can turn the Edit Mode on or off. I could even go into the Grade Center and click on Grade Center>Full Grade Center. A much quicker way, though, is just to click on this light gray arrow to the far right.
That just opens up the Full Grade Center. And I want you to notice that I see everyone's name, first name. Last name. User name. Possibly even their campus ID. I see everyone's grade because I'm the instructor, PA's, graders, and system administrators can also see this too. And, I've got this Aiden Jones, right here, I've got a paper, test that I need to grade for him and oh, he did not do really well in quiz number two, that, that's a shame. Let's go and see what Blackboard's Grade Center looks like from a student's point of view.
Well, actually, log off as Patrick Crispin and login as Aiden Jones. So I'm going to click the Power button in the top righthand corner, that logs me out and I'm going to log in as Aiden Jones. (SOUND) Notice that in my courses, it says courses you are student, not instructor. And I click on the name of the course, it takes me into the course, but notice I have no Course Management area. I have no Edit Mode.
All the folder items that are empty no longer show up. This is literally what your students see. So, how can Aiden view his grades? Well, there are four ways. One of the easiest ways is on the My Institution tab under Tools, Aiden can click My Grades. This shows Aiden his grade. If I scroll down we can see that he has ten out of 30, and there's a couple other things that need to be graded. Aiden can also get to this information by going under the global navigation, and then clicking My Grades. Or, inside of the course, Aiden can go into tools> My Grades. All of these work the same way.
There's also something called the Blackboard Mobile Learn App, and it runs on iOS, Android, or Blackberry. Students may be able to check their grades on that as well. Check with your help desk to see if this fourth option is available. The most important thing to take away from this Is that Aiden can only see Aiden's grades. Aiden can't see anyone else's grades. You do not have to worry about students seeing other students' grades. You also do not have to worry about students changing their grades, or anyone else's.
The only people who can see everyone's grades, who can enter or change grades, are instructors, teaching assistants, graders, and system administrators. And system administrators would never do that, we're just too busy. So this is what the end of the road looks like, this is what the students see. After you enter the grades. In our next movie, I'm going to give you a few pointers to speed up your Grade Center.
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