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Exploring how students view course grades


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

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Before we talk about posting student grades to Blackboard, I wanted to see what Blackboard grades look like from the student point of view. I'm here in a course as an instructor. I'm actually logged into Blackboard as an instructor. You can see it's my name up here at the top and it says Courses you are teaching. I am going to click on the second course, the Instructional Design course. I am going to scroll down. Notice that I have access to the Edit mode. I've got my Course Management area and to the right of the word Grade Center. I am going to click on the button with the two greater than signs that actually opens it up on the right-hand side of the page.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Exploring how students view course grades

Before we talk about posting student grades to Blackboard, I wanted to see what Blackboard grades look like from the student point of view. I'm here in a course as an instructor. I'm actually logged into Blackboard as an instructor. You can see it's my name up here at the top and it says Courses you are teaching. I am going to click on the second course, the Instructional Design course. I am going to scroll down. Notice that I have access to the Edit mode. I've got my Course Management area and to the right of the word Grade Center. I am going to click on the button with the two greater than signs that actually opens it up on the right-hand side of the page.

If you're using Blackboard 9.0, go to Evaluation, then Grade Center. And here is my Grade Center. Here are all my students in my course. I've got their term paper grades. I've got their grades that have been entered for everything. Their total grade. Grade columns are a little out of order right now. We'll show you how to fix that in an upcoming movie. But notice that Olivia got an 85 in Term Paper 1. Anjoli has a 74. Sofia has an 89 on that paper. Now I have the ability as an instructor to see everything. This is my course.

I get to see the grade book. I am going to switch out of Internet Explorer. I am going to go over to Firefox, and I'm no longer Patrick Crispen. I'm Olivia Anderson, and you can notice that I'm no longer teaching a course. I'm enrolled as a course. Now let me get into that same Instructional Design course we were in just a moment ago, and notice I don't have an Edit mode. I don't have a Course Management area. I have none of that. Now let me show you how Olivia views her grades. If she goes under Tools and clicks on My Grades, she can also do this by the way in your course if you haven't turned it off in the Tools area. She can then click on My Grades. Either way it works.

But if she goes in and clicks on My Grades, she'll see a list of all the courses in which she's enrolled. And if she clicks on the Instructional Design course, notice that Olivia sees her grades and only her grades. In other words, she has not seeing anyone else's grades. The way she did this, she went and click down My Grades. By the way only students can use the My Grades tool. If you click on My Grades tool, you'll receive an error message telling you that users with your role, in other words instructors, don't have personal grade.

You get into the Grade Book to enter grades. But when Olivia clicks on My Grades, she sees her grades and only her grades. Students can not see other students grades, only their own. So she can see that she got on the first paper an 85. If she clicks on Details, there might be a few little extra notes here for her. Sometimes there might even be some hyperlinks. For example, this Take-Home Midterm was something where she turned in a paper. If she clicks on the hyperlink, she sees the paper that she has submitted and the grade and if I've returned any files she'd see that here or any comments from me as well.

There's also an icon legend. When she gets into her grade she might see a checkbox saying you did it or an exclamation mark saying the instructor still needs to grade it. Just wanted to show you that this is available. But the big thing to remember is that when a student gets into Blackboard and gets into your course and clicks on My Grades, if you haven't turned that tool off from the Tools panel or if the student goes to My Institution and clicks on My Grades, the student is going to see their grades and their grades only.

No one else's. And they can't make any changes. And last thing I want to show you, remember I said that if you click on My Grades, you get an error message. Let me kind of back that up. I am back now as Patrick Crispen. I've got the courses that I'm teaching. Let me click on My Grades and it's going to say, "You can use My Grades to see your grades after you are enrolled in a course and the instructor has made your grades available." In other words, you are not enrolled as the student, so you can't see any grades. However, you can see the grades if you go into the course's grade book.

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Q: This course was updated on 10/09/2012. What changed?
A: This update adds 7 new movies in the "What's New in Blackboard 9.x SP8 and SP9," on topics such as course themes, new and improved assessments, and other new features found in service packs 8 and 9.
 
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