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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.
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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