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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.
I log back in as Patrick Crispin. Besides letting your students rate each others' posts, something we looked at in the last movie. You also have the option of grading your students discussion board contributions. This is a forum setting, not a thread setting, so what I want to do is I want to go to this forum, my weekly class discussions, and I'm going to edit the settings. We actually turned this on already, so I'm not going to be changing anything here, but let me scroll down and show you what we did. I had the option of either not grading it, or grading the forum how many points it's worth or I can grade the threads that's going to be lot of work if I've to grade each individual thread.
I recommend doing grading to discussion forum thats one grade for each student not one grade for every post. And that's pretty much about it. I can have it show up and needs grading after a certain number of posts but I'm going to leave it the way it is and click on Cancel. so let's go look at what this looks like. I'm going to access the forum by clicking the forum name and then I'm going to click on Grade discussion forum. And because we're grading the forum and not the threads, what I see here is a list of everybody in my course, their last name and their first name, their username.
The number of posts they've made within this particular thread, and then whatever grade I've assigned for them. If I click on Grade. What it's going to do is its going to go through that entire forum and its going to pull out every post that the student has made within that forum so I can see them separated from everybody else. I can see how many posts the students have made, when their last post was, the average post length in characters, minimum or maximum post length. And then what's called their post position in other words, how soon after the thread was created did the student post something? I can go down and see who else they're contributing with.
In other words, who else was in the thread that they were talking to. And, I can go and edit their grade. When I click on Edit grade, I can type in whatever grade I want, and then click on Save. I can give them some, some feedback. And grading notes remember, are just for me. I'm going to click on Save grade. If I go and click to Next user, I can go and just click, and that takes me to Jayden Brown. I can edit his grade, he already has one. And this is actually going to take me through the contributors in this thread.
I'm going to skip that, and just click on OK. So, that's basically how to grade Blackboard's discussion boards. And that's actually how to use Blackboard's discussion board post, and threads, and forums. In our next chapter, we're going to look at another helpful black board tool for student's collaboration groups.
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