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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.
When you create a new discussion board forum, Blackboard asks you whether or not you want to grade that forum or threads. If you choose Grade Forum, it will create a score column in the Grade Center for that particular forum. If you choose Grade Threads, it will create a score column for each and every thread. Remember, if you are going to have lots of conversations that could make your Grade Center in credibly huge. In this case, we are going to go back, and I just want to make sure here for my Weekly Class Discussions, I am going to go click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons, click on Edit.
I am going to scroll down. I just want to make sure that I actually turned this on and I did. So I am going to grade the forum. The forum is itself worth 100 points. I am going to click on Submit. So we know that this thing has been enabled. I can now grade the forum. So how actually do I do it? Well, the easiest way to do it is click on the name of the forum and then at the top of the page click on Grade Forum. The button will only show up if you've turned it on and what I can now do is it shows me a list of all the students who were in my course and it shows me how many posts that they've read and then I click on Grade to see those two posts.
Now it's going to show me those posts out of context. But again I'm grading just the student's contribution to the course. Before I show you that, I also want to show you that if I click on Jayden Brown and Email, it's not going to email him his discussion forum. It just opens up the Email tool and allows me to communicate with Jayden Brown outside of the forum. Just like when you click on this link in the Grade Center you are not emailing grade; you are just opening up a way to get to the Email tool. The Email tool here doesn't actually email the students the discussion forum.
It just gives you a way to communicate with them. I am going to click on Grade. And what it's going to do now is it's going to show me a couple of things. Over on the right-hand side it's going to show me that he has made two posts. It shows me that his Average Post Length is 1000 characters or 669 characters. It counts characters, not words, which is kind of strange. Maximum Post Length is 1377 characters. Average Post Position, meaning that he's actually in there pretty quickly.
Show it will show me that when he is posting he is usually the second person in and I am usually the first. So that's pretty good. I also have the ability here to click on Edit Grade. When I click on Edit Grade, it's going to say okay, what grade do I want to give him? In this case, I am going to give him a 90. Give him some feedback. Remember, if I want to give some feedback, I can do "Well done." He'll see this in his My Grades when he's done. I click on Save Grade and now he has a 90.
I am going to click now and go to the next user and in this case, there is no one else. Jayden is the only person. But I could go user, user, user, and just start grading them one at a time. It's really all there is to it. I am going to get back into my discussion board. Let me just show you one more time. As long as you've turned Grade Forum on when you created the forum, when you click on the name of the forum and then click Grade Forum, you will see a list of users enrolled in your course.
You'll see the number of posts that they've made. If you click on Grade, you'll see their posts and what's great is whatever grade you enter here if I go into the Grade Center, let me smoosh this and go to the Grade Center, and here in the Grade Center I'll be able to hunt down somewhere... Now, it's turning out in this case it didn't put the column on the far right-hand side. So I kind of have to scroll to left and find it. I am not quite sure why it didn't put it where I want it, but I'm looking for the Weekly Class Discussions. It's going to be a column in here.
There it is! One last thing I want to show you. When I named the forum, I named it Weekly Class Discussions, which is longer than 13 characters. So this ends up being really long. I can, if I want to, go and change the name here for the column. I can click on Edit Column Information and shorten the name here.
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