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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've logged back in as Patrick Crispin and I'm back in our first Educational Technology course, the one with all of our content. Before we open up the Grade Center and start entering grades, I want to be completely honest with you. At times, Blackboard's Grade Center can be downright pokey, like, frustratingly slow. Let me go open it. I'm going to scroll down into Course Management. It can either click on Grade Center and then Full Grade Center, or much quicker, I can just click this light gray arrow and it will open.
You see, Blackboard's Grade Center isn't really a webpage, or at least, not a webpage as you and I know it. It's a full-fledged web spreadsheet program. I kind of describe it like a simplified version of Microsoft Excel for the web. Just as Microsoft Excel takes a few seconds to load on your computer, so too will Blackboard's Grade Center. In fact, it's very likely going to be the slowest page in Blackboard. Be prepared for the Grade Center to take a while to load, particularly if you have a lot of students or a lot of score columns.
Now, I have to be kind of careful in how I phrase this. I don't want to offend you, but Blackboard 9, 9.1, are the first versions of Blackboard that push a lot of its computing resources from Blackboard's servers to the end-user's computer. In other words, to your computer. I know you think your computer's great. But if you're running an older computer, or have a computer with a bunch of windows open, you're running a really old web browser, or you just have a slow internet connection, Blackboard's Grade Center is going to frustrate you to no end.
To make the Grade Center run as fast as possible, close as many open programs on your computer as possible. Close any extra browser windows or tabs. I've closed all of mine. Use an up to date web browser. Folks, Internet Explorer 6 is not an up to date web browser. And use a fast Internet connection. That should speed things up a bit, but that said, remember that Blackboard's Grade Center is a full-fledged web spreadsheet program, and it's probably going to be the slowest page in Blackboard.
Sorry about that. So, with that out of the way, we can finally begin setting up our Grade Center, and that's what we'll do in the next movie.
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