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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 open up the Grade Center and start entering grades, I want to give you a quick heads up about a few things. First, Blackboard's Grade Center isn't really a web page or at least not a web page as you and I know. It's a full-fledged web spreadsheet program. I describe it as kind of like a simplified version of Microsoft Excel for the web. Just as Microsoft Excel takes a few extra seconds to load on your computer, so too will Blackboard's Grade Center. In fact, it's probably 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. Blackboard 9 is the first version of Blackboard that pushes a lot of its computing resources from Blackboard servers to the end user's computer. If you're running an older computer, if you have a computer with a bunch of windows open, or if you're running an older web browser or just have a slow Internet connection, Blackboard's Grade Center is going to be downright poky.
To make the Grade Center run as fast as possible, closes many open programs on your computer as possible. Close any extra browser windows or tabs. Use an up-to-date web browser-- and that's not Internet Explorer 6, folks. And use of very, very fast Internet connection if ones available. That should speed things up a bit. But with that said, remember, the Blackboard Grade Center is a full-fledged web spreadsheet program, and it's probably going to be the slowest page in Blackboard. Sorry about that!
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