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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.
There are four ways that I'd recommend to view your course roster in Blackboard. You can go to Course menu > Tools, and then roster, or down under Course Management, if you scroll down, you could actually go to Users and Groups and then Users, or to Grade Center, or to Evaluation and Performance Dashboard. Now we talked about viewing rosters back in chapter 1, but we went through that kind of quickly. It was a last-minute guide the Blackboard 9. I want to go back over this one more time, because it's going to help you when it comes time for you to manage your roster.
How can you tell who exactly is involved in your Blackboard course? Well, there are four-way that I recommend. The first way, let's go to Tools, scroll down, and I'll click on Roster, and there is no one enrolled in my course. Well, no, not exactly. We haven't done the search yet. We have to go and say Not Blank and then click on Go, and that shows me the first and last names of the students enrolled in my course. So the plus is it's just the first and last names, and that might be exactly what I'm looking for. The minus is, and it's the big minus, this information is coming from the students' privacy settings.
I'm going to click on My Places and click on Personal Information. I want to scroll down now to the bottom of this and click on Set Privacy options, and I want to see that you and your students have the ability to hide your name from appearing on the roster. Now, it's the roster under Tools > Roster, not the real course roster, but you can actually make yourself private on a course roster. That's the reason why I do not recommend going to Tools > Roster to see your course roster.
It's something your students can look at, but in this case it's just not something that I consider to be robust enough for an instructor. So Tools > Roster, let's throw that one out. Second way, and actually I think one of the more powerful ways, is under Course Management, to click on Users and Groups and then click on Users. Now, this may not show up anything at first. You might want to do username not blank and do a go. If that doesn't work, older versions of Blackboard, you would need to search for a wildcard character. So if you did a username not blank and search for percentage that would also get the entire roster to show up. That was true in Blackboard 9, but not 9.1.
So I've got here a little more information. I've got the students' username, I've got their first name, I've got their last name. I'm sorting here by last name by default, but I could sort by username if I wanted to. Click on Username and now I'm sorting alphabetically by username, do the reverse alphabetically by username. Go back to searching by last name. And this is going to show me the students' first name, last name, username, email, role, they're availability in the course. That's actually kind of great. The plus of this is that there is a lot of information on page. Another plus is I can see the roster, whether the students want me to see them or not.
If they're enrolled in the course, I'm the instructor--I get to see the roster. Now there is a negative, and the negative is that I can't download this. There is not a real easy way to save this, to take a copy of this off of Blackboard. That where that third way comes in. Let me get into the Grade Center. I'm going to click on the click Grade Center link here on the control panel. If you're running Blackboard 9 instead of 9.1, you'll have to go to Evaluation > Grade Center. Blackboard 9.1 just pulls it out here. So I've got the full Grade Center showing up here at the top level, and I can scroll up and down to see my entire roster.
This is showing me not only the Username, Last Name, First Name, Username, Student ID, Last Access, Availability, it's also going to show me their grades. The really great part about this is I can download this. I can work offline. I can download a copy of this and carry it around with me. I can do with this as I please. Minus, there might be too much information here. That might be a little more information than what we're used to. Let me show you one last thing, a last way to view your roster.
It's under Evaluation, and if I click on Performance Dashboard-- now the Performance Dashboard is an activity report for all users, and the positive for this is that it's a really easy way for you to see which students are and are not participating in your course. I've got to tell you, this is an advanced topic for Blackboard, especially the early warning system, but there are positives and minuses here. Positive is that you can print it. There is a print icon in the top right- hand corner. And the negative here is that it's not going to give you an email addresses or student IDs.
So for the rest of this chapter, when we talk about viewing our rosters, I think the best way to go about this is under Users and Groups, to click on users, and then if I need to, I would search for percentage. But there are four different ways that you can view your roster. You can go to Course menu > Tools; you can go to Course Management > Users and Groups > Users; you can go to Course Manager > Grade Center; and you can to Course Management > Evaluation > Performance Dashboard.
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