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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.
So now that our students have completed our test, we need to review their grades. I'm going to switch over to a different course that actually contains some completed and submitted tests. This is going to be the third educational technology course. To view student test results, you need to open up the grade center. And as we've shown you, there are a couple ways to do that. I can click on Grade Center and then click on Full Grade Center and click the light arrow to the right or there's a new view here called Test and it's only going to show me just the test.
Either way it doesn't really matter. They kind of get you into the same place. I'm going to go in and get the full Grade Center though. And I want you to notice that I have two score columns on the far-right side of the grade center, Quiz 1, and Quiz 2. Just like assignments, when you create a test, Blackboard automatically creates the score column for you with the correct points and everything else. And as we saw in an earlier chapter to move these columns somewhere else on the grade center we would choose Manage and then Column Organization. I'm going to skip that.
For most types of Blackboard quizzes Blackboard automatically grades the student's responses and enters a score. That's what we see here in quiz number two. If the test has questions that require manual grading, questions like a short answer essay, or file response question, Blackboard's going to hold off on grading the student's responses until you grade those questions. Remember in the test we created that had sort of a question, I think it was an essay question that said give an example of a classroom activity that blah, blah, blah.
Blackboard can't grade essays, we have to grade them by hand. And that's what this yellow exclamation mark signifies. This test still needs to be graded. So, how do you manually grade student attempts? Well, one way to do it is to click the column header, click the little button with the two downward facing chevrons and then choose either Grade Attempts or Grade Anonymously. Grade Attempts shows you each student. You can then manually grade it. Grade Anonymously shows you the attempts but doesn't show you their name.
It's a kind of a nice way to make sure that you're unbiased in your grading. That's cool, I think there's a better way. Under the Grade Center, if you click on Needs Grading, and then in the top left hand corner, this hidden button everybody overlooks which is called Grade All. If I click on Grade All this is going to open up my first student's test. Now, it turns out the student got that question wrong and that question wrong and the essay.
And there's a dash here in the essay. So I actually have to grade this essay. I'm going to type in the zero that that student deserves. I can go back and change these other scores if I want, if I want to be generous. Not going to be. And I'm going to go to Save and Next. And what I'll do is I'll just go through and grade my student's essay. This student, I'm going to give a ten, even though they just quoted Cicero. Scroll down, Save and Next, and I just keep doing this. Assignment by assignment, test by test, I go in and save.
When I'm done, I can either hit Save and Next, or in this case, I'm going to Save and Exit. I've still got two students that I still need to grade, but we're going to skip them. And if I go back to the full Grade Center now, You're going to see that the student's grades have automatically been calculated. By the way, it's always a good idea to enter zeroes for any students who are missing work. The double dash means that nothing was ever submitted. Don't forget to hit enter, not down arrow. So, I gave that student a zero because that's what they earned.
So quiz two didn't have any manually graded questions. So what we see here are the students' grades automatically calculated by Blackboard. I can still go back and click Grade Attempts and see each student's individual answers. But, that's up to you. I want to show you two other things to check out, and this works in both of these score columns. In the column header, let me get out of this, I'm going to go back here, and in the column header, I'm going to click Attempts Statistics.
What this is going to do is it's going to show you a copy of your quiz With an average score for each question, and answer distributions by percentage. Although I really wish it would display a count, not just percentage. I can print this out and this kind of shows me how my students did on each and every question. When I'm done, I can click on OK. That's been there for a while. But, I also want to show you one new thing. I'm going to go here, and, then I'm going to click not Attempts Statistics, but Item Analysis.
Item Analysis is brand new in service pack 10 and later. I'll let you explore that on your own. But basically it shows you your attempts statistics plus average time, item discrimination and difficulty. So that's how to view your student's test results. There's one more thing I want to show you. If you ever need to reset a student's attempt, for example, if you ignored my warnings and actually checked Force Completion first, shame on you. Then, what you can do, is click the cell for the student's attempt you want to clear.
I might take this student. I have to go to View Grade Details. And then in View Grade Details, I can click on Clear Attempt. You'll have to do that for each student's attempt that you want to reset and have the students go back and retake. One thing to remember though. Make sure that you are clearing the correct attempt. So now that we've graded our students' tests and viewed the attempt statistics, we may find out that we need to go back and change some or all of the test questions or answers.
We made a mistake when we wrote the test. And that's what we're going to fix in our next movie.
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