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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.
To view the results of a students' test, go to the Grade Center, find the column, and well, there are the results. In this case, this needs grading. But if it were something that didn't need grading, it was all true/false questions or all multiple-choice question or all questions that were graded by Blackboard, I can see the score here. Now if you have an essay, a short answer, or a file response question you are going to have to grade these by hand, those parts of the questions. One of the easiest ways to do this is you could go here and click on Practice Test, but I want to scroll down.
I want to show you something that instead of clicking Grade Center and clicking the greater than signs on the right, I am actually going to expand the Grade Center. There is a tool here called Needs Grading. Anytime there's something on your Grade Center that you need to grade, the Needs Grading shows up and I have the ability now to start grading. Now, I want to show you something here. I can grade all the users. When I click that, it's going to open up the first student's paper.
I get to see who the student is. I get to read that student's paper. Or I could choose Grade Anonymously. What that's going to do is it's going to show me one at a time the students' answers, the students' tests, but it's not going to show me the student's name. It's actually just going to show me a number for the student like Student 8 or Student 12. That way I'm being sort of impartial in my grading. I can also Grade by Question or View by Attempts.
In this case, I'm actually going to grade all users. I click on that. I am going to scroll down. I can if I want to overwrite what Blackboard says. If I decide that I'm going to allow that answer, I can go in and enter a new point value here. That's perfectly fine. It doesn't count until I click on Submit. So you have the ability to overwrite or change individual scores. You can't change the answers, but you can change whether or not the students get points for it. I am going to scroll down and there is my essay and I'll type "Thank you Cicero" and scroll up.
And now I have to enter a grade. If you see a dash here, dash in the Grade Center always means that you need to enter a grade. It's missing a grade. I am going to give it a grade of 1, because it's out of 1 points. By the way, could I give it a higher grade? Sure! I can give it the grade of 1,000 if I wanted to. Of course, it's going to completely blow the students grades on Blackboard, because they are going to get the extra points and those extra points will actually count in their final grades. So be very, very careful when you enter grades to make sure that you're entering them in the right scale.
I am going to scroll down, give the feedback. I can also give some extra notes to the students. This is notes not on the essay, but rather on the test itself. I can have feedback to the users or I can do frading notes. When I click on Submit, it would now take me to the next student that I needed to grade. In this case, there's no one else who needs to be graded. By the way, notice I actually didn't enter a grade for the quiz score. I just entered it for that particular item.
If I go back to the Grade Center, you will notice that Jayden's practice test now has 2 points, because I gave him some extra points. I gave him 1 extra point on that first question and then I also gave him a point for the answer at the end. So that's why the Practice Test is worth 2 points here. Let me also show you a couple other things that you might want to know about. That's how to view the test results for a single student or to change their grades. But I want to show you something else.
If I go and click the column header and click the button with the two downward-facing chevrons, I want you to notice that there are a lot of options here. Again, Grade Attempts, Grade Anonymously. It's the same thing we saw when we went to Needs Grading under Grade Center. But I want you to notice here there's also something here called Attempts Statistics. This gives me a report that shows me the answers and the distribution of how the students in my class answered each and every question.
It's not going to give me a graph. It's also not going to show it to me it in raw score. In other words, it's going to say 100% of my students answered question one incorrectly or answered this, the Effective component. Second, it will tell me what the number is. I have to do the math to figure that one out. Scroll down a little further and I can see all the results. This is something you might want to think about downloading or saving or printing on your computer if you're interested in seeing how your students did on your tests. I am going go back to the Grade Center.
I want to show you one other thing. Click on Practice Test. I also have the ability to download the results. The Download Results is actually going to give me a file that I can then open up in a statistics program. It's helpful if you want to analyze responses in a much more in-depth robust way in a stats program like SPSS or SAS. So if I click on Download Results, I can then say okay, I want Tab. I want By User.
Click the Download Results. Let me just open this and I will show you what it looks like. Again, we get that message saying, now this is an XLS file, but it sure looks like a tab-delimited file. Yeah, we know that, and it gives me the username, the last name. It shows me each question. It gives me the answers. I can then go into a stats program and clean this up, recode this, and do some advanced statistics on this if I'm interested. That in a nutshell is what you need to know about test grades in Blackboard.
When you create a test it automatically creates a Test column. If your test contains questions that Blackboard grades, the grades here are going to be automatic. You can just go into Practice Test or the name of the column, click on the button, and you can then see the Attempts Statistics or Download Results. If there's anything in a test that you need to grade, if it has an essay or short answer or a file response, you can then in the column header either go and Grade Attempts, Grade Anonymously, or down here under Grade Center you can click on Needs Grading.
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