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Blackboard Glossary

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The Glossary is an often under-utilized blackboard tool that creates a list of terms with definitions for students. One of the major drawbacks to the glossary is keying all the terms. This can be time consuming and tedious work.

Blackboard Glossary

Blackboard Glossary

Recently I came across an article by Barbara Schroeder on the Technology Teacher blog titled, Collaborating in Blackboard: Student-created Glossary. The article explains how she turns this exercise into a collaborative activity for her students. This activity not only helped the students learn the terms but made them feel some ownership with the course.

Basically Ms. Schroeder would share a common document with student and require each student to input one word and definition a week (In the proper format) into the document. The students would include their name at the end of the definition as proof of their participation. After the due date the instructor would save and upload the file to the glossary and assign points for each student’s participation.

This resulted in the continuous improvement of a course glossary that could be used in future courses.

Formatting of the shared document is simple:

  • It must be in TXT or CSV format.
  • Each record must be on a separate line and do not include blank line between records.
  • Each field must be enclosed in double quotation marks.
  • Each field must be separated with one of the following delimiters: comma, colon, or tab.

Record format is as follows: “Term”,”Definition.”

Example:

“Genre (ZHAHN-ruh)”,”a type of literature. We say a poem, novel, story, or other literary work belongs to a particular genre if it shares at least a few conventions, or standard characteristics, with other works in that genre.”

For detailed instructions on creating a course Glossary and uploading a Glossary file, check out the Blackboard Glossary Instructions help page..

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 23, 2015 at 9:00 am

Test Availability Exception

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Providing extended time for exams for students with accommodations just got easier with the new Test Availability Exception in Blackboard 9. Instructors can build their test as usual, but when the test is deployed an additional setting allows the instructor to create exceptions. This option replaces the need for creating a duplicate exam and using adaptive release.

Tests must be deployed to a Content Area before accommodations can be set. Instructors can provide accommodations for the following items:

  • number of attempts
  • time duration
  • availability
  • force completion
  • more than one student can have unique availability exceptions added
Test Availability Exception

Test Availability Exception

Once the test has been deployed in a content area, edit the settings by selecting the action link next to the title of the test. Select “Edit Test Options.”

To add an exception:

  1. Select “Add a User or Group” under the Test Availability Exceptions.
  2. Adjust the AttemptsTimerAvailability and Force Completion settings to suit accommodations.
  3. Press Submit.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

Blackboard Gradebook Tip #57

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Teaching an online course has many advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that content can be moved from semester to semester without having to completely rebuild a course. The instructor can modify the content to keep if fresh, but they do not have to do a total overhaul.

One disadvantage of online learning is moving content from semester to semester. Sometimes this process will make a mess of the gradebook. As content is modified or changed over time, the gradebook will still reflect columns for old assignments and exams.

A simple way to remove unwanted and unused columns is to check the column information. Go to the full grade center and click on the action link in the column header. If the column information only displays Hide Column, that column is associated with a tool in Blackboard such as quiz, assignment or discussion as seen below in Column A Information. This column cannot be deleted. If a column is not associated with a tool, the column will have a delete column option as seen in Column B Information.

Delete a Column

Delete a Column

If the delete Column option is available you can delete the column. (Keep in mind that certain columns may have been manually added without using blackboard tools. These column can be deleted but use caution.)

If a column is associated with a Blackboard tool and you want it gone, you will need to go into the tool and make the assignment non-gradable. Sometimes this will automatically remove the column, other times you will need to go back to the gradebook and manually remove the column as discussed above.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

iPhone ATM PIN code hack- HOW TO PREVENT

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The following video was created by Mark Rober and can be found on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vc-69M-UWk. This video reveals a simple method to help protect your PIN codes and well worth the 3:45 minutes of watch time.


Published on Aug 28, 2014 by Mark Rober for Creativity Design Science.
This is a new way for bad guys to steal your ATM pin code using an iPhone without you noticing at all BUT there is a really simple way to prevent it from happening.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Part 5: Running a Rubric Evaluation Report

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Rubrics Report

Rubrics Report

A rubric evaluation report provides a comprehensive report of statistics for an item that you graded with a rubric. If you want to evaluate a rubric or its use in your course, you can run the report at any point in the grading process.

Rubric Evaluation Report delivers three statistics about the rubric’s use in grading an item.

  • Rubric Overall Performance shows the average total score of all attempts scored using the rubric.
  • Rubric Analysis shows average scores, compared against the possible points, for each criterion.
  • Frequency Distribution shows the distribution of scores across each level of achievement

To Run a Report from the Control Panel

  1. On the Control PanelCourse Tools> Rubrics.
  2. Access the rubric’s contextual menu and select View Associated Content.
  3. Point to the item’s contextual menu and select Rubric Evaluation Report.
  4. On the Run Reports page, select a Format, Start Date, and End Date.
  5. Click Submit.

Run a Report from the Grade Book

  1. On the Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center
  2. Find the column associated with the rubric. Click the contextual menu and select Rubric Evaluation Report.
  3. On the Run Reports page, select a Format, Start Date, and End Date.
  4. Click Submit.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Part 4: Importing and Exporting Rubrics

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So far we have covered creating, associating, and grading with rubrics. Even if you are copy and pasting content from word into the rubrics tool, it can be time consuming if you are creating the same rubric for multiple courses. Blackboard has an export import function to help you share one rubric across many courses. Also if you are using one rubric with minor changes you can also copy a rubric into the same section and modify it to create a whole new rubric.

To Copy a Rubric

  • To copy a rubric go to the course that contains the rubric and go to the Control Panel> Course Tools> Rubric.
  • On the Rubrics page click the action link beside the Rubrics Name and select Copy.
  • A new rubric will appear with Copy of (Name of previous Rubric).
  • Click on the action link beside the copied rubric and select Edit.
  • From the Edit screen you can change the name of the new rubric and modify any of the components.

Export/Import a Rubric

  • To export a rubric go to the course that contains the rubric and go to the Control Panel> Course Tools> Rubric.
  • On the Rubrics page select the checkbox beside the Rubrics Name and click Export.
Rubric1

Rubric1

  • In The Rubric Export Settings window choose your export location and chick Submit.
Rubric2

Rubric2

  • Download the Rubric.

To Import a Rubric

  • After exporting a rubric go to the course that need the rubric and go to the Control Panel> Course Tools> Rubric.
  • On the Rubrics page click Import Rubric.
Rubric3

Rubric3

  • Get your rubrics file from either the content collection or computer. The name will appear under selected file after you have selected it. Click Submit.
  • You can then view the import results. Once you click Ok you will see the rubric in the new course.
Rubric4

Rubric4

Rubric5

Rubric5

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 16, 2015 at 9:00 am

Part 3: Grading with Rubrics

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To grade using the rubrics go to the Full the Grade Center> Find the Discussion Column associated with the rubric and select Grade Users Activities. (If you are grading an assignment select Activities)

When the grade window appears the students posting or assignment will appear in the center column and the grade box will appear on the right side of the screen. A little display box will appear on the right side of the grade box (See Red Arrow), clicking the box will cause the Rubric to open in a new window. You can move the window around the screen to see the student work below.

Discussion Rubric Grade

Discussion Rubric Grade

Clicking the appropriate level of achievement for each criteria will automatically add the points for the student. You may also add comments for each achievement. Once you have completed the grading click save and submit.

When student check their My Grades they can click on View Rubrics to pop open a new window with a detailed report of their grade.

Graded Rubric

Graded Rubric

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

Part 2: Associating a Rubric

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Last week I covered Creating Rubrics, this week I will cover Associating Rubrics with various assignments. To Associate a Rubric with a discussion forum go to

  1. Control Panel> Course Tools> Discussion Board> and click until you see a list of Discussions.
  2. Click on the Contextual menu beside the Forum name and select Edit.
  3. Scroll down to Forum Settings> Associated Rubrics
  4. Click the Add Rubrics> Select Rubrics
  5. Select the appropriate rubrics and click Submit
Associating Rubrics

Associating Rubrics

The Associated Rubrics will give you several options, you can remove, view, or edit the rubric under the Name option. The Type will give you the opportunity to use for grading or for secondary grading. The show rubric to students’ option offers four choices:

  • No does not allow students to view the rubric at any time.
  • Yes (With Rubric Scores) allows students to view the rubric when you make the item available, including possible point or percentage values.
  • Yes (Without Rubric Scores) allows students to view the rubric when you make the item available, but does not include the possible point or percentage values.
  • After Grading allows students to view the rubric only after you have completed grading their submissions.

After the viewing options are set click Submit.

One associated the student can click on the Discussion>Grading Information to view the rubric.

Discussion Rubric

Discussion Rubric

You may also add a rubric from the Gradebook.

  1. Go to the Full Grade Center
  2. Fine the Column associated with the Assignment you want to attach a Rubric.
  3. On the Column Title click the down arrow to reveal the contextual menu and select Edit Column Information.
  4. Scroll down to the grading section to Associated Rubrics
  5. Click the Add Rubrics> Select Rubrics
  6. Select the appropriate rubrics and click Submit
  7. After setting the Associated Rubrics options click Submit.
Associating Rubrics 2

Associating Rubrics 2

Once the Rubric is associated with an assignment, when the student goes to the assignment they will see a View Rubric button to review the rubric.

Assignment Rubric

Assignment Rubric

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

February 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

Part 1: Creating Rubrics

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Rubric

Rubric

A rubric is an evaluation criteria tool that provides students with your expectation for a quality assignments. In Blackboard the rubric can be associated with Assignments, Essay, Blogs and journals, Wikis, and Discussion board forums. The tool can be used by students to understand the requirements for a quality assignment and can help ensure consistent and impartial grading of student work.

This is a five part series:

  • Part 1: Creating Rubrics
  • Part 2: Associating a Rubric
  • Part 3: Grading with Rubrics
  • Part 4: Importing and Exporting Rubrics
  • Part 5: Running a Rubric Evaluation Report

Creating Rubrics

  • On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Rubrics.
  • On the Rubrics page, click Create Rubric.
  • Type a Name for the rubric. The name is the title text that identifies the rubric.
  • A description of the rubric to make it easier to associate it to relevant assignments.
  • Choose a Rubric Type from the drop-down list:
    • No Points: Feedback only.
    • Points: Single point value for each Level of Achievement.
    • Point Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement.
    • Percent: Flexible depending on each assignment’s possible points.
    • Percent Range: Range of values for each Level of Achievement. During the grading process, you select the appropriate percentage level for a particular Level of Achievement and the system calculates the points earned by multiplying the weight x achievement percentage x item points.
  • New rubrics default to three rows and three columns.
  • Edit the rubric grid so it corresponds to the type of feedback and scoring appropriate for the assignment.
  • Click Add Row to add a new criterion at the bottom of the grid.
  • Click Add Column to add a new level of achievement to the grid.
  • Click Edit from a label’s contextual menu to change their names. A label identifies the rows and columns with heading names.
  • Type a point or percentage value for each row.
  • Click Submit.

Each cell has a 1,000-character limit. You can reorder rows and columns by clicking the reordering functions located above the labels.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Add a Test Student to your Online Course

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If you have been using Blackboard 9 for a while you are aware that faculty Student View does not give you a true image of what your student’s experiences. A new building block, Add a Test Student, fixes that problem by allowing instructors to add test student in their class without involving the admin staff.

To add a test student log into the course as instructor. Under the Control Panel click Course Tools> Add Test Student.

Add Test Student

Add Test Student

Blackboard will create a test student using the account name in which you are logged into blackboard and add a “_s.” Choose you own password and select enroll and submit.

To use the account, log out as instructor and log back in under the test student account information.

Removing the Test Student from your course.

When you want to remove the test student, log in as the instructor. Under the Control Panel click Course Tools> Add Test Student> Delete or Unenroll Test Student.

Remove Test Student

Remove Test Student

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

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