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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

Personalize your Course List

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Personalize Course List

Personalize Course List

After teaching online for a couple of semesters, faculty may find themselves searching through a long list of coursed to find their most current offerings. Blackboard has devised a solution for the problem, it is called Personalize Course List. With this tool an instructor can arrange their course list by terms and manage the order in which the courses appear.

To access Personalize Course List an instructor needs to log into Blackboard so they can see the Module that contains the course list. In the upper right hand corner of the course list module move your mouse over the area and an icon that looks like a round circle with spike all around will appear. Click on the icon.

Personalize Course List Page

Personalize Course List Page

On the Personalize Course List Page, make sure a check mark appears in the Group by Terms box. All available terms on your system will appear. Moving your mouse over the left side of your term or course listing will make a double headed arrow appear. Click hold and drag the arrow up or down to change the position of the course or term in the list.

If you want the old course to disappear from the list simply un-check the item. Un-checking a term will remove all courses associated with the term from the course list. If you ever need the course to reappear, go back into the personalize course page and recheck the term or course and it will reappear.

After you have completed the arrangement of courses or terms make sure to select the Submit button to activate the changes.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

How to Copy an Item, Learning Modules, or Folder

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One of the things you often hear about creating online courses is the need for consistency. It is easier for students to follow the content if the content modules are similar in layout. This is easy if you use the copy command. You can create an item and get it laid out properly, then copy the item to multiple places within the course. The new copied file content can simply be edited thereby maintaining the format of the document. Items, learning modules, and folders can be copied.

To copy an item:

  • Go to the content area where the item is displayed.
  • Click the Action Link beside the item to reveal the conceptual menu.
  • Select the copy command from the menu.
Copy an Item, Learning Modules, or Folder

Copy an Item, Learning Modules, or Folder

  1. On the copy page the first item displays the destination course where you want the item displayed. This should be the course in which you are copying from.
  2. Item 2 will be the place you want the item displayed in the course. Click Browse to determine the destination folder.
  3. Item 3 is Submit, this will execute the command.

Once the item is copied go to the destination folder you selected and the item will appear. Click the action link beside the item to reveal the contextual menu and select edit to modify the document.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

2014 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 42 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 30, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Posted in BB9 Essentials

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