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Blackboard 9 Semester Start-up Checklist

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Semester Start-up Checklist

To Do




Copy Content from Old To New Section


Change the Syllabus


Update The Announcements For The New Semester


Reset the Selective Release Information


Hide/Reveal Selected Content


Change all Due Dates


If Using The Calendar, Change The Calendar Due Dates


Check The Grade Book For Unwanted Columns


Check The Discussions For Previous Semester Post


Check Course Menu For Dual Tools


Organize the course list on your iLearn homepage

*For detailed information on performing each of these task, check the page titled BB9 Semester Start-up on the menu to the right of this page.


Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Posted in BB9 Essentials

Learning Opportunity

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Sorry for the late notice, but I just learned about this opportunity.

Dr. Curtis Bonk, professor of instructional systems technology at the Indiana University School of Education, will deliver a five-week, free and open Internet course about teaching online, titled Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success. The class starts on April 30th and goes until June 4, 2012.

Course Objectives:
•Identify and apply relevant motivational strategies and instructional techniques
•Construct thinking skill options for different types of learners and subjects
•Design and share innovative thinking skill activities as well as unique cooperative learning
•Map and apply instructional models and ideas to online learning tools

If anyone is interested, you can register at http://events.blackboard.com/open?elqCampaignId=1605.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 26, 2012 at 2:52 pm

BB9 Converting Points to Letter Grades

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BB9 Creating a Letter Grade

A faculty member can create a letter grade easily in BB9, but it is a two-step process. The first step is to define the letter grade schema, then attach the schema to a grade column.

Step 1: Create a Letter Grade Schema

  1. Go to the full grade center
  2. Click Manage > Grading Schemas
  3. You should see a Grading Schema called Letter; you need to make a copy of “Letter” so you can modify it for your new schema. To do this click the action link on the right side of the word letter and click “Copy”Grading Schemas
  4. A new schema will appear with the same name and the number 2 > Click the action link beside the new schema and click edit. You will see the following schema.Edit Grading Schema
  5. You can now edit the name and grading scheme.
    New Grading Schema
  6. Click Submit to save the schema. Your new schema will now appear in the grading schema.

Step 2: Attach a Schema to a Grade Column

  1. Go to the full grade center and find the column to which you want to add the schema. In this case I want to add it to the “Total” column.
  2. Select the action link in the Total column header and select Edit Column Information
    Add Schema
  3. In the Edit Total Column window under the Secondary Display click the down arrow and select the new schema title

    Secondary Display

  4. Back in the Full Gradebook the total column will now display a letter grade beside the total points.
    Total Letter

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm


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Hi folks,

Recently I found a fun tool that you may find interesting, a date calculator. If you are interested in finding out how many seconds, minutes, hours, days, or years between two dates this online calculator is for you. You can access the calculator at http://www.timeanddate.com/date/duration.html.

The site includes other cool tools such as a world clock, time zone converter, calendars, weather forecast, and count down clocks. You can see it all at http://www.timeanddate.com/.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

April 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

Posted in Cool Finds

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