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Creating Extra Credit Questions on Exams in Blackboard

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Edit an existing test.

On the Test Canvas screen, click the Question Settings button (top right).

Extra Credit

Extra Credit

On the Test Question Settings screen, scroll to Section 4. Add a check mark to the option, “Provide option to assign questions as extra credit.

Extra Credit Settings

Extra Credit Settings

When finished, click Submit.

Select the test question you want to be extra credit and click the Points box to the right of the screen.

Extra Credit Question

Extra Credit Question

A popup menu will appear. Insert the the point value of the question. Add a check mark to the Extra Credit box and click Submit.

The Points box will display again with the words “(Extra Credit)” as shown below.

Extra Credit Points

Extra Credit Points

 

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 29, 2014 at 9:00 am

Blackboard Tool to find Broken Links

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During the semester start-up, you may find the Broken Links tool a valuable resource for your online classes. This tool checks for broken links to various items in your course. Links may be broken because the path to the item no longer exists, or the file may have been moved, renamed, or deleted. This process checks the content collection for missing files, it does not check your web links to external websites.

On the Control Panel Choose Packages and Utilities> Check Course Links> Ok

Broken Links

Broken Links

Broken items will be displayed with a list to where they were originally located. The Print Preview button will allow you to print out the file list to assist you in tracking down the missing files.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Smart Phones

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Smart Phones

Smart Phones

As many of you are aware the new iPhone is coming out soon. Apple is actually releasing two phones, the iphone 6 and the iphone 6 plus. If you are in the market for a new phone you may be asking what the difference are between the two and what are my other options?

Business Insider has published an article The Key Differences Between The iPhone 6 And The iPhone 6 Plus by Alyson Shontell. This article compares the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.

DroidLife has another article Comparison: iPhone 6 and Plus vs. Galaxy S5 vs. Galaxy Note 4 vs. Moto X vs. G3 vs. One (M8) by Kellex. This site has a nice comparing the different phone in categories’ from price to battery life, weight, displays, and much more.

Finally Adario Strange from Mashable does a comparison in his article iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus vs. the Competition. He compares iphones, Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Lumia 930, and Moto X.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 15, 2014 at 9:00 am

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Customizing the Grade Book: Grading Periods

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It is not uncommon in higher education for faculty to have to report mid-term grades. This can be simple with a little planning. Blackboard Grading Periods is a simple way to accomplish this reporting.

Grading Periods are used to sort Grade Center Columns into sections based on due dates. These sections help manage the Grade Center by associating Grade Columns together so that viewing and reporting can be done based on a Grading Period instead of the entire Grade Center.

It goes without saying that in order for this to work properly, due dates must be set for all activities listed in the grading center.

Create Grading Periods

To get started go to the Full Grade Center> Manage> Grading Periods> Create Grading Period.

  • Add a Name to identify the grading period.
  • Fill out the date range for the columns you want included.
  • Select the Associate Columns option.
  • Submit
Grading Period

Grading Period

To View Grading Periods

  • Return to the full grading center.
  • Select Filter and change the Current View to the Grading Period you want to view.
Current View

Current View

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Textbooks

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Textbooks

Textbooks

Every instructor has struggles with students getting a late start because of textbook prices. Today I would like to share a few resources I have collected for free and inexpensive textbook alternatives. There are a number of sites out there like Merlot (http://www.merlot.org/merlot/index.htm?action=find) and Open Stax (http://openstaxcollege.org/books) that have alternatives to the pricey traditional book publishers.

Although it may be too late to incorporate these resources into this semester, now is the time to start thinking about the future. If you are looking to design a new online class or substitutions to your current course offering, please check out this list alternative solutions for your classroom.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

September 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

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