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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.

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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

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