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Blackboard 9.1 Quiz Results and Feedback to Students

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In order to increase test security, faculty can use Blackboard’s enhanced test results and feedback options under Test Options to:

  • restrict when test results and feedback are shown to students
  • select which results (scores, correct responses, and submitted answers) students can view

By default, students see the test results for any course in the My Grades tool (always available in the My Blackboard menu of the global navigation panel) unless you disable the test results in Test Options or hide the grade column from students.

Possible scenarios for showing test results and feedback:

  • After Submission: Students can see their test results immediately.
  • One-time View: Students can view test results only once, and only after clicking the Save and Submit. If the instructor has turned off all the results, the students will not see any questions.
  • On Specific Date: Students can view test results only after the specified date and time fields.
  • After Due Date: Students can view the test results only after that date.
  • After Availability End Date: Students can view their results after the specified test availability end date.
  • After Attempts Are Graded: If tests include essay questions that must be manually graded by the instructor, students will see the specified results after all the attempts have been graded.

Below are 4 scenarios for setting the test and feedback options for test and exams. Each example will show the Test Results and feedback to students setting and be followed by a view of what the student actually sees once they have submitted the exam.

After Submission with Score per Question Selected

After Submiission and Score Per Question

After Submiission and Score Per Question

One-Time View with No Selections and After Due Date With All Selected

One time view no selections and after due date everything

One time view no selections and after due date everything

After Submission with All Options Selected

after submissiona all

after submissiona all

One-Time View with Score per Question and After Due Date With All Options Selected

One time view score per question and after due date all

One time view score per question and after due date all

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

Learning How to Take VHS Tapes and Archive Their Content

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Video Transfer

Video Transfer

Many instructors have old video tapes that they use to demonstrate various concepts to their students in traditional classrooms. Now that everything is digital they want to transfer that obsolete technology to a usable format. Over the years I have been ask many times about transferring that data into digital format. Yes it is possible, but often I will use it as an opportunity for the instructor to modernize their resources and find up to date material. In some cases that is just not possible. In addition, there is always those old home movies out there that we as parents use to blackmail our kids when they start dating.

At any rate there are several options available to transfer the data. One new option is the Elgato Video Capture System (https://www.elgato.com/en/video/video-capture). This system is a simple Adapter and cable with the necessary software to connect to your VCR and computer to make the transfer. The system works with both Mac and PC and at less than $100, is affordable.

You may also want to check out the c\net tutorial, Learning How to Take VHS Tapes and Archive Their Content (http://vhs-tapes.worthytales.tv/learning-take-vhs-tapes-archive-content/#).

As a quick reminder, please follow all copyright laws when transferring video.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

BlackBoard 9.1 SP 14: Date Management Tool

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The Date Management Tool allows the instructor to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course in one easy location.

To access the Date Management Tool click on the Control Panel> Course Tools section, you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually.

The first step is to decide if you want the system to automatically adjust the previous or current course item dates to new dates. That can be done Using Course Start Date or Adjusting by Number of Days.

You may also choose to List All Dates for Review, this option will list all the dates without making changes. This is a great tool to use if you only want to change a few dates during the semester.

Date Management

Date Management

Use Course Start Date

Use this option when adjusting for new terms. Adjust dates according to the course start date. The Current Start Date displays the date that the course is currently set to start. Change the new start date to reflect when this new course is going to start. All dates in the course adjust by the number of days each date occurs after the start date.

For example if the original course started September 1 with an assignment due September 26—twenty-five days after the start date. If you adjust the new start date to January 12, the assignment is now due February 6—twenty-five days after the new start date.

Using the Use Term Info options allows the instructor to choose the term associated with the course instead of entering start/end dates.

Adjust by Number of Days

Use this option when you know exactly how many days you want to adjust dates by. Type the number of days you want to adjust all dates in the course by. This is based on the dates that are currently set for each item in the course, not today’s date.

Example: On June 1, you adjust dates by 30 days. The assignment that was set to be due September 1 is now due October 1.

Important: Negative numbers move the dates back. Positive numbers move the dates forward.

Items Supported by Date Management

All items with dates are supported by date management, including:

  • Content, such as items, files, and audio.
  • Assessments, such as tests, surveys, and assignments.
  • Tools, such as discussions, blogs, journals, and announcements.
  • Manual grade columns.
  • Course and organization tasks.

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 13, 2015 at 9:00 am

BlackBoard 9.1 SP14: Multiple Attempt Assignments

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Service Pack 14 in Blackboard allows instructors to create multiple attempt assignments and determine which grade is recorded for that Assignments.

In the Option menu under Grading>Submission Details, an instructor can now allow Multiple Attempts at an assignment.

When Selected a Score Attempts Using drop-down menu will appear. The instructor can choose between Last Graded Attempt, Highest Grade, Lowest Grade, First Graded Attempt, and Average of Graded Attempts.

Multiple Attempt Assignments

Multiple Attempt Assignments

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 6, 2015 at 9:00 am

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