Welcome back, Faculty!
We hope all of you had a great summer (whether you were on break or teaching). To help start the semester off smoothly, we at Online Learning would like to send a few pieces of information your way.
1. Student Blackboard Tutorial. There is a new student introduction to Blackboard! This tutorial is more streamlined, focusing on the bare essentials like the tools most frequently used in courses. Plus, it produces a certificate that students can present to you as proof that they have completed the tutorial. Please consider asking your students to complete this tutorial during the first week of class. They can find it under their course list titled “CFCC Blackboard Tutorial.”
The tutorial is also available outside of Blackboard sans practice activities and certificate, so take a look to get an idea of what the tutorial covers!
2. Enrollment Verification (EV). As you ready your classes, please make sure that students are pointed to the EV assignment and that the due dates are correct. For the Spring semester, the EV (census) dates are:
For those not familiar with EV, it is a check to make sure students are attending class. Students who do not meet its requirements are marked as No-Shows and withdrawn from the course. You can find a full explanation at the Enrollment Verification page at the Online Learning site.
3. Blackboard Upgrade. And there are some changes that we think you’ll like a lot: SafeAssign is integrated with regular assignments, the test student feature has been replaced with a much better tool called Student Preview, and more. To get you up to speed, Online Learning is offering three training sessions next week:
Times and Locations:
4. Startup Help. Remember, if you encounter any problems with Blackboard during start-up, we can be reached for assistance at 910-362-7772 or email@example.com.
Look for more resources and information from the department of Online Learning in the coming weeks.
Have a great semester!
Blackboard will be undergoing an upgrade on Monday, August 4th, from 12:30am to 12:30pm. During this time, Blackboard will be unavailable.
After the upgrade, you will see some minor changes in the way Blackboard is set up, including the way options for some assessments and tools are organized, the replacement of Test Students with a much easier to use Student Preview option, and the integration of SafeAssign with the regular Assignment tool (allowing you to use inline grading and SafeAssign at the same time). If you have questions about any changes you see or find any problems with the system, please let us know by phone at x7772 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, keep an eye open for an email containing registration information about “What’s New in Blackboard” sessions to help you learn the new features of Blackboard.
We apologize for any inconvenience this downtime may cause you.
Uploading files to your course is a great way to build your course repository and gain easy access to your files or link them to content.
Courses vary in design depending on the instructor, but some common elements exist. Here is an overview of the various options for the course environment.
Add Menu Items includes:
The Grade Center contains student assessment submissions and other grading information for the course. Due to its flexibility, it can be complicated to learn how to manage, so it is strongly suggested that you spend some time working in this area of your course.
The Grade Center includes a row for each student and columns for informational items (name, last access date, etc.), assessments (tests, assignments, graded discussions, etc.), and total columns. The instructor can retrieve student submissions from the Grade Center and apply comments and file attachments, which students can view.
There are many options for viewing your Grade Center (filters and ordering tools). You can hide and show columns, reorder columns, create grade reports and much more.
Before your course starts, it is important for you to verify that your Grade Center is set up correctly. Are all graded items included? Are the columns properly organized? If you use grade weighting, is weighting set up correctly?
Grade Center Overview (pdf)
After you create a course area, such as a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, you create content in it by pointing to its action bar to reveal menus for selecting content items, tests, and links to tools.
Blackboard has an assignment tool that can be used to create graded assignments. This tool also creates a corresponding Grade Center column.
The assignment tool provides students with a link, that when clicked, allows them to attach a document and type in comments. These items will be sent to the Grade Center, where instructors will retrieve and grade them.
Grading Assignments includes: