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Frequently Asked Questions (Faculty)

Course Menu

How do I rearrange the course menu items?

How do I add items to the Course Menu?

How do I hide or remove items from the menu?

Why are so many of the menu items hidden within the Student view?


Content Collection

What is the Content Collection?

What is a Shared Location or WebDAV?


Assignments

Can Students submit an Assignment through Blackboard multiple times?

How do I determine how a Multiple Submission Assignment is graded within the Grade Center?

Can I grade Assignments anonymously?

Why should I set Due Dates when creating an Assignment?

Can I set an Assignment to be submitted by a Group of Students?

How do I access the Assignments submitted by the Students to grade them?


Discussions Area

How do I create Discussions on the Discussion Board?

Is it possible to prevent students from reading each other’s Discussion Postings until all students have posted?

How can I control the availability of a Discussion Forum?

Is there a way for Students and even myself as the Instructor to know when someone has posted to the Discussion Board?

Why would I want to allow my students to subscribe to forums?


Grade Center

Why should I set Due Dates when creating columns in the Grade Center or in assignment areas?

Can Students see the Instructor Notes entered into the Comments or Grade Details section of the Grade Center?

What are Secondary Display in the grading area and will students see these?
What are Categories in a Grade Column?

If I have Students submit Assignments through Blackboard, can I enter the grades for those assignments directly into the Grade Center or should I use enter grades in Grade Details?

Why would I need to Exempt a Student from a particular Grade Center item?

Can I download the Grade Center and upload grades back into the Grade Center?

Why doesn’t the Total Column reflect the grades I just uploaded into the Grade Center from my Excel/Numbers document?

Can I grade individual test questions anonymously?

Can I grade all tests anonymously?


Groups

Can Students create and organize Groups within my course?

Can I randomly assign Students to Groups?

Can I empower Students to self-select into Groups as opposed to adding Students to the Groups myself?

Where do I go to Manage Groups once I create them?

Can I rearrange or reassign students to groups once they have been assigned to a group?

Do I need to add myself as the Instructor to each group?


Content Area

What is a Learning Module?

What is a Blackboard Mashup?

Can Students add Mashups to Assignments, Discussions, Wikis, and Blogs?


Assessments

What is the Self and Peer Assessment Tool in Blackboard? Can theybe used for Grading purposes?

Where is the Test Manager?

Can I allow students the opportunity for multiple attempts on a test?

How does Blackboard know which test attempt to include in grading?


Adaptive Release

What is Adaptive Release?

If I have a student who misses an exam, can I release the exam or a variation on that exam to that student without other students seeing it?


Notifications

What is the Notifications Dashboard?

What are course links and can I use them in Announcements?


Wikis, Blogs, and Journals

What are blogs and can I grade them?

If a Private Journal is set to include All Course Members does that mean the students can see each other’s private entries?

What is a wiki?

What are some of the benefits to using wikis?

What, if any, considerations should be made when making the decision to use wikis?
Why am I unable to add a Wiki to my course site?

Can Wikis be graded?

Can I allow other students to see and comment on wikis to which they are not members?

Is it possible to recover Wiki content that another student has removed?


Miscellaneous

Where do I upload my profile picture?

What all things can I do in making announcements for my students?

My profile picture looks stretched. How can I fix it?

How do I make my Course Available?

Course Menu FAQs

How do I rearrange the course menu items?
Blackboard 9.1 has web 2.0 technology built-in that allows you to do certain tasks like rearranging course items. To move items on your course menu, hover your mouse over the gray arrow icon to the left of your course menu items. Your mouse will turn into a double-arrow that when clicked allows you to reorder items by sliding them up and down.


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Course Menu

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How do I add items to the Course Menu?

The first thing to do in order to enable the ability to add items to the Course Menu is to select the Edit Mode button located at the far right hand side of the page to ON. Once Edit Mode is ON, a + button will appear in the top left hand corner of the Course Menu. Simply click on this button to review a list of items that can be added to the menu. Then select the item and complete the requested information fields. To ensure the students can access the item, make sure the Available to Users box is checked before clicking Submit.


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Course Menu

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How do I hide or remove items from the course menu?
By default, Content Areas that are empty are hidden from the Students. If an Instructor wishes to hide an area from the Students but not delete it, click on the Action link button (chevron sign) next to the item to be hidden and select Hide Link from the resulting menu. If an Instructor would like to completely remove an item from the menu, click on the Action link button (chevron sign) next to the item to be removed. From the resulting menu, select Delete.


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Course Menu

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Why are so many of the menu items hidden within the Student view?
Blackboard 9.1 automatically hides any menu item that is empty. To reveal menu items that are empty, simply add content to them. Once content is added the option to “Hide Link” becomes available in the Action Link menu for that menu item if you wish to hide the item and show it at a later date.


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Course Menu

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Content Collection FAQs

What is the Content Collection?
New to Blackboard 9.1, the Content Collection provides instructors with the ability to upload files either through browsing or by drag and drop; organize files and folders; and search content directly within a file storage area associated with each course.
Packaged (zipped) file folders are now automatically unpackaged when uploaded to Content Collections. Blackboard 9.1 also versions documents to avoid file duplication. Once uploaded into the Course Content Collection, files are available for use within Content Areas within the course. Conversely, if a file is uploaded directly into a Content Area it can be accessed from within the Course Content Collection.


Flash Video Upload Files to Content Collection

Flash Video Create Folders in Content Collection

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What is a Shared Location or WebDAV?
Blackboard 9.1 allows an Instructor to create a virtual connection to the Content Collection within a course. This virtual connection allows an Instructor to easily transfer files from their desktop/laptop directly into the Content Collection in Blackboard. Opening the virtual connection also allows the Instructor to accomplish tasks, such as editing the Syllabus without needing to re-upload and re-link the file (provided the file is not renamed).

To learn more about creating a Shared Location to your Course Content Collection, go to the Content Collection area within your course and select the Setup Shared Location option. Simply follow the instructions for creating the WebDAV connection. This feature works on both Mac and PC.


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Assignments FAQs

Can Students submit an Assignment through Blackboard multiple times?
The Assignment Tool in Blackboard 9.1 now provides Instructors with the option to Allow Multiple or Unlimited Submission Attempts. This is a great addition particularly when an Instructor wishes to grade individual portions of an assignment separately but average the items together to create the final grade. To create an Assignment that allows for multiple submissions, select the Number of Attempts option desired under Option 4 Availability in the Assignment Tool setup. Options include: Allow single attempt; Allow unlimited attempts, and Number of attempts (a field provided here allows the Instructor to determine or limit the attempts).


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Creating Assignments

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How do I determine how a Multiple Submission Assignment is graded within the Grade Center?
The grade center will show the green exclamation point icon whenever there is an ungraded attempt for a multiple attempt assignment. Click the drop-down menu beside the exclamation point and select "View Grade Details". This will allow you to see the number of attempts and the associated grades. Please remember that final grades for multiple assignment attempts are based on the grade of the last attempt.


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Grading Assignments


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Can I grade Assignments anonymously?
Yes. The Grade Anonymously option is a new feature in Blackboard 9.1 for both Assignments and Tests. Once in the Grade Center, click on the Action Link Button (chevron sign) next to the Assignment or Test column name. From the resulting menu, select Grade Anonymously. This option will take the Instructor to a view of Grade Details where students are identified by numbers and displayed in no particular order.
Important: Grade Anonymously assumes that the students used the Text Editor to compose and submit the Assignment. It is important to note that if students submitted the assignment as documents identified with their name, the grading of those documents will obviously no longer be anonymous.


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Grading Assignments


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Why should I set Due Dates when creating an Assignment?
Setting Due Dates within Blackboard provides visual cues for both the Instructor and Students regarding Assignment status. Assignments that have come past due or are submitted after the due date are identified as Late in the To Do module for students and in the Needs Attention and Alerts modules for Instructors. Due Dates also appear in My Grades for Students and can be used by Instructors to generate various Reports, make grading decisions, etc.


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Creating Assignments


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Can I set an Assignment to be submitted by a Group of Students?
The Assignment Tool in Blackboard 9.1 now allows the Instructor to restrict access to an Assignment to members of a Group thus accomplishing a true “Group Grade”. Setting the Assignment Recipients to a Group means that
One member of the group may submit the assignment on behalf of all the students in that group. (If multiple attempts are selected, other students may also submit parts of the assignment as well.)
All members of the Group receive the same grade for the paper/items submitted for that assignment. (This can be modified by the Instructor if a individual performance within the group is being taken into account.)
If a Group Grade is not desired, an assignment may still be released to a specified group of students using Adaptive Release. In either case, Groups must be created first.


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Creating Assignments


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How do I access the Assignments submitted by the Students to grade them?
Submitted Assignments can be accessed through the Grade Center. Once in the Grade Center, click on the Action Link Button (chevron sign) next to the Assignment column name. From the resulting menu there are three possible options:

  • Grade Anonymously (New)
  • Grade Attempts
  • Assignment File Download

 

PDF Grading Assignments


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Discussions Area FAQs

How do I create Discussions on the Discussion Board?
To create a Discussion Board Forum you will first need to add the Discussions tool link to your course menu. Click on the Discussions tool and you will have the ability to click on the Create Forum button. You will then enter in all the required field information and settings for your forum, then click Submit. A green success prompt will then display on the Discussions page when your new discussion forum has been properly added to the course.


Flash Video Create Discussion Forum


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Is it possible to prevent students from reading each other’s Discussion Postings until all students have posted?
Yes. The process is called Force Moderation. During the process of creating a forum, select the Force Moderation of Posts check box under Forum Settings.
If the forum has already been created, select the Discussion Forum you wish to modify. Then click the Action Link menu (chevron sign) next to the forum and select Edit. Scroll to Forum Settings and select the Force Moderation of Posts checkbox. Once Moderated, Students will receive messages indicating that their posting was received, but they will be unable to read the messages of their peers until the instructor publishes them.


Flash Video Change Discussion Forum Settings


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How can I control the availability of a Discussion Forum?
There are numerous ways to control the availability of a Discussion Forum. The first and most common way is to set Availability Dates under Forum Availability. This option will display the Discussion Forum after a specific date and/or until a specific date. The second, less common method is to apply Adaptive Release to the Discussion Forum. Adaptive Release is only available on a Forum that is accessed from within a Content Area.


Flash Video Change Discussion Forum Settings


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Is there a way for Students and even myself as the Instructor to know when someone has posted to the Discussion Board?
Yes. During the creation of a Discussion Forum, there is an option to Allow members to subscribe to forums. Selecting this option along with the option to Include link to post works quite well. Once Subscriptions are turned on, a Subscribe button will appear in the forum itself. Simply click on the Subscribe button to receive email notifications when someone posts to the forum. Note: We highly discourage the use of the Include body of post in the email option as it takes the posting outside of the secured Blackboard environment. See the Adding Forums and the Creating Subscriptions tutorials found in the Help Tab under Discussion Boards for more information.


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Create a Discussion Board Forum


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Why would I want to allow my students to subscribe to forums?
The subscribe option is for students or instructors to receive an email when new postings are posted in a forum or thread. The email could include the body of the post or just a link to the post in the email, depending on the settings selected.

The subscribe feature could be an excellent setting to utilize in an “Ask Your Professor” forum for the instructor to receive an email when students post new questions. Another use would be for students to utilize in an instructor’s “Tips, Tricks, & Additional Resources” forum to be notified when new information is posted. Depending on how postings are done in your discussion forum, students who have individual threads for each of their own original postings might want to have the ability to subscribe to their own thread to know when another student replies to them.


PDF Create a Discussion Board Forum


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Grade Center FAQs

Why should I set Due Dates when creating columns in the Grade Center or in assignment areas?

The Due Date is pretty important in Blackboard, since it's used by the Notification system to fill in the "To Do" module for students to know when an upcoming test/assignment/etc. is going to be due (or is past due).  The Notification system also uses the Due Date to fill in the instructor's Alerts module that lets them know when students have tests or assignments that are past due.

Due dates are actually attached to the grade center column, not necessarily the test or assignment itself, so even things that are not submitted through Blackboard but which have a grade assigned can have a due date that can be utilized by the Notification system.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


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Can Students see the Instructor Notes entered into the Comments or Grade Details section of the Grade Center?
Instructor Notes placed in the Grade Details section are NOT visible to the students. Comments, or feedback to users , are specifically designed for instructors to provide feedback to students.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


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What are Secondary Display in the grading area and will students see these?
The secondary display options give an instructor the ability to see a grade in a different format within the Grade Center. Only the instructor can see the secondary display. The options for a secondary display are: None, Letter Grade, Complete/Incomplete, and Percentage, which will be designated in the Grade Center by showing in parenthesis beside the primary display.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


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What are Categories in a Grade Column?
A Grade Center Category is a classification of Grade Center Columns. Categories are used to organize and view Grade Center data and can be used when creating Calculated Columns to perform operations on all Grade Columns in a Category. An individual Grade Column in the Grade Center can be assigned to a specific Grade Center Category.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


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If I have Students submit Assignments through Blackboard, can I enter the grades for those assignments directly into the Grade Center or should I use enter grades in Grade Details?
Yes, Instructors may enter grades directly into the grade center. However, using the grade details area allows instructors to view file attachments and other information related to the submission of the student.


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Entering Grades in the Grade Center


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Why would I need to Exempt a Student from a particular Grade Center item?
Instructors can Exempt students from any grade item in the Grade Center. Certain considerations in course allow for grade exemptions, such as: students that transfer to a school, add a course late, drop a course, or require other accommodations. Exempted items are not added into any statistical or total grade calculations.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


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Can I download the Grade Center and upload grades back into the Grade Center?
To eliminate double entry of Grade Center data in several tools, Instructors can do off-line grading, and then import grades into Grade Center. Instructors can upload grades from external sources such as an Excel spreadsheet or a Comma-separated Value file. Data must be formatted very specifically to upload correctly and be synched with existing Grade Center data.
Warning: Columns that are added to the Grade Center from an external file are added as text columns with points possible equaling zero (0). Text columns can not be included in Calculated Columns such as Weighted Grade, Total Points, Average Grade, and Minimum/Maximum grades. Convert text columns to other columns types and add points possible by modifying the column after the upload.


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Exporting Grade Center to Excel


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Why doesn’t the Total Column reflect the grades I just uploaded into the Grade Center from my Excel/Numbers document?
Columns that are added to the Grade Center from an external file are added as text columns with points possible equaling zero (0). Text columns can not be included in Calculated Columns such as Weighted Grade, Total Points, Average Grade, and Minimum/Maximum grades. Convert text columns to other columns types and add points possible by modifying the column after the upload.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)

To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Can I grade individual test questions anonymously?
You may choose to grade tests anonymously to ensure impartial evaluation of student work. Grading anonymously allows you to remain objective and not unduly influenced by a Student's behavior or previous performance. Grading anonymously can contribute to the student-faculty relationship because Students are assured that grading was unbiased.
When grading anonymously, all identifying information is hidden and attempts appear in random order. Each Student is assigned a number, such as Student 8.

To grade anonymously from the Needs Grading page:

  1. Click a test attempt's Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Test page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Center:
  1. In the test's column heading, click the Action Link to access the contextual menu.
  2. Select Grade Anonymously. The Grade Test page appears.

To grade anonymously from the Grade Test page:
  1. On the Action Bar, click Hide User Names.
  2. Click OK. If grading was in progress, any unsaved changes to the open attempt are lost. The Grade Test page refreshes and all identifying information is hidden.


PDF Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Can I grade all tests anonymously?
Yes. The Grade Anonymously option is a new feature in Blackboard 9.1 for both Assignments and Tests. Once in the Grade Center, click on the Action Link Button (chevron sign) next to the Assignment or Test column name. From the resulting menu, select Grade Anonymously. This option will take the Instructor to a view of Grade Details where students are identified by numbers and displayed in no particular order.
Important: Grade Anonymously assumes that the students used the Text Editor to compose and submit the Assignment. It is important to note that if students submitted the assignment as documents identified with their name, the grading of those documents will obviously no longer be anonymous.


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Getting Started with the Grade Center (Official Blackboard Document)


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Groups FAQs

Can Students create and organize Groups within my course?
Students are unable to create and organize groups. The course instructor has the ability to let students sign up for groups using the sign-up sheet, but otherwise groups are controlled by the instructor.


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Getting Started in Groups (Official Blackboard Document)


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Can I randomly assign Students to Groups?
Yes. The Blackboard Groups tool has the option for instructors to randomly enroll their students into group sets. There is an option under Create Group Set for random enroll, from this area you can determine how many groups will be created and how the students will be distributed amongst the groups.


PDF Creating Groups


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Can I empower Students to self-select into Groups as opposed to adding Students to the Groups myself?
Yes. Within the Blackboard Groups tool instructors have the option of creating single or multiple groups for students. Once the groups are created and their options set, students will then use a sign-up sheet to enroll themselves into an existing group.

 

PDF Creating Groups


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Where do I go to Manage Groups once I create them?
To manage groups in Blackboard, you will need to access the Users and Groups section under the instructor Control Panel and select Groups. From this area you have the ability to edit groups that already exist, create new groups, and another administrative functions for groups.


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Can I rearrange or reassign students to groups once they have been assigned to a group?
Yes. Accessing the Groups area under the Control Panel allows you to have full control over group enrollments. You also have the ability to become a member of a group without manually adding yourself to the group.


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Do I need to add myself as the Instructor to each group?
That is not necessary. Instructors and even Teaching Assistants have the ability to view activity within groups without actually being added to the group.


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Content Area FAQs

What is a Learning Module?
Learning Modules are a method for presenting course materials in a linear fashion, with a table of contents and the ability to control the release of the material one screen/item at a time. It embraces the idea of “chunking” information, and can contain all types of content, such as text, graphics, multimedia and assessment tools. Content within a Learning Module is added and managed just like content in a Content Area/folder.

You can also add folders and sub folders to a Learning Module to provide a hierarchical structure. Folders and sub folders provide an outline view that is displayed in the Table of Contents for the module. The Table of Contents allows you to present content in a structured manner. Folders and Sub folders within Learning Modules have the same properties as other Folders and Sub folders found in Blackboard courses. Learning Modules can be viewed sequentially or non-sequentially. If sequential viewing is enforced, students view the Learning Module in the order in which the items are listed. Students cannot advance to a page within the unit without having viewed the previous page. If sequential viewing is not enforced, items in the Learning Module may be viewed in any order from the Content page.


Flash Video Building Learning Modules


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What is a Blackboard Mashup?

Mashups allow Instructors to quickly embed external media into a Blackboard course. Mashups are added as a Content Item in a folder or added through the Text Editor available within most course content areas.

The three different mashups currently available are:

Flickr - site that provides photographic images - many images are licenced under Creative Commons and can be used in courses to enhance content.
PDF Flickr Mashup



Slideshare - a site for viewing and sharing presentations, documents and PDF documents that can be used to augment learning materials.
PDF Slideshare Mashup



YouTube - site for viewing and sharing online videos. Many of the videos can be incorporated into courses to enhance discussions and to provide alternate points of view.
PDF YouTube Mashup

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Can Students add Mashups to Assignments, Discussions, Wikis, and Blogs?
Absolutely. The Text Editor available within each of the areas mentioned includes a media toolbar. This toolbar allows students to add images, audio, and video content to the posting. The Mashup icon allowing students to add Flickr, Slideshare, and YouTube videos can also be found within the media toolbar.
If Students are producing multimedia presentations for a course and posting them to YouTube, the Mashups tool would be a great way for the students to share the presentation with the class or to even submit the presentation via the Assignment tol for grading. This would be timesaving for the Instructor who otherwise might need to go searching YouTube to find the video.


PDF Flickr Mashup


PDF Slideshare Mashup


PDF YouTube Mashup


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Assessments FAQs

What is the Self and Peer Assessment Tool in Blackboard? Can they be used for Grading purposes?
The Self and Peer Assessment tool is designed to facilitate the objective, analytical and comprehension skills of student by providing students with the opportunity to review the work of their peers. The tool allows for the creation of an exercise composed of a variety of questions and criteria that engage the students in reflective and evaluative processes. Students can evaluate text, images, and digital based information as well.

Each Self and Peer Assessment activity created also creates a corresponding column in the Grade Center. Self and Peer Assessment activities are essentially accomplished in three steps. Students submit the assignment. Students then Evaluate each submission as assigned. The Instructor can check in at any time, but it is in Viewing the Results where the grading option becomes available.


PDF Self and Peer Assessment


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Where is the Test Manager?
With the elimination of the Control Panel, access to the Test Manager is now accomplished within the Course Management area. Click on Course Tools under the Course Management area and select Tests, Surveys, and Pools. From there select Tests and Build Test. From there the creation of the test is similar to the process used in previous versions of Blackboard.


To learn more about Blackboard, visit the Faculty Resources page.

Can I allow students the opportunity for multiple attempts on a test?
Yes. During the process of deploying the test, Multiple Attempts can be set under Test Availability. The options include: Allow Unlimited Attempts or allow a set Number of Attempts.
When Students take a test allowing Multiple Attempts, they receive a prompt indicating they have already taken the test and asking them if they wish to take it again. In the case where the Number of Attempts is limited, once the attempt limit is reached, Students are informed that there are no remaining attempts.


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Edit Test Options

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How does Blackboard know which test attempt to include in grading?
Where Multiple Attempts are allowed, it is necessary for the Instructor to “tell” Grade Center how the attempts will be graded. This is accomplished from within the Edit Column Information area for the test column within Grade Center. In Column Information under Score Attempts Using, the grading options include:

  • Grade of Last Attempt
  • Grade of Highest Attempt
  • Grade of Lowest Attempt
  • Grade of First Attempt
  • Average of Attempt Grades

PDF Grading Assessments


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Adaptive Release FAQs

What is Adaptive Release?
Adaptive release allows instructors and course designers to release course content based on rules that they create; in other words, you can control what content is made available to which students and under what conditions they are allowed to see it. Rules can be created for individuals or groups, based on criteria related to date, time, assessment scores or attempts, and the review status of other items in the course.

 

PDF Set Adaptive Release on Tests

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If I have a student who misses an exam, can I release the exam or a variation on that exam to that student without other students seeing it?
Yes. Similiar to Blackboard Vista, once you’ve created and deployed the exam, simply click the Action link button (chevron sign) next to the exam title and select Adaptive Release. Creating a Membership rule will mean that only the student mentioned in the rule will be able to access the exam.


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Set Adaptive Release on Tests

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Notifications FAQs

What is the Notifications Dashboard?
The Notifications Dashboard is a new feature in Blackboard 9.1. Aimed at increasing communications and workflow efficiency within Blackboard, the Notifications Dashboard is divided into Student Notifications and Instructor Notifications. The data presented within Notifications are aggregated from all courses and organizations for which an Instructor is teaching or a Student is participating.
Instructor Notifications include the Needs Attention and Alerts modules.
Student Notifications include the To Do and What’s New modules.
While the default modules cannot be removed, Instructors and Students are encouraged to Edit Notifications Settings to personalize how they receive information from Blackboard.


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Notifications Dashboard for Faculty

PDF Notifications Dashboard for Students

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What are course links and can I use them in Announcements?
Course links are items created within a course that are linked to other items that already exist on the left menu within a Blackboard course. The Announcement Tool has an optional area that will allow an instructor to link items to an announcement.


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Create Announcements

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Wikis, Blogs, and Journals FAQs

What are blogs and can I grade them?
Yes, blogs can graded. When creating individual and/or group blogs, click the option to Create Grade Book Entry for this blog. Type an Entry Name and Points Possible. Then, select Yes or No for display grade to students.
The complexity in setting blogs to be graded is that the Points Possible should represent the cumulative points possible for all the blog entries posted by the student. Students just need to be made aware that the grade they see for the Blog will change during the semester to reflect the weekly postings.
For example: If the expectation is that students post every week of the semester and that each post is worth a maximum of 10 points, then the cumulative points possible would be 100. If the Instructor is grading weekly, then the grade displayed to the Student in My Grades will change weekly until the final posting is graded.

 

PDF Create Blogs and Journals

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If a Private Journal is set to include All Course Members does that mean the students can see each other’s private entries?
Actually, no. Setting the Journal to private but including All Course Members means that each student can only see their own postings but the instructor can see the postings from all students in one location instead of needing to visit separate blogs.
If private journal entries are being graded, setting the journal to include All Course Members will create one Grade Center column within which the Instructor can add the student’s grades.

 

PDF Create Blogs and Journals

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What is a wiki?
A wiki within Blackboard is a page or set of pages that can be collaboratively edited by the instructor and by the students enrolled in the class. It is one of the few tools available within Blackboard that allows students to add content to a Blackboard course site. Students can edit and add pages, image, and links. A log of all changes is kept so it is easy to keep track of a given page’s editorial history and of students’ editing activity.

 

PDF Create Wikis


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What are some of the benefits to using wikis?
The nature of Wikis means they offer a number benefits relating to learning and teaching applications:

  1. Wikis are extremely flexible allowing any site structure to be created.
  2. Wikis can be used in classroom based, hybrid, and online courses.
  3. Wiki functionality makes them ideal for collaborative writing applications and knowledge bases that can be utilized across sections, terms and courses.
  4. Wiki integration into the curriculum assist in transferring from instructor-centered to learner-centered educational opportunities.
  5. Enables web publishing without knowledge of HTML or use of special web development tools.
  6. Enables faculty to track who contributed what and when.

 

PDF Create Wikis


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What, if any, considerations should be made when making the decision to use wikis?
There are a few disadvantages that you may want to take into consideration before utilizing this tool in your courses:

  • Using a wiki does involve learning about acceptable editing practices (e.g. how to deal with conflicting opinions).
  • Managing a wiki can require significant time commitments from faculty and/or student moderators as page edits should be closely monitored at the beginning of the project/assignment.
  • A wiki has no predefined structure to guide new users and visitors can find navigating a wiki difficult (a hypermedia content page and/or search tool would assist with this issue.)
  • Intellectual Property ownership and copyright of Wiki pages can be contentious unless clear policies are in place.

Note: If wikis will be graded some form of grading matrix, such as a rubric, should be in place and available to the students prior to the start of the assignment.

 

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Why am I unable to add a Wiki to my course site?
If you are adding content to a course but the Campus Pack Wiki is not an option within the Add Interactive Tool menu, it will be necessary to activate it. To activate the Wiki Tool, click on Customization in the Course Management area. From the resulting menu options select Tool Availability. Find the Campus Pack Wiki tool and check the box under Available in Content Area. Click [Submit] to apply the selection.

 

PDF Create Wikis


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Can Wikis be graded?
Yes. When creating wikis, click the option to Create Grade Book Entry for this wiki. Type an Entry Name and Points Possible. Then, select Yes or No for display grade to students.
The complexity in setting wikis to be graded is that the Points Possible should represent the cumulative points possible for all the contributions by the student. Students just need to be made aware that the grade they see for the wiki may change during the semester to reflect grading milestones or cumulative assignments. The development and implementation of a rubric is highly recommended when grading work completed within a wiki, particularly when group work is involved.

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Can I allow other students to see and comment on wikis to which they are not members?
Yes. In the Non-member Settings area in the wiki setup, select the setting(s) most appropriate for the goal of the wiki. Options include:

  • Allow non-members to view the wiki.
  • Allow non-members of the wiki to: Read Comments, Write Comments, Delete Comments


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Is it possible to recover Wiki content that another student has removed?
Wikis are inherently built on trust, since all participants can edit all content. That means that it is possible for anyone in the group to edit or even delete other group member's contributions. Theoretically, it is possible for a user to delete all pages within a wiki, inadvertently or not. Fortunately, recovering content is simple.
To restore a page to a previous version, go to that page, and click on history in the page section of the gray task bar on the right. This will bring up a list of all the saved versions of the page, identifiable by date and time, and by user name.

 

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Miscellaneous FAQs

Where do I upload my profile picture?
In Blackboard you are able to upload a picture into the My Places section by going to: Personal Information --> Personalize My Place -->Avatar image. Please make certain your picture file is not larger than 150 by 150 pixels. Please note that no one other than yourself can see this profile picture.

 

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What are all of the things I can do to make announcements for my students?
Within the Blackboard Announcement tool you are able to send your students important information or alert them to course/assignment/assessment updates. You can add a link to a specific area, tool, folder, or piece of content in an Announcement, directing students to the current task at hand. Encouraging your students to check Announcements for the latest course-related information is a good alternative to using email for these sorts of updates.

 

PDF Create Announcements

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My profile picture looks stretched. How can I fix it?
While Blackboard Vista suggested that profile pictures be 150 pixels x 150 pixels, Blackboard actually enforces it. If your avatar picture appears distorted it will likely be necessary to edit the image to the specified size in an image-editing program such as Photoshop, Firefox, Gimp, or Picnik (to name a few).

 

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How do I make my Course Available?

Fully-online and hybrid courses, by default, are available on the first day of the semester.  Fully online and hybrid courses can be activated early through e-services.

If the course is face-to-face, then the instructor must activate the Blackboard course through Faculty & Staff e-Services (http://www.uhd.edu/faculty) before the student can see the course in their Blackboard course list.

 

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If you are having technical difficulty and did not find your answer here, please contact us via email at bb@uhd.edu or call 713-221-2786


 

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