Student feedback in Blackboard – Where do they find it?

Research shows that students spend a large portion of their time in Blackboard, checking their grades.  A student’s desire to check their grades via the LMS (Learning Management System) is a regular driver for faculty adoption of Blackboard as a way to provide feedback.

However, even when a Blackboard instructor is using the Grade Center, students may still have difficulty finding their grades and assignment/assessment feedback.   A good best practice for Blackboard instructors is to let students know the mechanics of accessing their grades and graded feedback.

Students can see grades for all of their courses or one course at a time, by using My Grades.

Students can access their grades by clicking the My Grades link in the Blackboard course’s navigation menu or by selecting the arrow next to their name in the upper-right corner. In the menu, they select My Grades. Grades can be sorted by All Courses or Last Graded. If student work hasn’t been graded, grade status icons appear. Select an item’s title to view details.

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The My Grades Page

On the My Grades page, students can view all the coursework and grades for the course they are in. If student work hasn’t been graded, grade status icons appear.

Students can filter and order their view.

Students can select an item’s title to view details. For example, the instructor can type comments, highlight text, and draw on student documents. Students then can select an assignment’s title to access the assignment’s Review Submission History page and review the grade, annotations, and feedback in context.

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If you use a rubric to grade student work, they can select the View Rubric link to view details.

Students can Select the View Feedback icon to view instructor feedback in a pop-up box.

My Grades page

What Do the Icons Mean?

Icon Description
No information is available.
You completed the work, but no grade is assigned for items such as surveys.
You submitted your work. This item is ready for grading.
Grade Select the grade to view details.
Your work is in progress, but you haven’t submitted it yet.
Your grade for this item is exempted. You don’t have to submit work.
An error has occurred. Contact your instructor.
Your work was graded anonymously. Appears with submissions where your instructor assigned grades with student names hidden during the grading process.
Select to view feedback from your instructor.
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Grade Center Due Dates & Column Organization

One of the of the hallmarks of student satisfaction in any online or web-enhanced course is a good student-course relationship.  If the student has a good experience interacting with the course structure and materials, they are more likely to report a higher level of satisfaction.

One way to increase the odds of a good student-course relationship is to be sure that when students check their academic progress, it is easy for them discover how they are doing in the course.

Blackboard students and instructors have dramatically different views of course grades.  Instructors generally interact with student grades via the Grade Center, whereas students work with a custom My Grades tool that only shows them their own achievements.  Students do not get a spreadsheet view of their grades.  Instead, they see a list of graded items in whatever order the instructor happens to have them in Blackboard’s Grade Center.

When adding assignments and activities during any given semester it is easy to just set-and-forget the Grade Center and forget about how students see their grades.  The good news is that there are steps that any Blackboard instructor can take to ensure that the students’ view of their academic progress is easy to understand and in the correct order.

The following video capture by SHSU Online Instructional Designer Jay Wilson will walk Blackboard Instructors through the process of organizing the Grade Center using Grade Book Due Dates and Column Organization.

Cut down on student stress by layering academic and mechanical instructions throughout your course.

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With students, everything revolves around context. They are becoming used to getting contextual information about the restaurant where they are eating, the traffic they are driving in, and the television shows they are watching. That is why it is important to not just put instructions in your course syllabus. They need to placed at the unit and assignment level as well.

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A big key here is not just revealing the academic instructions that tell the students the requirements of a particular assignment or activity, but the mechanical instructions that tell the students how to use the particular tool to complete the assignment or activity. Relying on the fact that your students may be “digital natives” is just not a good strategy when it comes to them figuring out how to maneuver in your Blackboard Course.  If your students are completing an activity using one of the learning management system’s tools, why not give them a reminder on where to click to begin and then provide a link to help documentation (from help.blackboard.com) on how to use the tool they are being assigned.

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Making these best practices a regular part of your course design and development will go a long way toward ensuring that your students are able to work through course activities with more success and less stress.

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities – October 2016

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We’ve got some frightfully good faculty development offerings for October 2016, so get in the spirit and sign up for one of our faculty development sessions!

New Boo! for October 2016

online_communityDoes working with groups in Blackboard leave you spooked?  Are you unsure about how to use wicked wikis?  Do you wonder what the trick is to blogs and journals?  If so, then you are in for a treat!  SHSU Online is proud to offer a brand boo fully-online faculty certification course:  Building Online Communities (Starts 10/3).

Communication and collaboration are key facets to this online certification course. In this course, we will further explore some of the communication and collaboration tools Blackboard Learn has to offer. You will have ample opportunity to communicate, gain feedback and share ideas with your colleagues’ using of shsu_boo_onlinethe tools. This online course covers:

  • Online communities and the Instructor’s Role
  • Best Practice and Learning Theory Around Discussion Questions
  • The Use of Journals & Blogs
  • The Use of Wikis
  • Groups in Blackboard Courses
  • Grading in the collaborative space

Successful completion of this course awards the Online Community Organizer certification. | Enroll Today |

Get Caught in a Web-inar

webinar-halloweenDon’t feel like walking across campus for a how-to session?  Are you worried you’ll lose a parking spot?  Worry no more, because in October, we are offering three faculty development sessions via a webinar:

  • 10/4 – Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience (1pm)
  • 10/19 – Feedback Strategies for your Online/Hybrid/Supplemental Course (1pm)
  • 10/24 – Blackboard Learn Rubrics (12pm)

| Enroll Today |

More Spooktacular Faculty Development Offerings!

  • 10/11 – Video/Audio/Screen Capture & Video Quizzes – Kaltura (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)
  • 10/11 – Blackboard & More By Request (Woodlands Campus 210 @ 5pm)
  • 10/14 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring of Blackboard Exams (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)
  • 10/25 – Blackboard & More By Request (Woodlands Campus 210 @ 5pm)
  • 10/26 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring of Blackboard Exams (MURFF 105 @ 1pm)

| Enroll Today |

Using Blackboard to Meet Attendance Initiative Needs

Unless you’ve been vacationing off-planet recently, you’ve probably heard of the university’s Attendance Initiative.  You have been presented with 2 options for reporting attendance.

  1. Manually enter attendance results in Banner’s “Attendance Tracker” tool.
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  2. Set up a an appropriate academic activity in Blackboard so that attendance attendance reports can be run automatically.

The 12th class day for the Fall 2016 semester is Friday, September 9th.  In order for a student’s attendance to “count” within Blackboard before then, the student will need to complete an appropriate academic activity in your Blackboard course.  *Examples of tools in Blackboard to use for this are:

*Only these tool types will provide automated attendance data so that you do not have to manually report it using the Banner attendance tracker.

Each of these activities are great first week activities on their own in that they get your students engaged with the course from the start.  They are not a heavy lift for your students in terms of difficulty level, or for you in terms of grading.

Click the activity name to see  ideas for each of these tools that you can employ to fulfill the Attendance Initiative Requirements.

Questions to consider:

When should due dates for these activities occur?
We recommend that due dates be set for these activities on 9/7 and 9/8 in case of any delay in reporting.

Do I have to grade the assignment before the 12th class day?
No.  Only the student submission is required for attendance purposes.  You can grade these submissions whenever you want or set it up as a non-graded or completion/incomplete activity.

Is this just for faculty who teach online?
No.  Any faculty member teaching an online, hybrid, or face-to-face class can take advantage of the automated option by deploying one of the activities listed above.

Blog PostBlackboard Blog Instructions

Have your students each post a blog entry on what they hope to get out of your class for the semester. You and their fellow students can comment on entries as needed/required.

Journal EntryBlackboard Journal Instructions

Have students share an experience that led them to taking your class or deciding upon their major. You can decide to make the journal public to the class or just in between you and the student.

AssignmentBlackboard Assignment Instructions

Have students turn in a KWL assignment.  KWL – What do you know about the topic? What do you Want to Know? What have you learned?  This assignment is great as it helps you determine where you might want to spend some more time as you teach the subject and it lets the students come back at the end of the semester and update you on what they have learned.

DiscussionBlackboard Discussion Forum Instructions

Have each of your students submit a post to an “Introduce Yourself” discussion forum.  Ask them to share things like:  Major, Hometown, Hobbies, Why they are taking the class and even something fun (If you one super-power, what would it be?).  You can then encourage the students to reply to their colleagues to gain full credit for the assignment.

Quiz/ExamBlackboard Quiz/Exam Instructions

A great way to start off the semester and ensure your students are familiar with what is expected of them is to have them take a syllabus quiz.  This low-stakes assessment is perfect for getting your students used to taking quizzes/exams in Blackboard and ensures that they actually read the syllabus!

 

SHSU Online Faculty Development Opportunities – September 2016

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Welcome back Bearkat faculty!  The Fall 2016 semester is here and so are the SHSU Online faculty development opportunities!

  1. Go fully online and earn your Teaching Online with Blackboard or Multimedia Master Certifications by enrolling in one of our two Blackboard certification options.
  2. Enroll in our Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Webinar and learn how to use the Collaborate Ultra by participating in an online web meeting that uses the tool.
  3. Attend one of the face-to-face how-to sessions here at the main campus or at our Woodlands location.
  4. Sign up for one-on-one sessions.  These sessions can be 5 minutes to an hour and can take place in your office, ours, over the phone and online.  Use the same link to sign up for face-to-face or one-on-one sessions. Just select a topic or come up with one of your own and we’ll do it!

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up for the following courses:

Fully Online Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • Teaching Online With Blackboard [Cohort 9] – Enroll in each of the 4 courses separately.
    • 9/6/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Course Building
    • 9/20/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Communication
    • 10/04/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Assessment
    • 10/18/2016 – Teaching Online: Strategies for Success
  • 9/12/2016 – Multimedia in Blackboard Courses [Self-Paced]
  • 9/14/2016 – Blackboard Collaborate: The Ultra Experience – Webinar – 1pm

Main Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 9/16/2016 – ProctorFree Online Proctoring for Bb Exams & Quizzes – 1pm
  • 9/19/2016 – Blackboard Learn: Using the Grade Center

Woodlands Campus Sessions (see below for full session descriptions)

  • 9/13 – Blackboard & More – By Request 5pm TWC 209

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up

Development Session Descriptions

Multimedia in Blackboard Courses: This fully-online certification course provides the Blackboard instructor with the knowledge and skills in both the acquisition and implementation of multimedia for online/face-to-face and hybrid courses. Technologies and best practices are examined in the context of student engagement and success.

Participants can choose to complete all module activities for this course and receive a Multimedia Certification or just complete any of the modules that interests them, a la carte.

Teaching Online with Blackboard: A fully-online cohort based training option for faculty wishing to improve their online teaching skills. The certification consists of four courses aimed at preparing an instructor to master the online teaching environment through Blackboard. Courses included within this series comprise the following:

  • Course Building: 2-week course that will equip online instructors with building and sharing content in their online courses.
  • Communication: 2-week course that will cover tools of communication, as well as applicable communication strategies for online course management.
  • Assessment: 2-week course that introduces participants to how to get started assessing their student’s learning in an online class.
  • Teaching Online– Strategies for Success: 2-Week course that presents participants with the opportunity to explore best practices for creating engaging and effective online learning environments.

Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience: Synchronous collaboration in Blackboard just got a whole lot easier. Introducing Blackboard Collaborate – The Ultra Experience. In real-time, share audio, video, chat, files, whiteboard and software applications on your computer with your classmates and instructor.  No java plugin needed!  Collaborate Ultra runs inside your Internet browser! Session lasts approximately 60 minutes.

ProctorFree – Online Proctoring for Blackboard Exams: This one hour session covers how to use ProctorFree for your online exams & quizzes in Blackboard. ProctorFree is an on-demand, automated online proctoring service that deters cheating in an online testing environment. Using bio-metric and machine learning technologies, ProctorFree has eliminated the need for a human proctor during testing. This innovative technology creates a convenient testing option for distance education students and increases the credibility of online certificates and degrees for higher education institutions.

Blackboard Learn: Using the Grade Center: Participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. Manage students’ grades and create grade columns for any activities or requirements you wish to grade.

Blackboard & More – By Request: This one hour session is scheduled for SHSU Blackboard instructors who can’t quite make it to Huntsville. An SHSU Online Blackboard export will be at the Woodlands Campus to help answer questions, provide solutions, demonstrations and more around Blackboard and interfacing software applications.

SHSU Online Offers New Multimedia Certification for Blackboard Faculty

course_screenshotWe are proud to announce a new certification option for Blackboard faculty at SHSU.  Participants who complete the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses fully-online faculty development course will receive the “Multimedia Master” certification.

This fully-online certification course provides the Blackboard instructor with the knowledge and skills in both the acquisition and implementation of multimedia for online/face-to-face and hybrid courses. Technologies and best practices are examined in the context of student engagement and success.

Specifically course participants will cover:

  • Finding, placing and crediting images in Blackboard courses.
  • Finding and placing YouTube videos in Blackboard courses.
  • Finding and placing NBC Learn content in Blackboard courses.
  • Using Kaltura CaptureSpace Lite to place audio, video and screen captures in your Blackboard course.
  • Adding interactive video quizzes to your Blackboard course using Kaltura.
  • Best practices around using multimedia in your Blackboard course.

The course will begin on June 1st and is a self-paced course, though we encourage you to interact with those colleagues who are in the course with you. Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up.

Course content is found in each module in a sequential format using a Blackboard Learning Unit/Module tool.  Course content opens in new tabs for easier reading.  At the end of each learning unit, participants will have the opportunity to download module contents via a PDF file link.

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Course activities can be found within each module of the course.  Activities take place as a student in the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses course and as in instructor in the Multimedia Practice course that you will be added to upon enrollment.  Total time investment: 10-12 hours.

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Take a look  at the Multimedia in Blackboard Courses syllabus for more information.

Visit the SHSU Online Faculty Development How-to Session page to sign up.