Thursday, October 31, 2013
BITS: Blackboard Innovative Teaching SeriesThis free series offers several sessions a month on topics such as flipping your classroom, effective feedback strategies, assessing learners, and designing online courses.
You can find out more and register for upcoming BITS events here. Upcoming sessions include, "Supporting the Seven Principles with Blackboard Learn," "A Systematic Approach to Creating Accessible Video Content" and "Strategies for Providing Feedback to Students."
You can also find a link to BITS on your Faculty Tech Support tab in Bb.
Research.....Research.....If you're looking for some research-based ideas for improving your courses, check out Bb's research in higher education resource page. Articles include, "Effective Practices in Fully Online Higher Education Programs," "The Higher Education Executive Issues Study" and "Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education Outcomes Assessment."
Posted by Bb@MSU at 7:03 AM
Monday, October 21, 2013
"He sees you when you're sleepingWell, it's not quite that time of year -- but these lyrics ring loud and clear for Bb instructors who use the newly remodeled Bb Retention Center.
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake" Writer(s): Haven Gillespie, J. Fred CootsCopyright: Larry Spier Music LLC O.B.O. Haven Gillespie Music Pub
What is the Retention Center?
Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. For example, you can see students with failing grades on an exam, or those who have not logged into your Bb course for over a week. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.
How do I Access the Retention Center?
You can access Retention Center reports through your My Bb - Global Navigation or directly from the course control panel.
What will I See?
The Retention Center displays information about missed deadlines, course activity, grades and course access. Each of these categories has pre-configured rules -- but you can create specific rules within each of these categories.
Bb displays a graphic representation of each each. For example, in the image below, 18 students have missed a deadline, 20 have some sort of grade alert, 4 have an activity alert, and 6 have a Bb access alert. Clicking any of these broad categories enables you to send a general email to all students who fall into this category.
Below the broad categories, you will see a table of students in the course. Students are listed with a red dot indicating the category in which their alerts occurs. When you click on one of the red dots, details appear for that category. You can click the "view" link to see more specifics, if needed. You have the option of monitoring this student and/or notifying him via email.
How can I set up Customized Rules for my Retention Center?
Click the Customize button on the upper right side of your Retention Center.
You can create as many rules as you want. For example, you can create individual grade rules that alert you when students score below a certain point value on each test. Next, you can create a grade rule that alerts you if a student's total grade for your course falls to a certain percentage.
On the Retention Center page, click Customize on the action bar. On the Customize Retention Center page, point to Create Rule on the action bar and select one of the four rule types described in the following table.
|Course Activity||Alert is based on students' overall activity within your course. Students who are below a defined level of activity trigger the alert.|
Blackboard measures the time a student works in a course using the data generated from his "clicks." A student is assumed to be working with a course from the time he clicks on something in the course until the time he clicks something outside the course or logs out. If a login session is timed out, Blackboard only counts the time until the last click within the course. The time is not counted between the last click within the course and the timeout.
No weighting of clicks is assigned to any areas.
Adaptive rules are not taken into account.
|Grade||Alert is based on a defined score for any grade or calculated column in the Grade Center. Students who score above or below the defined threshold for a specific grade item trigger an alert. Determine when a grade triggers an alert:|
|Course Access||Alert is based on the date users last accessed your course. Students who have not logged in for a defined number of days trigger an alert.|
|Missed Deadline||Alert is based on a defined due date for an assignment, test, or survey. Students who do not complete an assignment, test, or survey by the due date trigger an alert based on the option you choose:|
Posted by Bb@MSU at 10:13 AM
Monday, October 14, 2013
You may be wondering what's new in Bb Tests for this fall. We recently purchased Respondus Lockdown Browser (RLB). This is a special web browser you can require students to use for their Bb tests that disables regular browser functions like opening new browser windows, printing, copying etc. The only thing students CAN do when using this browser is start and stop their Bb test.
To use the Respondus LockDown Browser (RLB), students will need to download the RLB software to their computer -- or use it in a campus computer lab. Students can download the software to their personal computer from this site. They can also click on the "Student Tech Support" tab in Bb to access the software download. The campus computer labs should already have the software installed and ready to go.
How do I use the LockDown Browser?
1. Create the Test in Bb! This page on our support site has all the information you need to build a new test or reuse an existing test.
2. Set the LockDown Browser requirement in the Course Tools menu area.
Click Respondus Lockdown Browser
[HELP - I don't see the LockDown Browser in my list of tools! Go to the Customization area of the Control Panel, and select 'Tool Availability." Scroll through the list and make sure Respondus LockDown Browser is enabled. Click Submit when finished.]
A list of all of your Bb Tests will open. Note, on the right side of the screen you can see whether the LockDown Browser is required for any of the listed tests.
Click the drop arrow next to the test for which you want to require the LockDown browser.
Click Modify Settings.
Select "Require Respondus LockDown Browser" from the options.
You do NOT need to set a password for either exam access or exam close.
Click Save and Close.
How do Students use the LockDown Browser?
At Home: Students have the option of using the LockDown browser at home, on their own computer. They must install the LockDown browser software on their computer. Students can find a link to the LockDown browser on the Student Tech Support tab on Blackboard. If you would like to download the software, you can also access it here.
On Campus: The LockDown browser is installed in the computer lab in the Richardson Library as well as in Calloway 318 (Other labs should follow soon).
Using the Browser to take a Bb Test:
Here is a video demonstration - Select the Blackboard option.
Open the LockDown Browser by clicking on the icon on the computer desktop.
The LockDown browser will prompt the student to close prohibited applications such as other browsers, and screen capture software -- it will then proceed to close the software for students. Students will not be able to proceed to their Bb test until they allow the LockDown browser to close software. After the prohibited software has been closed, students will log into Bb, select the course, and proceed to their test. After finishing the test, students may close the LockDown browser software. Once the RLB is closed, students may open and use any other browser or software.
Posted by Bb@MSU at 10:26 AM
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Why e-Portfolios? What's in it for my students? What's in it for me?
Benefits for Students:"Students generally use e-portfolios to collect their work, reflect upon strengths and weaknesses, and strive to improve. Equally beneficial are the data that faculty, departments, and institutions derive when they assess the work in portfolios, reflect upon it in curricular contexts, and use the data and reflections to plan for improvement. E-portfolios provide a rich resource for both students and faculty to learn about achievement of important outcomes over time, make connections among disparate parts of the curriculum, gain insights leading to improvement, and develop identities as learners or as facilitators of learning" (from http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/tomprof/posting.php?ID=954).
Have you considered using an e-portfolio? This video has some good ideas for you.
Our Blackboard Content System features an e-portfolio tool available for both you and your students.
An Example: The SEUS Aspiring Leaders Program!
Students in the Aspiring Leaders Program use Bb e-portfolios to record and demonstrate their achievement of the ISLIC standards. Students add reflection logs and evidence for each of the standards. The portfolios are shared with faculty reviewers, and can also be shared with others outside of MSU; reviewers can then comment and send private feedback to the student. Dr. Marilyn Rondeau is the innovator for this pilot project this fall.
How does it work?
The Bb e-portfolios are based on templates. Your students can share a common template that you design.
Students or faculty can also design their own portfolio template.
Once finished the e-portfolio can be shared with others both inside and outside of Morgan.
The e-portfolio can be downloaded and opened in any browser -- without having to log into Bb.
Posted by Bb@MSU at 7:39 AM
Monday, September 23, 2013
How do I create a Bb Assignment?
To create an assignment enter your Bb course, and click on any of the course menu "content" areas, such as Course Material. Click the Assessment button and select Assignment.
The benefit of using rubric:
- Students are aware of what you're looking for.
- You can use rubric itself to score the assignment.
Determine how many attempts students have to submit the assignment. It can be set to single attempt, multiple attempts, or a specific number of attempts. If needed, check off the date limits to set dates the assignment will be available online for students.
Set the due date. This will trigger a notice on the course Home Page, as well as a link to the assignment on the course calendar.
Click the Submit button when finished. A column for the assignment will automatically appear in the Grade Center.
You can click on the calendar event for the assignment, and either edit or grade it. Students can access the assignment from the calendar as well.
How do I grade an Assignment?
From the course Control Panel, select Grade Center, then Needs Grading. A list of all assignments that need grading will appear. Click on the student's name to grade their assignment.
The In-Line Grading area opens. You will see a preview of the student's document.
Click the "Comment" tool to access the editing tools. Click the down-arrow next tot he comment tool to download the file, if needed. The arrows in the center of the tool bar indicate the number of pages, and allow you to navigate to previous or subsequent pages.
How do I access an Assignment that's been Graded?
If you need to access an assignment after you've graded it, go the Full Grade Center. Select Edit Grade Details from the grade cell for the student, click "View Grade Details." From the Grade Details screen, you can edit the attempt ("Grade Attempt"), and even give the student another submission attempt.
Posted by Bb@MSU at 11:42 AM
Monday, September 16, 2013
Now that your courses are merged, you will see ALL students listed on the course roster, and in the course Grade Center. So.... how can you determine which students are in the parent section and the child sections?
Sorting your Students by Course SectionGrade Center to the rescue! Here's a few tips on how you can sort your students for easy identification.
First enter the Parent Course and select Full Grade Center from the Control Panel.
In your Full Grade Center look for the column titled, "Child Course ID."
If you click on the column title, Bb will sort the column.
In the image below you can see that the "Child Course ID" column has been sorted. The rows with no data in them indicate students who are in the PARENT course. The rows with a CRN number are from the child section. So, in the example below, students in 70851 are all grouped together....70851 is the child course section.
(The names of the students in the image below are purposely blurred)
Here is a close-up of the Child ID column once it has been sorted.
Do you want the students in each course section to appear in alphabetical order?
- Click the on the "Last Name" column heading,
- Click on the "Child Course ID" column heading.
Do you want the "Child Course ID" column to always show when you move horizontally across the Grade Center spread sheet?
You can organize your columns so that the Child Course ID column always appears on the spread sheet --- even if you scroll horizontally through the grade spread sheet.
- Click the Column Organization button at the top of the grade center.
- Find the "Child Course ID" column on the list of all grade center columns
- Drag the "Child Course ID" column up into the "frozen column" area.... as shown in the image below.
- Click submit.
In the image below, you can see that the Last Name, First Name and Child Course ID columns are all in the "frozen" column area. This information will always appear in the Grade Center spread sheet, even if you scroll horizontally to view the other grade center columns.
Once your Child ID column has been sorted, what can you do?
Manually enter grades for assignments, tests, homework etc.
(Remember grades for Bb Tests are auto-graded. Grades for Bb Assignments may be accessed via the Needs Grading area of the grade center.)
- Click the check box next to the student's name.
- Click the Email drop menu at the top of the Grade Center.
- Select "Email Selected Users" from the menu.
- Complete the email with the subject and message.
- Click Submit when finished.
Posted by Bb@MSU at 7:46 AM