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Managing Your Course From Semester to Semester?
- Copy Your Course Content from one course to another.
- Set your Course Availability, so that students will be able to see your content when the first day of class arrives.
- Update your Syllabus, course content (as needed), and the dates on your course objects (assignments, folders, tests, etc.).
- Optional but recommended: Archive your previous semester’s course(s), and download/save the archive file(s) to your computer as a backup.
- Optional but recommended: Hide (Previous Semester) Course Links from your Blackboard course lists.
- Blank Page
- Content Folder (Similar to a folder on your computer – holds other objects.)
- File (I personally prefer creating an Item and attaching files to the item, rather than using this method.)
- Images and Finding Creative Commons (Free-To-Use) Images
- Item (Items are great for adding content: text, images, files, etc. When in doubt, try an Item.)
- Learning Module (Organize items in an outline structure and enforce sequential viewing.)
- Slide Share Embedding
- Web Link
- YouTube Video (Great way to display JUST the video in your course – no comments/related videos.)
- Copy Objects within the course or to another course.
- Move Objects within the course or to another course.
- Reorder Objects on a page.
- Update content within previously added Files, Items, or Descriptions.
Course Menu (the menu on the left side):
- The Course Menu – Adding, reordering, renaming, and hiding links.
- All User Activity Inside Content Areas – Total clicks for each area of your course, and total clicks for each area per student.
- Course Activity Overview – How many hours each student spent in the course, average hours spent, and popular times of day.
- Overall Summary of User Activity – Summary of activity within course tools (including Discussions), user activity by date, summary of activity by hour of the day and day of the week.
- Student Overview for Single Course -Individual student’s total hours of activity (broken down by day of the week), number of items visited, and number of log-ins. Also, a detailed breakdown of student activity by item/area of the course.
- User Activity In Forums – Total user clicks and posts for each discussion forum, individual users’ activity (for each forum and by date), and total activity in forum by date.
Grade Center – Basics:
- Create Columns – create new columns for manually entered scores (Blackboard creates columns automatically for graded assignments, tests, discussions, etc.)
- Download Spreadsheet – archive student grades at the end of a semester, or download the file to enter scores offline.
- Enter Scores – manually type in scores for an in-class activity.
- Hiding Columns – from students, and from yourself.
- Letter Grade – have Blackboard assign a letter grade, based on your percentages and the students’ points in the Total Column.
- Total Column – have Blackboard calculate the student’s total points, based on your chosen formula.
- View Attempt – view a student’s assignment or test submission.
Grade Center – Beyond the Basics:
- Categories – organize columns into categories, to drop lowest scores, weight grades (example: all quizzes = 15% of grade), and more.
- Reorganize Columns – sort the columns into your preferred order.
- Smart Views – utilizing Categories, create Grade Center views that only display certain items of interest for easy grading.
- Upload Spreadsheet – after downloading the template spreadsheet from Blackboard, you can add scores in excel, and upload the file/scores to Blackboard.
- Establish your Test Options.
- Make changes to tests, after students have taken them, with Auto Re-Grading.