Launch Page: Coursework and Grading

This page launches topics related to coursework you intend to assess (discussions, assignments, and tests in Blackboard) and key topics about grading and using the Grade Center in Blackboard. Click What’s on this page to see a table of contents.

Planning Assessments in Your Course

This page provides an overview of common Blackboard assessment tools: Assignments, tests, discussions, blogs, and journals. Any of these Blackboard tools can be graded, which is why we are calling them "assessment" ...
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Plan Course Content & Activities One way to begin the work of developing an online class, whether you’ve taught it face to face or not, is to start mapping out the course ...
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Blackboard offers a goals tool which allows instructors to map their outcomes to course activities, assignments, and assessments. Associate Goals to Course Follow the links in the list below or click through ...
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What is Authentic Assessment? An important characteristic of a quality online course is the use of authentic assessments. Authentic assessments are also encouraged in the UDL Guidelines, specifically in Checkpoint 7.2. To ...
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To vary assessments simply means to offer different ways to measure your students' achievements towards a goal or outcomes. Relying primarily on one form of assessment probably tells you more about your ...
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Using the Blackboard Grade Center

Blackboard's Grade Center (grade book) is a powerful tool with many useful features. Learn how to navigate, view, understand, customize, and control the grade center. Methods of Entering the Grade Center In ...
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The Grade Details page is a powerful tool that can be used to manage individual grades for specific users. How to View Grade Details Visit the Full Grade Center in your course ...
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Once your students have submitted assignments, completed tests, or participated in discussions, you will need to grade their work. Here are the places you can access the grading screen for student work ...
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Managing the Grade Center

Expand the topics below to set up a Blackboard grade center that will be easy to use. Create Your Total Column Have a copy of your Syllabus with Grade Table handy to ...
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Create Your Total Column Have a copy of your Syllabus with Grade Table handy to guide your Grade Center development. The first thing you need to know in order to set up ...
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In some Blackboard shells, you may see an auto-generated attendance column in the Grade Center. As of this writing, the column is undeletable, but it's easy to change the settings so it ...
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Assignments in Blackboard

In Blackboard, Assignments refers to documents or files submitted using the Assignment tool. These can be papers, reports, essays, presentations, Kaltura videos, and so on.

Blackboard's Assignment tool is used when students submit files (Word documents, PowerPoint files, Kaltura videos, Excel files, PDF documents, and so on). You can think of it as a "drop box" for ...
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This page explains how to open Assignments in order to grade them and how to handle multiple attempts and late assignment submissions. In Blackboard, Assignments refers to documents or files submitted using ...
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Blackboard Annotate is the much-anticipated update to the Inline Grader. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to students. Support documentation Visit the Blackboard Instructor help page ...
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When we change from teaching face-to-face to teaching online, we need to shift our paradigm and allow for new workflows and processes. One of the first points of consideration is to assign ...
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The following process shows how students can view feedback on assignments. This information may be useful if your students cannot find your feedback, as it will help you understand how they can ...
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Discussions in Blackboard

Discussions are not able to grade themselves in Blackboard. Instructors plan their time to grade once a discussion deadline has passed. This post explains how to use the Grade Center to check ...
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In the Discussion tool, choose the "Add Forum" button at the top of the page Name the forum and add an optional description. We recommend adding a short description of the assignment ...
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Online discussions can be a powerful learning activity, but they are complicated and merit advanced planning. Expectations Consider these points to help communicate your expectations to students, as well as to calibrate ...
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An online discussion will be most successful when students are motivated by and engaged with the topic. Achieving this goal depends greatly on the topic of the discussion. Here are a few ...
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Tests in Blackboard

Tests, quizzes, exams… all can be built with the Blackboard Test tool.

While Blackboard is able to automatically grade most question types, this page will explain the circumstances that prevent Blackboard from automatically grading tests, and what you can do about it. How Will ...
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Find Feedback on Blackboard Tests, Quizzes and Exams Begin by selecting My Grades from the course menu Next, sort by Activity by clicking the drop down menu (top right) Find the graded ...
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