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Blackboard Thing of the Week – Smart Views in the Grade Center

Blackboard Thing of the Week – Smart Views in the Grade Center
Have you ever been just sick to death of scrolling around within the Grade Center? Sometimes I have a need to see only particular students in the Grade Center, and even only particular grade entries for those students, and it can be frustrating to scroll back and forth to check on those specifics and ignore the rest. Wouldn’t it be nice to just tell the Blackboard course to show you only what you need to see, and not bother with the rest? Yes, yes it is nice. The tool in question is called a Smart View, in which you can set up a filter so that the Grade Center will only show content based around...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week: Discussion Board Course Copy Controls

Blackboard Thing of the Week: Discussion Board Course Copy Controls
No, the Blackboard Thing of the Week was not abandoned, I just went on vacation for a long time! I’m back now, and finding out some interesting aspects in the new version of Blackboard (9.1 Service Pack 12, for any version number fans out there). One such has to do with the Course Copy tool… but in a good way. Our history of the Course Copy tool here at Palomar is a rocky one; semesters have gone by where we needed to have the whole tool disabled because it did not work properly, but still this is the primary way in which content is copied forward into new semester course sites. A question...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week: Questions – Multiple Fill in the Blanks

Blackboard Thing of the Week: Questions – Multiple Fill in the Blanks
This week let’s take a look at one of the numerous question types available for use in a Blackboard test: Multiple Fill in the Blanks. As you’d expect from the name, this question type allows for a sentence with one or more “blanks” for the student to fill in. The tricks to using this question type are first to have the right type of question, and second to format the question properly. So what sort of question is “the right type” to use with multiple fill in the blanks? Naturally that’s a matter of opinion, but what I look for is a question that isn’t...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week – Multiple Test Attempts

Blackboard Thing of the Week – Multiple Test Attempts
Blackboard’s testing tool has an option to allow multiple test attempts, either unlimited attempts or up to a specified number of attempts. This means that once a student has taken the test a first time, they will ┬áhave the opportunity to go back, click the test link again, and try another time. However, a goodly amount of the time, students do not correctly navigate into the test for their second attempt, but instead end up in a frustrating look of viewing the test, saying to Begin the test, and looking at their results from the first attempt. The trick, as much as their is one, is to read the...
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Blackboard Thing of the Week – Initial Grade Center Cleanup

Blackboard Thing of the Week – Initial Grade Center Cleanup
I’ve been seeing an atypically high amount of interest this semester from faculty wanting to start using the Grade Center. That’s excellent, but if you’re just starting out using the Grade Center then a good place to start is with cleaning up some of the default columns that really aren’t of any use. Also, if you are just starting out with posting grades to your Blackboard course, consider meeting with one of the Blackboard support team to discuss how you are going to use grades. We are more than happy to meet with you one-on-one and discuss the specifics of your course; just...
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