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In the Grade Center, you can calculate grades by combining multiple columns to attain performance results, such as class averages, final grades that are based on a weighted scale, or total points. These are called calculated columns. You can display these columns to students so they can view performance results or you can display them only in the Grade Center for your use.
By adding a link to a Panopto video directly into a Blackboard content area, it makes it easier for students find and access your instructional videos.
Calculated Formula questions present students with a question that requires them to make a calculation and respond with a numeric answer. The numbers in the question change with each user and are pulled from a range that you set.
The groups tool allows instructors to create groups of students within a course. Course groups have their own areas in Blackboard Learn to collaborate on course work. These spaces are equipped with tools to assist in the collaborative process.
Occasionally, student performance on an assessment is lower than expected. Instructors can choose to modify the student scores on the assessment to equalize the scores.
Grading schemas map numerical and percent scores to letter grades or some other notation that you create (such as Pass/Fail). The Grade Center operates as a spreadsheet, which means that all entered scores must, at their foundation, be equal to a certain number of points. In order to represent these points as a letter grade, it must convert them to a percentage and then determine which range of percentages is equivalent to which letter grade.
Instructors can use the Blog tool in Blackboard as another medium for reflective learning. Only other enrolled users in the course can view and comment on Blog posts, and Instructors can configure Blogs to be either graded or ungraded.
Piazza is an enhanced collaboration tool. It functions as a discussion forum, a wiki, and a private messaging platform that operates in real time.
ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system offered by McGraw-Hill. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to determine what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.
Turnitin provides plagiarism prevention services, class management tools, and paperless digital grading, and is free to use for the Pitt community. With the May 2015 Blackboard upgrade, Turnitin can now be accessed without ever leaving the Blackboard environment.
There may be times when you are working on an assessment in Blackboard when you want or need to print hard copies of the assessment. If you want a colleague to review the assessment for clarity or accuracy, need to work offline or just prefer to review your work as . . . Read more
A Wiki is a free-form repository of information that anyone can add to, edit, or change. In Blackboard, Wikis can be created for the whole class, or for groups, and can either be ungraded or graded. Instructors can also contribute to Wikis, or it can be left entirely up to students, once the initial Wiki topic is opened by an instructor.
A rubric is an assessment tool listing evaluation criteria for an assignment, and provides a way to convey to students your expectations for the quality of completed assignments. Blackboard’s Rubrics tool allows you to use a provided rubric, or create one of your own. You can determine how much of this rubric students see, and when, and can use this rubric directly within the assignment you are grading to assign points based on the criteria you determined.
Self and Peer Assessments are a special type of assessment in which students are expected to evaluate their own work, and/or the work of their peers, with criteria and guidance provided by the instructor.
If you or another group within the University plan to record video or take photographs in your classroom, the Office of General Counsel recommends this consent form be given to students.
The Bb Grader application provides teachers with a mobile solution for reviewing, providing feedback, and grading student submissions to Blackboard Learn Assignments. Currently available for iPhone/iPad only.
On a test or quiz, you can penalize students’ incorrect answers with negative points. This feature is most often used in multiple choice tests to discourage guessing. You can enable the negative points option during question creation or when editing a question. If you are using negative points as a guessing deterrent, mention this in the test instructions.
Turnitin is an internet-based anti-plagiarism technology that can now be linked to your Blackboard course. The new integration between Turnintin and Blackboard essentially creates a private tunnel between these two applications such that student submissions, grades, instructor comments and reports can go back and forth between them seamlessly.
A Journal is a tool for self-reflection. A course can have several different Journals, used for different purposes (e.g. one Journal for field experience reflections and another Journal for reading responses). Only the student and the instructor are able to comment on Journal entries. Journals may be kept private between the student and instructor, or made public by the instructor so that all enrolled users can read all posted Journal entries.
An instructor can choose to make a wiki graded. Grading a wiki is much like grading in other collaborative tools in Blackboard and when you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center.
Adaptive release controls the release of content to users based on a set of rules you create. Control delivery of your content at a fine-grained level to only certain individual students or groups by setting up criteria that must be met before content becomes available to each individual user.
Contents About Turnitin at Pitt Request a Turnitin Account Getting Started with Turnitin Turnitin FAQ About Turnitin at Pitt Turnitin is an internet-based anti-plagiarism technology that enables faculty members to level the academic playing field for honest students. The past few years has seen a boom in websites offering term . . . Read more
Even though you have decided to deliver your assessments to your students on Blackboard, there might be times where you need/wish to print those assessment attempts by the students to grade or review offline.
University students benefit from having 24/7 access to course information in a variety of formats. Many faculty can take advantage of the mobile devices and other technologies that students have at their fingertips by creating instructional audio and video recordings. These guidelines are important considerations for your recording.
Use SafeAssign to review assignment submissions for plagiarism potential and create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources rather than paraphrase. SafeAssign is effective as both a deterrent and an educational tool.
Whenever you want to add another layer of fairness and impartiality to your grading, you can use the anonymous grading feature.
Students using Blackboard only see their own grades. You control which Grade Center data is released to students and the timing of its release. You can show or hide Grade Center columns to students, or show students class grading statistics so they can compare their performance to the class as a whole.
You can assign specific users in your course (those with Instructor, TA, or Grader user roles) to grade particular sets of student assignment submissions. The users who help you grade are called delegated graders and they provide provisional grades. Delegated graders follow the same grading steps that you do, however, the group of assignment attempts that they see are based on the options you choose. After all delegated graders provide grades and feedback, one or more instructors review the grading to determine a final grade or reconcile it.
With the Discussion Board tool, course members can replicate the robust discussions that take place in the classroom. Instructors can encourage peer-to-peer communication with a rich range of evaluation and assessment tools to moderate, grade, review, and track students as they participate in threaded discussion fora.
Integrating audio and video hardware into your computer can be a challenging task. If you are using a laptop, you likely have a web cam and microphone already integrated into your computer (though if you experience difficulty with your laptop’s built-in web cam, you may wish to consult with the . . . Read more
Overview This how-to article will be a step by step guide on creating a polka dot pattern with Adobe Illustrator CC. Some basic Illustrator knowledge is preferred. Launch the Illustrator application and create a new file. File > New… Create a circle with the Ellipse Tool, anywhere outside of the . . . Read more
This Roadmap contains a questionnaire that will help you select the best tool for creating collaborative spaces within your course, and information on how to set up, configure, and assess these tools and resources.
You can create printable reports for your courses and students. You can also create a progress report that contains all of the grades from a particular grading period for a defined group of students in a class, such as special-needs students or transfer students. You can print this report and hand it out to each student, parent, or guardian.
If your Journals are set to be graded, Blackboard’s inline grading feature allows you to grade student activity directly from within the Journals tool.
Contents Getting Started Building a Presentation Stream Your Presentation Overview Nearpod is a web service that lets you develop and stream slide-show based presentations over the internet. This can either be done individually by each student on their own, or in a classroom in a live streaming session. Its primary . . . Read more
Note: Currently the Panopto Mobile App is out of service. You will not be able to login to My Pitt Video from the Panopto Mobile App. This is a known issue that is currently being worked on. Panopto is available for iOS as well as Android mobile devices, however . . . Read more
Further information about the best uses of delegating grading to improve assessment practices in courses with multiple graders.
Many types of content within a course can be duplicated and used multiple times within the same course. Once an item has been copied, it can be placed in any area within your course and edited, changed, or deleted without affecting the original item. This is a useful way of creating a single template course format and then duplicating it multiple times as you build out the entirety of your course, or presenting the same (or similar) material at different time-points within the course.
All Pitt faculty and staff have free unlimited access to Qualtrics, a tool for easily creating sophisticated, anonymous online surveys. These surveys can be used to collect information from your students, get anonymous feedback or evaluation, or for human subjects research (provided any necessary IRB approvals have been granted). Qualtrics . . . Read more
Contents Overview Edit Wiki Content Delete a Wiki Add a Wikis Link to the Course Menu Overview You must create or have access to a wiki topic before you can edit and manage a wiki. You must create or have access to a wiki before you can assign grades. If . . . Read more
After performing a Course Copy or Import, use the date management tool to easily adjust all content and tool dates in your course to reflect the current academic calendar.
In the Grade Center, you can view various statistical information related to a column and any user. The Column Statistics page displays numerous statistics for a grade item, including average, median, and standard deviation. The User Statistics page displays a student’s statistics in various categories.
The People tool is a single location where you can find and connect anyone with a user profile. These connections can be made through existing connections, such as a course you are enrolled in or through new connections you decide to make.
A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center. It shows only the columns that match a set of criteria, and the view is saved for continued use.
Multiple textbook publishers, including McGraw-Hill, Cengage, Wiley, and Pearson offer tools that extend traditional textbook offerings using online interactive learning resources. These resources are available to students on demand at times and places of their own choosing. For the most part, they have been developed to support the courses with . . . Read more
A Space is a group that you can easily and quickly create to collaborate with other users. For example, you can create a space for a final exam study group, your athletic team, or any other special interest. Spaces are not the same as organizations. Anyone can create and manage spaces.
While you cannot import a Word or text document into Blackboard directly in order to create a Test, Survey or Test Item Pool, there are several applications available that will turn a Word or text document into a format that Blackboard can use.
Table of Contents Overview Install Movie Maker Startup Importing Content from a File Capturing from a Camera Editing Your Content Splitting a Clip Using the Trim Tool Customizing Your Content Titles Captions Credits Transitions Pan and Zoom Visual Effects Adding Audio Example of a Customized Storyboard Pane Saving Your Movie . . . Read more
You can easily add a link to a communication or collaboration tool, multimedia content or third-party tools into any Content Area in your course.
CIDDE offers consulting services and limited production assistance to members of the University community who wish to create and post instructional content to iTunes U. Please click on the links below to review our online iTunes U materials. Tools for Creating Original Content for iTunes U Guidelines for Creating Instructional . . . Read more
iMovie is a simple video editing tool available on Apple OSX. It will allow you to edit video clips from digital cameras and camcorders, as well as videos downloaded from the internet. It can be used to combine clips from a variety of sources into a single video clip. It can also be used to capture from the DVD and VHS, but for this, you will require the hardware available in the Educational Technology Center computer lab.
Cengage Learning iLrn is an all-in-one diagnostic, tutorial, assessment, assignment, and course management system that saves instructors’ time and enhances students’ language learning experience. Everything students need to master the skills and concepts of the course is built right into this online system, including an interactive diagnostic study tool, an interactive media-enhanced ebook, student activities manual (Heinle eSAM), video, partner and group voice-recorded activities, grammar tutorial videos, and more.
Windows (7 and 8) users who have Office 2013, specifically PowerPoint 2013, installed can download a new plugin called Office Mix from Microsoft to enhance their classes by creating interactive content right in PowerPoint. With Office Mix, you can add voice, video, digital ink, and screen recordings to your presentations, . . . Read more
The Blackboard Learn email tool allows you to send email to other people in your course without launching an external email program, such as Gmail, Outlook, Hotmail, or Yahoo. You can send email to individual users or to groups of users.
Contents Overview How Does ARS Work? How Can ARS Help Faculty Achieve Their Course Goals? Recommended ARS Further Information about Audience Response Systems Overview Audience Response Systems (ARS)–also known as “Clickers”–provides students with a wireless hand-held response pad that allows them to reply to classroom questions electronically and receive immediate . . . Read more
Contents Overview Content Creation Tools File Formats Create Your Content Help Overview University of Pittsburgh community members can use iTunes U to offer audio, video, or PDF files as part of course content or other academic purpose. iTunes U can be used to publish content related to lectures, course . . . Read more
If your Blogs are set to be graded, Blackboard’s inline grading feature allows you to grade student activity directly from within the Blogs tool.
Cengage Learning offers MindTap course integration through Blackboard. As an instructor at Pitt, you can integrate MindTap course content, including direct links to homework assignments and chapters, in your Blackboard courses.
If your Discussion Boards are set to be graded, Blackboard’s inline grading feature allows you to grade discussion activity directly from within the Discussion Board tool.
The Panopto Focus Recorder is an application that allows you to quickly record and upload video to your Panopto account where it can be linked to a CourseWeb page or through email. While it is possible to directly upload a simple video file through the Panopto website without using the Panopto Focus Recorder, the application allows for the acquisition of multiple video channels simultaneously, from a webcam or other camcorder, desktop screen recorder, as well as PowerPoint Presentations.
Contents Overview Share Outputs Streams Search Captions Manage Log Similar to Folder Settings, each individual video presentation in Panopto has their own unique Video Settings that can be independently managed. Many of these settings will be dependent on the parent folder settings. To access your Panopto Video Settings, mouse over . . . Read more
The Start, Due and Post Dates of the Turnitin Direct Assignments you create in Blackboard impact whether or not your students are able to submit papers, and whether they can view your comments and feedback on their papers. If you made an error in setting up these dates when you created your Turnitin Direct Assignment, you can edit them at any point.