Author: Tom Rosenberger

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Improve Testing (and Teaching) with Item Analysis

Did you know that Blackboard’s Test tool includes an Item Analysis Tool that provide statistical data of student performance both by question and overall?   This information can help you better align your instruction and assessments by identifying areas where students struggle.   Easily recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance, improve questions for future use, or adjust credit on current attempts. You can… Read more →

Beginning of Semester Checklist

First Week Success Research shows that students will be more successful in your online course if you do successfully engage them the first week. Be creative and think of something that will motivate your learners. Have them use the discussion tool to introduce themselves, respond to other students, and take a sample quiz. Consider a homework assignment to give them an… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire ‘Support Central’

What is Chalk & Wire? Chalk & Wire is an electronic portfolio and learning assessment platform that allows the College to evaluate its own effectiveness at delivering the quality, consistency, and rigor that we are proud of. Individual students can see how the quality of their coursework stacks up against the big-picture standards that guide the College’s academic programs. Academic departments can use… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire FAQs: Instructors Using Blackboard

This article is intended to assist faculty accessing Chalk & Wire through a Blackboard course.     GETTING STARTED: The general process for using Chalk & Wire inside of Blackboard is as follows: Instructor sets up assignment link Students upload work / add content Students submit it to instructor Instructor assesses using linked rubric and releases score Sound familiar? Yes – it’s true – this process… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire FAQs: Students Using Blackboard

This article is intended to assist users accessing Chalk & Wire through a Blackboard course.     GETTING STARTED: The general process for using Chalk & Wire consists of two steps: Upload your work / add content to the assignment page, which you access through the link in your Blackboard course. Submit it to your instructor. Please watch the following very quick video, demonstrating… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire FAQs: Students using Direct Login

This article is intended to assist users accessing Chalk & Wire through ‘direct login’ – http://eportfolio.strose.edu.     GETTING STARTED: The general process for using Chalk & Wire consists of four easy steps: Obtain an account (setup for you) Create a portfolio (according to your instructor’s directions) Upload attachments / add content (work samples, papers, etc.) Submit it to the appropriate assessor… Read more →

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Chalk & Wire FAQs: Instructors Using Direct Login

This article is intended to assist instructors accessing Chalk & Wire through ‘direct login’ – http://eportfolio.strose.edu.     GETTING STARTED: The general process for using Chalk & Wire is as follows: Student creates a portfolio (according to your directions) Students upload work / add content Student submits it to their instructor Instructor assesses using linked rubric and releases score You are strongly encouraged to read the… Read more →

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Tracking Discussion Activity by Student

There are a number of ways to make sure your students are on par with their level of activity/interaction in your course. This article will highlight two ways you can monitor Discussion Board activity levels. Here are two ways you can monitor discussion activity: 1. Performance Dashboard, per Student On the Control Panel, expand the Evaluation section and click Performance Dashboard. On the Performance Dashboard page, you can view… Read more →

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Access Logs for Blackboard Tests

Instructors can view a test attempt’s Access Log for a list of times of various student interactions with the test. The log can help to confirm whether a student began a test or ran into problems during a test. On the Control Panel, expand the Grade Center section. Click Tests. Locate the cell for the student’s test that you want to investigate. The cell must contain… Read more →

Demystifying Bb Messages, Email, Announcements, & Notifications

What is a Notification? In Blackboard Learn, a ‘notification’ is a message or alert that tells students something has occurred in a course. When an event occurs in the system – such as an assignment is created, a survey is submitted, or a test is overdue – the system automatically creates the appropriate notifications. This requires no action by the… Read more →