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TechSmith Relay Upgrade – Integration, Quizzing, and Analytics, Oh My!

The upgraded TechSmith Relay carries with it a slew of new features, as well as performance improvements on the features you were accustomed to! Some of the features we’re most excited about are Blackboard integration, quizzing, and analytics. For beginners, start by watching the video, “TechSmith Relay in 1 Minute,” then return here to dive in. TechSmith Relay is now integrated… Read more →

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Help Your Students Develop Personal Responsibility – with Tools You Already Use

The ability for students to benchmark their performance against that of their peers can lead to greater self-awareness, increased effort, and personal achievement. A Blackboard Blog post highlights the use of a tool developed by the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The tool, called Check My Activity, is intended to encourage students’ personal responsibility for learning by allowing them to… Read more →

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Anonymous Grading in Blackboard

A colleague at another institution recently uttered the words, “We all have those students we don’t love as much as others but they still deserve to be assessed fairly.” I know what you’re thinking. This is just plain false because you love all of our students equally. However, the fact remains that it can be difficult to assess student performance and… Read more →

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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 →

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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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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 →

Grading Assignments within Blackboard – In-Line Grading

In my opinion, the best new feature of the Blackboard upgrade is the new In-Line Grading tool for Assignments. For instructors who frequently have students submit papers and know the pain of downloading, opening, commenting, grading, closing, uploading commented papers and submitting grades to Blackboard, I am happy to report that the workflow is greatly improved! For anyone who has… Read more →

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Changes to the Assignment Tool in Blackboard

One of the most commonly used features of Blackboard on our campus is the Assignment tool in Blackboard. This allows instructors to receive their papers digitally, cutting down on printing and the possibility of losing a physical paper. The options for Assignments are now much more streamlined and provide the option to incorporate SafeAssign into every assignment. Let’s explore them… Read more →