Here are some more questions and tips that faculty have shared with us, with answers and suggestions. The first is from the College of Education:
- Question: “We would like to have an ASSIGNMENT DROP BOX link that takes the students directly to the DROP Box (to see all the assignments that are due) on the left-hand menu box. I tried to do it, but the links did not work.”
Answer: If the assignments have been created within a learning module or a unit, use course link. Here is how:
1. Create a Content Area link on Course Menu and name it Assignments.
2. Click the Assignments link on Course Menu
3. Click Build Content Drop-down Contextual Menu list and select Course Link
4. Click Browse and select the assignment
that you have been created in a module or a Unit
5. The name of the assignment and Location
will appear respectively in the slot Name & Location
6. Click Submit
And the next concerns the Gradebook function. We’ve noticed that the WebCT gradebook was much more capable than the Blackboard 9.1 gradebook. It is odd that a company would strip functionality from an old version in updating to a new one, but that seems to be what they have done. Many functions are still there but need to be accessed differently. This comment is from the College of Arts and Sciences and it concerns the grading of multiple attempts at a quiz (do you want to take the highest score, the last score, or an average of the attempts?):
- If you are grading multiple attempts, the graded item must have been set to allow multiple attempts when it was created. If the option for multiple attempts was selected, the option for grading will appear on the Grade Details page. Grades for all attempts are tracked in the Grade History.
The faculty member continues: “…of course there is no link to tell you what/where the “grade details page” is- maybe another week of searching will find it.” And finally, a puzzle: “I am still trying to find out how i check on an individual student’s multiple choice answers… any ideas?”