Blackboard’s Course Analytics can give the instructor key insights into the ways that students use your tools, content, and assessments within the course. These reports can be useful in understanding what aspects of the online content are working well, seeing trends in student interactions, charting the relationship between time spent on Blackboard and the students’ grades, and comparing your use of Blackboard with other courses in your academic department.
Sometimes students submit the wrong file to an assignment area and need to resubmit their work. This walk-through demonstrates an easy way to give students an additional attempt on an assignment when they have already submitted the maximum number of attempts. This is often preferred to clearing attempts since it leave the original attempt intact. In order to do this the student must have already uploaded the maximum number of attempts.
Do you have a syllabus quiz that you give to students? The Office of Academic Initiatives and Integrity created some quiz questions that you can import into Blackboard to quiz your students on the U of A’s academic integrity policy. You can any or all of these questions and even add your own.
Did you know that you can import existing exams, quizzes, and surveys into Blackboard? For example if you would like to import the academic integrity quiz questions provided by the Office of Academic Initiatives and Integrity (found on TIPS) you can!
A great way to get anonymous student feedback is to create a survey through Blackboard. This allows you to ask students questions about teaching, course materials, assignments, and texts and get honest feedback (since it is anonymous). You can also give students a grade for taking the survey (to ensure student responses). Some instructors use surveys to ask students if they like the text book, the topics in the course, or what topics they would like to see in the future as well as asking questions for research purposes.
There are many different assignments on blackboard that you can use to engage your students. A great example of this is blogs. You can create a “course blog” which looks like Facebook and familiar social media, or you can create “Individual blogs” which posts as single blog entries instead of a list of all the student blogs. All students can see each others’ posts and can interact with one another.
Want to get your students excited about the subject? Try an assignment that uses mediums that already excite them!
Teaching about an event in history and need to give the students a brief overview? Rather than having them read about it, they can view short vintage video clips on NBC Learn.