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Want to learn more about how to use Blackboard’s tools to help encourage academic integrity but you weren’t able to make it to the TIPS for Teaching with Technology on the subject? Check out our article about the event now!

Chris BrayChris Bray, a Blackboard Administrator from IT Services, presented March 25th and 26th on how to help promote academic integrity in your class through a combination of best practices, settings for assignments and quizzes, and how to gather information when submitting an academic integrity allegation form at the March TIPS for Teaching with Technology lunch. He also discussed what Blackboard Administrators can do to help you gather information and statistics about your course.

The most common chance for academic dishonesty arrises when students claim to have submitted a test or assignment when they haven’t actually done so.  When an instructor suspects that this is the case, then Academic Integrity Monitors get involved, and they want evidence to either validate or invalidate the students claim.

Blackboard Tools

Instructors have several tools at their disposal for tracking student activity and promoting academic integrity, including the following: 

Chris has some Grading recommendations that you may find helpful:

  • Ignore attempts or allow additional attempts instead of clearing an attempt for assignments and assessments.  This is because it still allows the student to attempt an activity again, but keeps a record of the previous attempt in case you need that in the future.
  • Do not choose clear attempts for all users for assignments and assessments unless you really, really mean it. 
  • If a student does not submit an assignment or test, enter a zero for the grade. Otherwise, they might not see it in My Grades.

System Tracking

He also discussed all of the different ways that the system can track the activities of the students as a way to see where something went awry.  If you contact, they can help you find out the details of a student’s connection, access records, and interaction with gradeable objects.

Instructor Help Resources

If you would like more information on how to incorporate technology into your courses, reach out to us at of computer with icons

For more information on Chris Bray’s suggestions, you can email him at

You can also view the session recording here:


This content was developed from a presentation by Chris Bray which was sponsored by the TIPS Team and The Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC) at the University of Arkansas.