Student Quick Start

Student Quick Start
Student Experience
Logging In
The first step in using Blackboard Learn™ is to log in. Your institution will provide the URL,
username, and password.
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QUICK STEPS: logging in
1
In your browser, enter the URL.
2
Enter your Username and Password.
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Groups and Assignments
Student Experience
Exploring the My Institution Tab
After logging in to Blackboard Learn, the contents of the My Institution tab are
displayed. It contains the My Courses module which lists all the courses to which you
have access.
Figure 2
Take Note
A From the page header, go to My Places, your institution’s home page, Help, or
logout.
B
To select a course, click its title.
The My Institution tab also contains the following modules:
• Tools – view announcements, calendar dates, task reminders from instructors, and
grades for courses in which you are enrolled. Also, send email to all members of
courses in which you are enrolled.
• My Announcements – displays announcements for courses in which you are
enrolled. It may also contain announcements from your institution’s system
administrator.
• Optional modules – view other modules, such as My Calendar, My Tasks, and
What’s New.
Student Experience
The Course Environment
Each course will vary depending on the instructor and the institution. However, there
are some common features.
Figure 3
Take Note
C Page header – identical to the page header you saw upon logging in, including My
Institution and Courses tabs.
D Course Menu – the access point for all course content. Instructors decide which links
are available here.
E
Content frame – displays the selected tool or Content Area. By default, when you
enter a course, the Home Page appears. The instructor may change the default.
Student Experience
Accessing Course Content and Tools
Figure 5.1
Take Note
Access all course content from the Course Menu. It can contain links to the following:
A Content Areas – top level containers that organize and store course content, such
as lecture notes, assignments, and tests
B
Individual tools – such as the Discussion Board, Calendar, and Blogs tool
C External links – such as Web sites used for an assignment
D Course links – direct links to content also available in a Content Area
E
Module pages – pages that contain modules such as What’s New and My Calendar
Student Experience
Accessing Course Content and Tools
Course Menu Views
Figure 5.2
Take Note
You can change what is displayed in the Course Menu, and where the menu itself is
displayed.
A List View – displays the top level of the Course Menu only.
B
Folder View – displays the entire hierarchy of material. Expand and collapse folders,
and access links within folders.
C Display Course Menu in a Window – displays the Course Menu in a separate
window. The window can be moved to a different screen location.
D Expand or Collapse Menu – collapse the Course Menu for more viewing space in
the content frame. Use in conjunction with Display Course Menu in a Window to
customize the viewing area.
E
Collapse or Expand the Course Menu in the sidebar – collapse the links in the Course
Menu.
F
Go to Course Entry Page – return to the page chosen by the instructor as the starting
point.
Student Experience
Accessing Content in Content Areas
A Content Area can contain multiple components. For example, the instructor may
create a Content Area containing a week’s worth of course material, such as readings,
an assignment, a discussion forum, and an external link.
Figure 6.1
Take Note
To navigate Content Areas:
A On the Course Menu, click the name of the Content Area. The content appears in
the content frame.
B
In the content frame, click a link to access its content, such as a Discussion Board
link or a file link.
Student Experience
Accessing Content in Content Areas
The table below identifies some of the components commonly added to Content
Areas. In this workshop, the word item is used as a generic term meaning any one of the
components added to a Content Area.
SYMBOL
DESCRIPTION
Folder – further organizes content
Item – text or file
Assignment – link to an assignment
Course Tool or Course Link – link to a tool or other area in course
External Link – link to a Web site
Test – link to a test
NOTE: The system administrator selects the icon set for the institution so you may see
different icons than shown above.
Breadcrumbs
As you view the items and links presented in a Content Area, use the breadcrumbs to
navigate to previous pages. In the example below, click the title of the course in the
breadcrumbs to return to the course Home Page.
Figure 6.2
Changes to Assignments
Now when you attempt to submit an assignment with an attachment you will need to
tell Blackboard to “attach” the file.
1.) Click on the assignment.
2.) Select your file.
3.) Now click on the “Attach File” button
4.) You will see the filename across from the Attached files section.
5.) Now click “Submit” at the button of the page to complete the assignment.
Student Experience
Using the Tools Link
Figure 7
QUICK STEPS: accessing tools using the Tools link
1
From the Course Menu, click Tools.
2
Click the name of the tool to access.
The Tools link contains links to all of the tools the instructor has made available in the
course.
Presenting Content
Student Experience
Accessing a Learning Module
Learning Modules are used to package and present content. A Learning Module is
similar to a folder and allows instructors to organize related content together.
Students typically access Learning Modules from Content Areas.
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Take Note
A. On the Course Menu above, click the Units Content Area which holds a Learning
Module.
B. The Learning Module is designated by an icon.
The system administrator selects the icon set for the institution so you may see different
icons than shown above.
Student Experience
Viewing Content in a Learning Module
Depending on how an instructor sets up a Learning Module, students can view content
in one of two ways:
• Sequentially: material is viewed in a specific order.
• Non-sequentially: material is viewed in any order.
Figure 2.1 – Student view of a Learning Module’s first page
Take Note
A. On the Action Bar, click Next Page for sequential viewing. As you progress
through the Learning Module’s pages, the Previous Page function will be active.
B. On the Action Bar, click Contents to display a Table of Contents.
C. Use the breadcrumbs to return to the Content Area.
Student Experience
Viewing Content in a Learning Module
The Learning Module’s Table of Contents allows students to quickly see a list of
available items. A Learning Module can contain different content types, such as
discussion forums, assignments, and tests.
Figure 2.2
For non-sequential viewing, students can click any link in the Table of Contents. If the
instructor has selected sequential viewing, the items in the Table of Contents are not
links, are numbered, and must be viewed in order using the Next Page function.
Student Experience
Viewing a Glossary
Specific terminology and vocabulary related to the course can be presented in a
Glossary. A Glossary helps students find and learn definitions for course-related terms in
one convenient location.
The Glossary is found in Tools on the Course Menu. You can also add a link to the
Glossary directly on the Course Menu, within a Content Area, or within a Learning
Module. The Glossary below has been added to a Content Area.
Figure 3.1
Take Note
A. Click Glossary to open the Glossary page.
Student Experience
Viewing a Glossary
Glossary terms automatically appear in alphabetical and numerical order.
Figure 3.2
Take Note
A. To search for a word, click its first letter.
Testing 1
Student Experience
Accessing Tests
Students typically access tests from a Content Area. Instructors may provide information
below the test title, if desired.
Figure 1.1
After the test is selected, click Begin and the test appears. Any instructions provided by
the instructor are located at the top of the test. If the test is timed, the timer starts once
Begin is clicked.
Figure 1.2
Communication
Student Experience
Viewing the Calendar
Students can consult the Calendar to see events the instructor has added, such as:
• Reminders of course meetings and chat sessions
• Due dates for assignments and projects
• Suggested milestones to help keep students on track
By default, students access the Calendar from the course Home Page. It can also be
accessed by clicking the Tools link on the Course Menu.
NOTE: The instructor may rename links on the Course Menu.
Figure 3.1
Student Experience
Viewing the Calendar
Figure 3.2
If viewing by month, only the first few characters of the event title appear on the
Calendar. Click the link for details.
Figure 3.3
Student Experience
Viewing Course Tasks
The Tasks tool is used to keep track of work that must be completed. Each task has a
status and a due date. The instructor identifies the course tasks and adds them to the
list. The instructor may create a list of tasks for the entire term or just for a project.
Students can use this list to keep themselves on track and may be required to report
their status for each task.
Students access Tasks from the Tools link on the Course Menu.
Figure 4.1
Student Experience
Viewing Course Tasks
Figure 4.2
Take Note
F
Click a task link to view the description.
G The instructor can assign a level of priority for tasks:
• Low priority icon – an arrow pointing down
• Normal priority – no icon
• High priority icon – exclamation mark
H Click a task’s Action Link to access the contextual menu.
I
A student can select the status of the task:
• Not Started
• In Progress
• Completed
Student Experience
Finding Staff Information
On the Contacts page, students can view the instructor’s contact details, office hours,
and other personal data. They can also learn about teaching assistants and upcoming
guest speakers.
Students access this information by clicking the Tools link on the Course Menu and
selecting Contacts.
Figure 6
Student Experience
Sending Email
In your Blackboard Learn course, you can send email messages to other course
members’ external email addresses.
QUICK STEPS: sending an email
1
Access Tools and click Send Email.
2
On the Send Email page, click the link for the desired recipient group. A new page
appears.
3
For Select Users or Select Groups, click to select the recipients in the Available to
Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to move them into the Selected box.
4
Enter the Subject and Message.
5
Optionally, Attach a file.
6
Click Submit.
Figure 7.1
NOTE: From a Blackboard Learn course, you cannot send email to anyone who is not a
member of the course.
Student Experience
The Discussion Board
Depending on how the course has been set up, access the Discussion Board from either
the Course Menu or a Content Area.
Each Discussion Board contains one or more forums. A forum is an area where a topic
or a group of related topics are discussed. Within each forum, there can be multiple
threads.
In addition, special Discussion Boards can be set up for smaller groups of students by
using the Groups tool. Group Discussion Boards are available only to users who are
members of the Group. If a Group Discussion Board has been set up, access it from the
Groups link in the Course Menu or Control Panel.
Student Experience
The Discussion Board
The Discussion Board is commonly accessed from the Course Menu, although an
instructor may provide a link to it elsewhere.
Figure 1.1
Take Note
A The instructor may rename the link.
Student Experience
The Discussion Board
The main Discussion Board page displays a list of available forums. For each forum, the
page displays the total number of posts, the number of unread posts, and the number
of users who have participated in the forum.
Figure 1.2
Take Note
J
Click the forum title to view the messages. Forums containing unread posts appear
in bold.
K
View data on the number of posts and participants.
L
The Unread Posts column provides one-click access to the forum’s unread
messages.
Student Experience
Within a Forum
Within a forum, a list of threads is displayed. The following information is included for
each thread:
• Date: when the thread was created.
• Author: the person who created the thread.
• Status: indicates whether the thread is published, hidden, or a draft.
• Unread Posts: the number of posts not yet accessed.
• Total Posts: includes both read and unread posts.
Figure 2.1
Take Note
A Use the breadcrumbs to navigate to a previous page.
B
Check box allows for individual thread selection. Select the box in the header row to
select all threads.
C Click the thread title to read the posts.
D Search field hidden by default to save screen space.
E
View threads in either List View or Tree View.
F
Edit Paging allows you to enter the number of items to view per page.
Student Experience
Within a Forum
List View and Tree View
After clicking a forum title, all of its threads are displayed. The page can be viewed in
either List View or Tree View. This choice remains in effect until the student changes it; it
can be changed at any time.
In List View, threads are presented in table format. Threads containing any unread posts
are displayed in bold type.
Figure 2.2
Take Note
A Threads can be sorted by clicking the carat at the top of each column. If the carat
is not visible, click the column name to access the carat.
Using the Thread Actions drop-down list, students can flag important posts and delete
the flags.
Figure 2.3
Student Experience
Within a Forum
Figure 2.4
Take Note
F
Use the Message Actions menu to flag a selected post or mark it read or unread.
G The Collect feature is used to gather posts onto one page where they can be
sorted, filtered, or printed.
H Use Expand All to see all posts included in all threads.
Student Experience
Changing the Displayed Threads
The instructor sets the thread status (published, hidden, or draft), but students choose
which type of threads to display. By default, published threads are displayed.
QUICK STEPS: changing the displayed threads
3
Access the forum.
4
Select List View.
5
On the Action Bar, click Display to access the thread status options.
6
From the list, select the type of threads to view in the forum.
Figure 3
Student Experience
Changing the Displayed Threads
Thread Status
The table below describes the status settings for threads.
Thread Status
Definition
Published
A post with published status can be read and replied to by
other users.
Locked Thread
Users may read the thread, but no longer edit or add posts.
Locking a thread allows grades to be assigned without posts
being changed or updated. Unlocking a thread changes its
status to published, allowing users to edit and add to the thread
again.
Draft Thread
A draft thread is saved to Blackboard Learn™ by the author for
future editing, but is not submitted for publication. It becomes
available to other users when it is published.
Hidden Thread
A thread that is locked and not visible by default. Students may
choose to display hidden threads in List View, but may not reply
to postings.
Student Experience
Within a Thread
When a user clicks a thread, the Thread Detail page appears. The page is divided into
three parts:
Section 1: The Action Bar contains functions that allow users to select, flag, mark, or
collect posts.
Section 2: The Message List contains all the posts in the thread, beginning with the initial
post. The selected post is highlighted.
Section 3: The Current Post contains the text of the selected post.
Figure 4.1
Student Experience
Within a Thread
Figure 4.2
Take Note
A Subscribe or Unsubscribe: when subscribed to a thread, the user receives an email
alert when a post is updated or a reply is posted. The instructor must enable this
function when creating the forum.
B
Previous Thread or Next Thread arrows for navigating between threads in the forum.
C Arrange View functions:
• Swap Up or Down: moves the current message up or down in the display order.
• Hide or Restore: collapses or displays the threads.
• Maximize or Minimize: displays the entire list of messages, or the just the top few.
Student Experience
Replying to Posts
You can reply to posts if the thread status is published. You cannot reply to posts in
locked threads.
Figure 5.1
Student Experience
Replying to Posts
QUICK STEPS: replying to posts
3
Access the forum and select the thread.
4
On the Thread Detail page, click the title of a post.
5
Click Reply.
6
On the Reply to Post page, edit Subject, if desired.
7
Enter the reply in the Message text box. If desired, use the Text Editor.
8
To attach a file, browse using the Attach a File function below the Message text box.
Use the Text Editor to attach multiple files.
9
Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post or click Submit.
Figure 5.2
The original post may be viewed while replying as shown above.
Student Experience
Rating Posts
The Discussion Board is well suited for peer review. Students start threads and include
their work in their initial posts. Other users review the work, assign a rating to the initial
post, and may include comments in a response.
Rating posts also allows users to focus on messages considered especially informative or
useful by others. Depending on the forum settings, posts may be assigned a rating using
a 5-star system. The instructor may also rate posts.
QUICK STEPS: rating posts
1
Access the forum and select the thread.
2
On the Thread Detail page, select the post to rate.
3
Next to Your Rating, select 1 to 5 stars.
Figure 6.1
Student Experience
Rating Posts
The rating is now included in the Overall Rating, which is the combined rating of all
users. The individual rating appears in Your Rating. More stars may be added at any
time, but stars may not be deleted.
Figure 6.2
Student Experience
Creating Threads
Depending on which forum settings the instructor has selected, students may be
allowed to create new threads.
QUICK STEPS: creating threads
1
Access the forum.
2
On the Action Bar, click Create Thread.
3
On the Create Thread page, enter a Subject.
4
Enter your reply in the Message text box.
5
To attach a file, browse using the Attach a File function below the Message text box.
6
Click Save Draft to store a draft of the post or click Submit to create a thread.
Figure 7.1
Student Experience
Creating Threads
Format the message and add multiple files using the Text Editor, if desired.
Figure 7.2
The new message is the first post in the thread.
Figure 7.3
Student Experience
Collecting Posts
From the Thread Detail page, only one post can be read at a time. Use the Collect
feature to read multiple posts from the same page. Once posts are collected, they can
be filtered, sorted, and printed.
For example, a student posts a question to request help and seven classmates reply.
The initial post and the replies can be collected on one page and printed.
QUICK STEPS: collecting posts
1
Access the forum and select the thread.
2
On the Thread Detail page, select the boxes of the posts to collect.
3
On the Action Bar, click Collect.
4
On the Collection page, filter, sort, or print the posts.
Figure 8.1
TIP: The Collect feature is also available from the forum page, where it is used to gather
postings from different threads. Once collected, sort them by subject or date to further
organize them.
Student Experience
Collecting Posts
Figure 8.2
Sort options for messages include the following:
• Author’s Last Name
• Author’s First Name
• Subject
• Date
• Thread Order
• Overall Rating
Student Experience
Filtering Collected Posts
You can filter collected postings to further organize messages based on selected
criteria.
QUICK STEPS: filtering collected posts
1
On the Action Bar, click Filter. The Filter field expands.
2
Select one or more options from the drop-down lists.
3
Click Go.
Figure 9
Tags can be selected only if the instructor has enabled post tagging for the forum. Tags,
which are text labels that act like bookmarks, are discussed in the Managing Discussions
section of this manual.
Student Experience
Searching Posts
Students can search for specific text (a phrase, word, or part of a word) in the
Discussion Board.
QUICK STEPS: searching posts
1
On the Action Bar, click Search. The Search field expands.
2
Enter a search criterion in the Search text box.
3
Select an area to search from the drop-down list.
4
Optionally, use the date and time boxes to further narrow the search results.
5
Click Go.
Figure 10
A Search Results page will appear which you can sort using the Sort by drop-down list.
This page can also be filtered and printed using the functions on the Action Bar.
Student Experience
About Assignments
The Assignments tool is used to present a variety of learning activities to students,
allowing them to view and submit assignments from one location. Assignments can be
submitted as the following:
• Text entered on the Upload Assignment page
• Attached files
• A combination of both text and attached files
The Assignments tool provides several key benefits to students, including:
• Increased time-on-task with an efficient way to view and submit assignments
• Submissions returned with feedback only, allowing students to improve their work
before resubmitting for a grade
• Easier implementation of alternative assessment techniques, so instructors can
promote active learning
Student Experience
Viewing and Submitting Assignments
Students access assignments in a Content Area by clicking an assignment title. From the
Upload Assignment page, students can:
• View instructions and access files attached by the instructor
• Complete their submissions by entering text or attaching files
• Submit their work for feedback or grading
QUICK STEPS: submitting an assignment
1
From a Content Area, click an assignment’s title.
2
On the Upload Assignment page, review the Instructions and any attached files.
3
If instructed, enter text in the Submission text box.
4
If instructed, Browse to attach a file.
5
If desired, enter Comments for the instructor.
6
Click Submit.
Figure 1.1
Student Experience
Viewing and Submitting Assignments
Figure 1.2
Student Experience
Viewing Assignment Grades and Feedback
Students view assignment scores from My Grades, which displays a spreadsheet of their
grades for the course.
If the assignment has been submitted and graded, the points will be displayed.
Otherwise, a symbol will show in the grade column.
QUICK STEPS: viewing grades and feedback
1
On the Course Menu, click My Grades.
2
Click an item’s grade to see feedback.
3
Click an item’s exclamation mark to see if the submission has been returned,
ungraded with comments.
Figure 2.1
Student Experience
Viewing Assignment Grades and Feedback
The table below describes the symbols displayed on the My Grades page.
SYMBOL
DESCRIPTION
Submitted; waiting to be reviewed by the instructor
OR
Submitted; reviewed by the instructor and returned ungraded, with
comments
– (dash)
No information
Not submitted; item is in progress because the student has saved it as
a draft
Student Experience
Viewing Assignment Grades and Feedback
Student View of Submitted Assignment Results
Figure 2.2
Take Note
G The student attached a file to fulfill the assignment, which the instructor
downloaded to view and grade. In the example above, the student added his last
name to the file name before uploading.
H The instructor added a grade and feedback for the student.
Student Experience
The Journals Tool
Journals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with the instructor.
The owner of each journal can create an entry and the instructor can add comments.
When used in the Group area, all members of a group can view each other’s entries,
but the Group Journal can only be viewed by the group and the instructor.
Journals are ideal for individual projects. For example, in a Creative Writing course, the
student can refine a section of a writing assignment over a period of time by using the
comments made by the instructor.
Journals can also be used as a self-reflective tool that allows students to post their
opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related
materials. These assignments can be broad and student-directed as the students reflect
on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes.
Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Instructor-directed
journal entries can be more formal in nature and can narrow the focus by listing topics
for discussion.
QUICK STEPS: accessing the Journals tool
1
On the Course Menu, click the Tools link.
2
On the Tools page, click the Journals link.
Figure 3.1
Student Experience
The Journals Tool
Only the instructor can create journal topics. The journal topics will display in
alphabetical order on the Journals page.
QUICK STEPS: creating a journal entry
1
On the Journals page, click the desired journal title.
2
On the journal’s main page, click Create Journal Entry on the Action Bar.
3
On the Create Journal Entry page, enter a Title for the journal entry.
4
Enter text in the Entry Message text box. If desired, use the Text Editor to format the
text.
5
Under Journal Entry Files, browse for a file to attach to the journal entry, if desired.
6
Click Post Entry to submit the journal entry or click Save Entry as Draft to post the
entry later.
Figure 3.2
Note: Instructors have the option to make journals public so all course members can
read entries. From the main Journals page, under each journal title, students can see if
their entries will be private (between the student and the instructor) or public.
Student Experience
The Journals Tool
Figure 3.3
•
The instructions for the journal topic appear below the Action Bar.
•
Information about the journal appears on the right side of the page.
•
Any entries saved as drafts can be accessed by clicking View Drafts on the right
side of the Action Bar.
Student Experience
The Journals Tool
Figure 3.4
Images attached under the Journal Entry Files section will appear as a link in the
student’s journal. To display an image directly on the journal page, the image can be
added using the Attach Image function in the third row of the Text Editor.
Student Experience
The Journals Tool
Figure 3.5
Take Note
A The student’s journal entry appears below the instructor’s journal instructions. Below
the entry, the student can view if comments were made.
B
The About this Journal area provides at a glance information about the journal.
C The Index section lists the titles of the selected user’s entries for either the week or the
month, determined by settings the instructor makes during journal creation.
D The student can make another journal entry for this topic at any time.
Note: In this example, the student cannot edit or delete his journal entry. The instructor
determines if students can edit or delete entries during journal creation.
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Student Experience
The Blogs Tool
A blog—a shorthand term that means Web log—is a personal online journal that is
frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Each blog entry can
include any combination of text, images, and links. Blogs encourage people to clearly
express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social
learning. Blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and
provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.
In Blackboard Learn, only enrolled users can view and author blogs. The owner of the
blog creates multiple entries over a period of time and the instructor and course
members can add comments. In the Group area, all members of a group can create
entries for the same blog, building upon one another. Any course member can read
and comment on a Group Blog, but cannot make entries if not a member of the group.
Many blogs provide commentary on a particular subject. In a course setting, blogs
become the perfect arena for students to display their research, analytical, and writing
skills. For example, in a Horticulture course, students can track the crop production in
their weekly labs with each blog entry. In a Qualitative Research course, students can
speculate on and monitor the impact social networking has on marketing over a period
of time.
QUICK STEPS: accessing the Blogs tool
1
On the Course Menu, click the Tools link.
2
On the Tools page, click the Blogs link.
Figure 4.1
Student Experience
The Blogs Tool
Only the instructor can create blogs. The blog topics will display in alphabetical order
on the Blogs page.
QUICK STEPS: creating a blog entry
1
On the Blogs page, click the desired blog title.
2
On the blog’s main page, click Create Blog Entry on the Action Bar.
3
On the Create Blog Entry page, enter a Title for the blog entry.
4
Enter text in the Entry Message text box. If desired, use the Text Editor to format the
text.
5
Under Blog Entry Files, browse for a file to attach to the blog entry, if desired.
6
Click Post Entry to submit the blog entry or click Save Entry as Draft to post the entry
later.
Figure 4.2
From the main Blogs page, under each blog title, students can see if the blog belongs
to a group, the course, or to individual students. As stated earlier, Group Blogs can be
read by all course members, but to make an entry, you must be a group member.
The instructions for the blog appear below the Action Bar.
Student Experience
The Blogs Tool
Figure 4.3
Images attached under the Blog Entry Files section will appear as a link in the student’s
blog. To display an image directly on the blog page, the image can be added using
the Attach Image function in the third row of the Text Editor.
Student Experience
The Blogs Tool
A student’s blog entries appear in reverse-chronological order. Below the entry, the
student can view if comments were made and click the link to view them.
Figure 4.4
Student Experience
The Blogs Tool
Take Note
A The student can make another blog entry at any time.
B
Students’ ability to edit or delete blog entries is based on settings made when the
instructor creates the blog. Click the entry’s Action Link to access the contextual
menu and select Edit or Delete.
C Any entries saved as drafts can be accessed by clicking View Drafts.
D The About this Blog area provides at a glance information about the currently
selected blog.
E
The Index section lists the titles of the selected user’s entries for either the week or the
month, determined by settings the instructor makes during blog creation. The most
recent entry title appears first.
Student Experience
Sending Email
Figure 7.2
To select multiple users in a row, hold down Shift and click. To select users out of
sequence, hold down the Control Key and click individual users.
Important Tips
• Blackboard Learn keeps no record of sent emails. You will receive a copy of your
email in the Inbox of your external email account. Keep a copy of important
messages in case you need them at a later date.
• Blackboard Learn will NOT recognize files or email addresses with spaces or special
characters, such as #, &, %, $, and so on. Use only alphanumeric file names and
addresses in Blackboard Learn in general.
• Do not send email through Blackboard Learn without content in the subject line.
Leaving the subject line blank may prevent the message from being deliver.
Student Experience
Accessing My Grades
Students view their course grades from the My Grades tool. Grades are available by
default; however, instructors may choose to make a grade unavailable.
Students access My Grades from the Course Menu.
Figure 1
Student Experience
Viewing Grades
My Grades displays the following information by default. The instructor can customize
the information students see.
•
Item Name – each item is a column in the Grade Center, such as a grade
column.
•
Details – contains the description the instructor entered when creating the
column, or the default description if the column was automatically created.
•
Due Date – information appears only if the instructor entered a due date when
creating the column.
•
Last Submitted, Edited, or Graded – displays the date a student submitted the
item or the instructor graded or returned the item.
•
Grade – if the item has been graded, the grade is a link to the submission and
instructor feedback; if it has not yet been graded, a symbol shows the item’s
status.
•
Points Possible – value entered by the instructor when creating the test or
assignment, or when creating the column.
•
Comments – if the original grade is overridden, the instructor can provide
feedback to the user.
Figure 2
Student Experience
Viewing Grades
In the Item Name column, you may see rows displaying a Total and Weighted Total. We
will discuss those in more detail later.
In the Grade column, a symbol represents the item’s status.
The table below describes the symbols displayed on the My Grades page.
SYMBOL
DESCRIPTION
Submitted; waiting to be reviewed by the instructor.
OR
Submitted; reviewed by the instructor and returned ungraded, with
comments.
– (dash)
No information.
Not submitted; attempt in progress because the student has saved it
as a draft.
Item has been completed.
For example, for a survey, the check mark icon indicates the student
has completed the survey.
Error.
Grade exempted for this user.
Student Experience
Viewing Feedback
The content of the Submission History page varies depending on the item type. For
assignments, the submission is displayed with the instructor’s feedback, if given. For
assessments, only the grade is displayed.
Figure 3
Take Note
M The student attached a file to fulfill the assignment, which the instructor
downloaded to view and grade. In the example above, the student added his last
name to the file name before uploading.
N The instructor added a grade, feedback, and attached a file with comments for the
student.
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