Edit and Grade an Assignment

Editing assignment content or properties is fairly straightforward: click the the action menu link to the right of the assignment name, then select Edit. This menu also presents you with some additional editing capability including the following:

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There are four types of metadata:

  • General Information: Includes the title, catalog entry, source, entry, language, and a description of the item.
  • Lifecycle Information: Includes the creation date and time, contributors, name and role of author or editor, organization, and date of latest changes or updates.
  • Technical Information: Includes the format of the content item and its location.
  • Rights Management Information: Displays copyright restrictions and a description of any conditions on item usage.

 

In the statistics report you can check who has reviewed the item, and you can use Review Status as Adaptive Release criteria.You can check whether students can access your content items. If you have made a content item unavailable, the User Progress page indicates that the item is not visible to users. The User Progress page also lists Adaptive Release rules that affect the visibility of an item. If Review Status is enabled for an item, you can check which students have reviewed it and when they reviewed it.



Grade Assignments

In the control panel, expand the Grade Center menu and select Needs Grading:

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You can also go to Grade Center and locate assignments that need grading:

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The assignment disappears from the Needs Grading List and the score shows up in the grade center:

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Create a Test

Create an Assignment

To publish an assignment to your students, you must add it to a content area that is already on the course menu, or that you create by adding to the course menu.

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When creating an assignment for a specific group or groups, select Groups of Students to open a box that allows you to select any group that you have created in the course:

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Edit and Grade Assignments

 




The Participant Contribution Page

The page version and user's modification windows will be helpful when evaluating wiki contributions.

The Page Version column displays page titles and their corresponding version numbers. Click a title to view the page without annotated changes. The page opens in a new window. By default, the most recent page version is listed first.

The User’s Modifications column allows you to compare a page to its previous version. The Page Comparison also opens in a new window.

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Create an Assignment

Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Wiki Content

To create a page, go to the content area where the wiki link resides and click on the link.

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To edit wiki content, click on the wiki component in the content area, then select Edit wiki content. This will take you to the now familiar text editor into which you can add, delete, or other wise modify the content of that page.

You can add a comment by clicking the comment box on the page, then entering the comment into the resulting text box:
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Monitoring Participation and Grading a Wiki

If you have set the wiki to be graded, you will see a box title Participation and Grading on the top right side of the wiki page. If you have not set it for grading, this box will dsiplay as Participation Summary. In either case, clicking the box will display a page that provides details on each participant's contribution to the wiki. This page shows:

  1. Count of all pages created and the number of versions of each page
  2. Percent of total number of words added, deleted or edited in all pages of the wiki
  3. Count of number of times the Submit button has been clicked on an edited page
  4. Page saves as a percent of total number of pages


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To enter a grade for the user, click on the username in when viewing the participant contribution page. this opens up the Grade box on the right side of your screen; you can still access the page version and modifications pages as pop-ups to evaluate a participant's contribution while deciding on a score.


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View Participant Contributions



Create a Wiki

Wikis can be used for group assignments, for peer review (although there is a more formal tool for this in Blackboard: Self and Peer Assessment), as a knowledge and resource repository, or formal/informal learning community to increase student-student interaction.

To create a wiki, expand the Course Tools menu in the control panel, then:
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Setting Parameters for Your Wiki

Just like other tools, there are a number of settings that you will need to be aware of:

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*Closed to Editing can be used when you intend to be the only wiki user, e.g. when using it to clarify points immediately following a lecture. Students can view the wiki under this setting, they just can’t edit it. For a group wiki, the user must be a member of that group to edit wiki pages. These options can be changed at any time.

**Once a wiki is set to be graded, a column is created in the grade center and the setting can’t be reversed.


You can then add the wiki to a content area using the Add Interactive Tools menu:

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Create, edit, comment on, and grade wiki entries


Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Journal Entries

You can create journal entries in much the same way as you would a blog entry. You'll see the same types of commands and some familiar components of the interface. To create a journal entry:

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To edit an entry, click on the action link menu to the right of the entry name and select Edit:

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You will then be able to edit the entry via the text editor.


Comment on a Journal Entry

You can add a comment to any entry by clicking the Comment button. This will produce the Comment box popup where you can enter text:

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Grade Journal Entries

Access the journal topic page and select the entry or entries you want to grade by clicking on the user’s name in the side panel.

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Create a Wiki

 

Create a Journal

A journal is a private area where students can reflect on course content, activities, and exercises, flesh out ideas, and comment on course topics or themes - among numerous other potetnial uses. In blackboard, blogs and journals are essentially the same thing (to my way of thinking, but I'm sure that there are those out there who will disagree), the primary difference is that journals are private by default, i.e. only viewable by instructor and student. They can, however, be set for observation by an entire class.

You can add a journal through the Add Interactive Tool menu in a content area, but here, just to shake things up a bit, we're going to create one through the course tools menu and then link to it.

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Create, edit, comment on, and grade journal entries

Create, Edit, Comment on, and Grade Blog Entries

Click the content area that contains the blog then click the blog you wish to add an entry to:

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To edit an entry, click on the dropdown menu and select Edit
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The original post will open, and you can make any changes necessary to the message or an attachment.

To add a comment, select the Comment button on the bottom right of the blog entry:
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Enter your comment into the box, then select Add to post your comment:
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Grade Blog Entries

Access the blog topic page and select the entry or entries you want to grade by clicking on the user’s name in the side panel:

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Create a Journal



Create, Edit, and Reply to a Discussion Thread

To add a thread to a specific discussion board forum, click on the name of the forum then:

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You can also select Save Draft to save your post and publish it later. The post will show on the discussion board page with (draft) next to it, and will not appear to students. To publish, click on the post and click Edit to make changes; when you have finished with your changes, click Submit.

 

Edit or Reply to a Thread

On the discussion board page:

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Create a Blog