Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday - Download Your Grade Center for Offline Use

Last week we covered how to download written assignments for easy offline grading.  There is also a way to download your grade center for easy offline grading.

The two offline options together can be beneficial in many ways such as:
  • In case of inclement weather
  • Traveling as a passenger in a car or airplane without internet connection
  • On the beach with your favorite beverage :)
Here is this week's video tutorial showing how to download your grade center for offline use.

Note:  You do need to eventually enter these grades into the grade center manually or by uploading.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday - Download Files for Easy Grading

Most online courses here at Stevenson have students turn in papers and assignments in Word Document form.  This requires the instructor to download the document to view and grade it.

There is a way to do a 'bulk download' which allows the instructor to download all the student papers at once and into one folder for easy grading either offline or maybe on another device such as a tablet.  From here the instructor can grade and mark papers how they are used to doing it.

This quick video tutorial show you how to do that.

I don't want to ruin the surprise but I will say that with the new Blackboard update, that will take place this summer, there are many wonderful changes that will make grading easier.

Stay tuned for more information on that and feel free to sign up for any of the EdTech Events we have scheduled.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday - Spring Cleaning Your Blackboard Courses

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is shining (except for today...boo ).  Time for spring cleaning!!!

Did you know you can also spring clean your Blackboard courses, or at least what you view when you first log in?

If you are like me you probably log into Blackboard and have a huge list of courses to scroll through until you find the one you need.  Most of the courses you see are ones you want access to but don't look at on a regular basis.

While it would be wonderful if Blackboard would allow us to put courses into folders and customize the order etc, it just isn't there yet.  There is a little trick that can help you 'organize' a bit better.

Here is this week's video tutorial on Spring Cleaning Your Blackboard Courses.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tech Tip Tuesday - Grade Center Tips and Tricks

It's that busy time of year again for most of us with the ending of 8W1 courses, midterms and the beginning of 8W2.  You may have found yourself starring at your Blackboard Grade Center screen more than you hoped these past few days.  This gave me the idea to show you three tips that might help make your Blackboard Grade Center life easier.

Tutorial Covers:

1. Grade Center Short Link

2. Data Mining Test/Quiz Results

3. Grading Color Codes

Here is the short video tutorial.