DevCon: Do-It-Yourself Integration of Custom Learning Tools with Blackboard Gradebook

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Adding interactive elements to course content is becoming increasingly important with the growing interest in hands-on experiential learning. Blackboard provides many functionalities that engage students, including a broad range of integrated assessment options. Faculty and students are developing innovative web-based interactive laboratories and simulations, often with instantaneous automatic feedback and grading. While Blackboard provides several options for adding these learning activities to course pages, connecting to the course gradebook for grade/status reporting is more challenging due to the complexity of integration standards and limited user access.To provide a scalable solution to these challenges, a simple "do-it-yourself" service that connects to the Blackboard LTI tool, and enables a simple way to send grading information from multiple custom learning tools back to the Blackboard gradebook, was developed. The approach, plus a live step-by-step demonstration of a web-based laboratory with automatic grading, and code samples will be covered.


Presenters: Leo Burstein, Yuvaraj Gunasekaran