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2017

Hi,

 

We have explored all the options but not succeed on assigning the grader for particular test and when grader login to grade the test he/she can see only that particular test for grading and no other gradable item visible for that grader (like Delegated grading for assignment). 

As you know the graders when enrolled to a course will have access to all the gradable items in the course although we are looking to assign graders only for some specific tests.

 

Regards,

Anil

I have posted previously on the importance of showing students what success looks like in Blackboard courses.   Whether via a rubric or by the example of a previous student submission, letting students see how they can be successful with an assignment or activity in your course is generally a good idea.

 

This post will help you discover how to utilize a tool that your students will use in their activities by employing it to display course content or provide course communication. That’s right, you are getting two for the price of one!

 

wiki.jpgThe Wiki Tool

 

The wiki tool can be the most rewarding/frustrating tool in your arsenal of activities that you have in your Blackboard courses.  Providing students with instructions on how to use the tool is definitely important, but many times they don’t end up using it the way you intended.  This may be because they didn’t have an example or the 1 page example didn’t really show how a completed wiki should look.

 

Example: Use a wiki to display course topic or content.

 

Let’s say one of your course modules deals with Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development/Learning. Create a Wiki to display the content across multiple wiki pages:

  • Page 1 - Wiki Home – Overall introduction of unit
  • Page 2 - About Piaget - Biographical/historical look complete with picture
  • Page 3 - Cognitive Development: Explainer on Piaget’s theory
  • Page 4 - Cognitive Learning Today: Embedded video and text

 

Leave one page with places for your student to add their own text to the wiki demonstrating how a wiki should work in practice.

 

blog.jpgThe Blog Tool

 

In today’s day and age it easy to make the assumption that all students know how to use a blog or are familiar with journaling due to social media.  However, this is generally not the case as most social media posts are micro-blogs (very short 126 characters or less) and full of emojis, text-speak and hashtags.

 

Example: Use a Course Blog to summarize the week/topic/module, provide commentary on student performance and provide a look into the next week/unit/topic.

 

This example allows you to demonstrate how a blog works and allows you to communicate important news and information to your students.

Each week make a blog post that:

 

  • Summarizes what the students went over
  • Provides kudos for student performance
  • Provides encouragement for student struggles
  • Allows for commentary to point out important  details about the course content.
  • Gives students a preview/intro into the next unit.
  • Be sure to use multimedia so that students see what the blog can do.

 

*Use other communication tools in your course (announcements, e-mails, calendar entries) to remind students to check the blog. Be sure to encourage students to comment on your blog posts (a few bonus points for your top 3 commenters across a semester).

 

Both of these activities will give your students a good idea about how they can use these tools to complete the activities/assignments that you have placed in your course.

 

This strategy works with multiple types of tools/activities in and outside Blackboard.  Things like VoiceThread, GoogleDocs, course hashtags and many others are easy to pair with the “Seeing is Believing” idea.

 

Hopefully, by employing these types of strategies in your online/hybrid/web-enhanced courses, you can reduce student anxiety and increase student success!

This is it. Enjoy and farewell!

 

I’ll admit it…I resisted some aspects of technology in the classroom. But before you tear into me, hear me out. I was in North Carolina for 5 years and worked with 4 different systems, 2 just revolved around our gradebook, one was me building my own website so I could host content, AND we started playing around with Schoology (sorry Blackboard, not my call). “Deep adoption” wasn’t something I saw as important. My goal was to learn the bare minimum to be able to do my job, because “the next big thing” would replace whatever system we were on pretty darn fast.

 

Now that I’m on the other side I can see how frustrating my position was to the tech world too. There are A LOT of useful applications in Blackboard (and other LMSs), but driving deep adoption is a challenge. Once again, big props to the Community Site for making adoption a priority. As K-12 districts across the country continue to outfit their schools with Wi-Fi and devices I’m confident that the trend of “the next big thing” will die down and adoption will be less frustrating. It’s an exciting time to be in K-12, I’ve compared it to the wild west on more than one occasion. Districts upgrade at different times and usually individual schools have different needs when upgrading.

 

giddy up you LMS doggies

The only thing I know for certain is that there is a lot of awesome tech out there that integrates well into the classroom. The coolest examples for myself, and my students, were apps that used augmented reality to bring some pop into my lessons (I swear I tried not to be boring). Students got to use their own devices (what, you WANT me to use my phone?!?!) and I saw engagement shoot through the roof.

 

I'm glad that Blackboard has taken student engagement so seriously, because at the end of the day teachers and students both need to enjoy using whatever medium they adopt. The ultimate goal is more than the transference of knowledge from teacher to student, critical thinking is one of the great success stories in US education and I'm glad Blackboard is keeping this in mind.

I said I'd give you all, and Blackboard, a proper send off and I've been struggling with what to say. This has been an amazing experience. My internship gave me new work experience and has made my resume look awesome...but what I've really gained is a family. I'm not one for long goodbyes so I'll just leave this here.

 

Perhaps when the sun sets you always wish you'd done more with your day.

(showing my true colors here, adios)