Not sure if this has been mentioned. I have started teaching fully online classes in the last few years. I have noticed a difference in assignment submission rate between online classes and in-person classes. Students in online classes tend to forget an assignment is due - out of sight, out of mind. I began creating notifications for each assignment a few days before due date. This improved submission rate. However, this is time consuming and I sometimes forget, which is worse than not creating notifications at all, as students may grow to rely on notifications.
Suggestion - add a notification function when creating assignments. For example, have a date box for a date when you want a notification to be created on Blackboard and emailed out to the students. Could be like what the banks are doing now for payment alerts. You can set 3 days, 1 week, or on the due date, for sending out alerts. Make this optional for those that want to use it.
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