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User Guide for Blackboard




      Prepared By




   Dr. Hoda Elebiary


     Assistant Professor
     College of Nursing
     Dammam University
Blackboard
Getting Started
An instructor has two options for viewing a course. By default a course is set to Edit Mode:
Off. This is a student's view of a course. In this view an instructor will not see empty Content
Areas or any of the editing tools in the course menu. To start editing your site the Edit Mode
button must be switched to On. In this tutorial you will learn how to turn Edit Mode: On.



 1. To start editing your
  Blackboard site click
the Edit Mode: button.




Blackboard Control Panel
In this tutorial you will learn how to use the new Blackboard Control Panel.




  The Control Panel is
      located In the
 navigation bar on the
 left, below the course
     menu buttons.
  The Control Panel
consists of 6 sections.
Click the double down
 arrow to open any of
   the menu items.
Course Tools includes the communication tools, Faculty
Information section (Contacts), building blocks (Final Grade
 Submission, DIIA Scanned Results), test manager, survey
               manager, and pool manager.




   Evaluation includes the Grade Center, Performance
Dashboard, tracking reports, and the Early Warning System.




    Users and Groups includes the group tool, adding,
              removing, and listing users.
Note: When listing students make sure to choose Not blank
          in the Starts with pull down menu.




Customization includes the properties of your course site.
You can change the style of your course, guest access, or
          remove any tools from student view.
Package and Utilities includes the course copy tool, import,
               export, and archive tools.




   Help includes the links and contact information for help.




Displaying courses on My Blackboard
In Blackboard, users may choose not to display courses from previous semesters on their My
Blackboard page. In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate to the Customize My Courses
page and edit your display options.
The following tutorial begins on the My Blackboard page, which appears when you first log in
to Blackboard.




 1. In the My Courses
  section, click on the
  Edit icon in the top
       right corner.




2. On the Customize
My Courses page, in
 the Display Course
 column click on the
  selection boxes to
choose which courses
will display on your My
 Blackboard page. A
 checked box means
   the course will be
      displayed. An
unchecked box means
the course will not be
       displayed.




              3. Click the Submit button to finish editing your displayed courses.




Course Management
Adding an item
Blackboard allows users to upload files to many different content areas. In this tutorial you'll
learn how to navigate to the content areas in Blackboard, and how to name, classify, and
upload your file. You can find more information about the variety of file types that are allowed
by clicking here.




1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
select a Content Area.
(Assignments, Course
   Documents, etc.)




 2. Select the Create
     Item button.
3. In the Content
 Information section,
 type a Name and list
any details/instructions
     in the text box
        provided.




 4. To add a document
from your computer, in
  the Attach Content
  section, click on the
Browse button next to
   Attach Local File.




5. In the browse dialog
 box, select your file,
  and click the Open
         button.




  6. In the Options
  section select the
 availability, tracking
option, and date/time
restrictions and click
       Submit.
Customize Menu
When you enter your Blackboard course you are presented with a list of links in the navigation
menu on the left side of the page. Instructors can modify these links by changing the link
names or eliminating unused links. Instructors have the option to include up to 10 different
areas for each course.
The Course Menu may contain any of the following types of links:

       Content Areas that hold course information such as Course Documents or
        Assignments.
       Tool Links which link to anyone of Blackboard tools such as the discussion board or
        the chat tool.
       External Links which link to URLs outside of the course.
       Course Links which link to other areas within the course.
       Sub Headers that allow you to catagorize the menu.
       Dividers that allow you to divide your menu.
In this tutorial you will learn how to add, modify, and remove menu items.

Adding Menu Items


1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
click the + button in the
 top left corner of your
          menu.




Modifying, Removing, and Hiding Menu Items


1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
click the double down
   arrows next to the
 menu item. You have
the option of renaming,
 hiding, or deleting the
          item.
Note: If you remove a
Content Area all of its
contents are deleted.
Moving Menu Items


1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
   click and drag the
arrow icon to the left of
 the menu item to the
    desired location.




Copy Course
Using Blackboard at UT Austin, only instructors of record are able to copy materials from their
previous courses. Teaching Assistants are unable to perform this function. In this tutorial,
you will learn how to copy materials FROM a previous course INTO a new course. You must
have an Instructor role in both courses to use this feature.



1. In the Control Panel
     area under the
Package and Utilities
   section of the OLD
     course, click on
     Course Copy.




  2. In the Select a
 Course section, click
on the Browse button.




 3. Scroll down the list
 and select the course
    to copy to. Click
        Submit.
   If you have many
courses, you can enter
 the unique number of
the destination course
in the Search area and
   click on the Search
    button. When the
    search results are
  returned click on the
Select button and then
       click Submit.




   4. In the Select
   Course Material
  section, select the
 course material you
want copied. DO NOT
 select Enrollments.




 5. Click the Submit
button to complete the
     course copy.




   6. You will receive a confirmation message by e-mail when the course copy is complete.



Combining Blackboard sites with CLIPS
The CLassroom Information PageS (CLIPS) have a tool that allows instructors to combine
individual course sections into a single Blackboard course. In this tutorial you will learn how to
access your course CLIPS site through UTDirect, and how to use the Class Set-Up tool to
combine your courses.



 1. To begin, go to the
    UT home page at
http://www.utexas.edu
. Click on the UTDirect
  logo at the bottom of
        the page.
2. Scroll down to
   CLIPS Inline Menu
    and verify that all
 unique numbers to be
      combined are
displayed. Note: If you
 do not see your Inline
Menu, follow the steps
outlined in this FAQ. If
  any unique numbers
  are not listed, please
       contact your
       departmental
 representative. If you
       need further
assistance, contact Jim
Whitten at the Office of
  the Registrar at 475-
   7660, or by email at
 ljw@mail.utexas.edu.
   Click on the unique
number of the primary
          course.




  3. In the left-hand
navigation, scroll down
to Class Set-Up area
   and then click on
Associated Classes.




4. In the Add/Remove
 Associated Classes
     area, select the
 secondary courses to
     be combined in
  Blackboard and then
click Submit Changes.
5. The changes will be reflected in the next data feed, usually on the next business day.



Import Archive
If you have archived a previous course site and want to import this material into an existing
course, follow these steps. Do NOT unzip the downloaded file because you will be using the
.zip file during the import process.




1. In the Control Panel
     area under the
Package and Utilities
 section, click Import
 Package/View Logs
 and then click Import
    Package button.




2. To add your archived
file from your computer,
       in the Select a
 Package section click
 on the Browse button.




 3. In the File Upload
dialog box, select your
 .zip file and click the
      Open button.




   4. In the Select
  Course Materials
  section, select the
materials to include in
 the import process.




          5. Click the Submit button, at the lower right, to finish the import process.




User Management
In this tutorial you'll learn how to navigate to the Enroll User area, and how to search for and
add a specific user. Before attempting to add a user, confirm that the user is not already
enrolled in your class.
To list all users, from the Users page enter the symbol % into the search box and click Go.
This action will usually be performed when adding a teaching assistant, a course builder, a
grader, or a guest to the course. In these instances, after you have added the user, you will
also need to modify the role of the user. You can find instructions on how to do this in the
Modifying a User tutorial.



1. In the Control Panel
area select Users and
    Groups and click
         Users .




2. Select Enroll User.
3. Enter individual's
EID username, select a
  role, and then click
Submit. You can enter
   multiple users by
  seperating the EID
   usernames with a
  comma (no spaces
between the username
     and comma).
   Note: Users are
enrolled with a Course
  role of Student by
        default.




In this tutorial you'll learn how to navigate to the List/Modify Users area, how to select the
user to be modified, and how to change the user's role .



1. In the Control Panel
area select Users and
    Groups and click
         Users .




2. Enter the individual's
username in the search
   box and click Go.
Note: You can search
  by Last name, First
name, or email address
 using the Username
 pull down menu. You
can also List All Users
 by entering a % in the
search box and clicking
          Go.
3. Click the double-
  down arrows next to
the person's name and
 select Change User's
    Role in Course.




4. Select a role option
  and click Submit.
 Available roles are:
       Student: User
           is able to
           access all
            available
       Course content
          and will be
           graded on
        Assessments.
      Instructor:
        User is able to
           control all
        aspects of the
       Course through
          the Control
             Panel.
       Teaching
          Assistant:
        User is able to
         control most
        aspects of the
       Course through
          the Control
             Panel.
        Course
        Builder: User
        is able to add
        content to the
       Course through
          the Control
             Panel.
     Grader: User
           is able to
access all
          areas under
         Assessments.
        Guest: Guests
           are able to
         view areas of
        the Course, but
             cannot
          participate in
            any way.



How do I access my CLIPs menu?
The CLIPs inline menu is usually located at the bottom of your UT Direct Home page. If you
can't locate it there follow these steps to access your menu.
Any questions regarding CLIPs should be sent to the Office of the Registrar.



 1. To begin, go to the
   UT home page at
http://www.utexas.edu.
 Click on the UTDirect
 logo at the bottom of
        the page.




   2. Scroll down to
  CLIPS Inline Menu
and click on the unique
number of the primary
        course.
Note: If you do not see
your Inline Menu, click
    on Sitemap >
    Academics >
      Classroom
 Information pages.
3. In the left-hand
navigation, scroll down
to the Instructor Info
area and then click on
    the Authorize
   Assistants link.



   4. In the text box
  provided, enter the
TA's EID username. If
you do not know your
TA's EID, you will first
 need to click on the
EID Search Page link.




5. Click on the Update
Authorization button.




 6. Assistants authorized through CLIPS will be listed as Teaching Assistants in Blackboard.
 The changes will be reflected in the next data feed, usually on the next business day. If you
DO NOT want an individual to have TA access to your Blackboard course, you may give them
                    student access by using the Enrolling a user tutorial.



                                        Communication tools


                                         Using the Collaboration tool
Using Discussion Board
Using Blogs & Journal

Blogs and journals
Blogs and journals enable public reflection with peer review and private reflection with teacher
review.
In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate to the Course Tools area, create a blog and
make it available to students.
1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
    switched to ON.




       2. Click Course Tools from the Tools area.




                         3. Click Blogs.



                     4. Click Create Blog.



                 5. Enter a Name for the blog.



       6. Enter any specific Instructions in the text box.
7. Click Yes to make the blog available to users.



8. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields
 to Limit Availability of the Blog. Click both the Display After
 and Display Until checkboxes in order to enable the date and
                         time selections.



 9. Determine the Blog Participation by clicking Individual to
                   All Students or Course.



     10. Choose between Monthly or Weekly index entries.



   11. Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Edit and Delete
                            Entries.



 12. Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Delete Comments.



                                      13. Click Submit.




Grade Center

Adding a column
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center and add a column.



 1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
 click on Evaluation,
   and select Grade
        Center.
2. Click the < to the
  right of the course
 menu to expand your
 Grade Center page.




    3. On the Grade
 Center page, on the
  top left, click on the
Create Column button.




   4. In the Column
  Information area,
enter a Column Name
     in the text box
provided, and a Grade
Center Display Name
 (This is optional and
will only display in the
    Grade Center).
5. Select a Primary
Display (Grades must
  be entered based on
 this selection and will
display in this format in
the Grade Center and
   My Grades) and a
  Secondary Display
     (optional). The
Secondary Display is
       denoted by
parentheses. Choose a
 Category, and assign
 the number of Points
       Possible.




6. In the Dates section,
    set the due date.




     7. Choose your
     Options for this
  column (Any options
referencing My Grades
    is referring to the
student view), and click
         Submit.




Adding Grades to the Grade Center
There are 2 options for entering grades in the Grade Center. Option A allows you to enter or
change a grade on the Grade Center spreadsheet. This option is recommended if you're
entering grades for an entire class. Option B allows you to enter a grade for one student and
view the Grade History.
1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
 click on Evaluation,
   and select Grade
        Center.




2. Click the < to the
 right of the course
menu to expand your
Grade Center page.




Option A: Entering
grades directly on
 the spreadsheet
   1. On the Grade
 Center page, click on
  the first cell in the
 column. Enter a new
   grade or edit an
  existing grade and
press Enter (Pressing
Enter saves the grade
and moves your cursor
  to the cell below).
  Note: Any changes
  made to a grade is
recorded and shown in
the Grade History.



Options B: Entering
grades using Grade
      Details
   1. On the Grade
Center page, mouse
over the grade cell to
view the double down
       arrows.




 2. Click the double
 down arrows in the
grade cell and select
View Grade Details.




  3. Click the double
 down arrows under
Value and select Edit
Grade to enter a grade
    and comments.
4. Enter a Value,
 Feedback to User,
and click Save to post
      the grade.




The Grade Center gives instructors more flexibility. Organizing the Grade Center allows you
to show/hide columns, re-order columns, and freeze columns. In this tutorial you will learn
how to organize the Grade Center.
Click here to learn how to enter grades into the Grade Center.



Showing and hiding
  columns in the
   Grade Center
   1. On the Grade
 Center page, mouse
 over the Manage tool
  and select Column
    Organization.




   2. On the Column
  Organization page,
 use the check box to
 the left of the column
   name to select the
       column(s).
3. Mouse over the
  Show/Hide tool and
   select your desired
option. Click Submit to
view the changes in the
     Grade Center.
Note: Hiding columns
 on this page does not
hide it from the student
view. You must modify
 the grade column and
select No for the Show
 in My Grades option.




Moving columns in the Grade Center

    1. On the Column
  Organization page,
 click and drag any part
 of the row up or down
in the list. Click Submit
to view your changes in
    the Grade Center.
Freezing columns
in the Grade Center
   1. On the Column
  Organization page,
   under Show in All
 Grade Center Views,
click and drag the grey
bar below any columns
you want frozen. Click
  Submit to view your
 changes in the Grade
        Center.




Weighting Grades
The Weighted Total column is a calculated column that can include columns or categories. (if
you've specified categories for your columns)
In this tutorial you will learn how to create a final grade based on the grades you've entered in
your gradebook.



   1. On the Grade
 Center page click the
 double down arrows
 next to the Weighted
   Total column and
  select Edit Column
     Information.
2. Scroll down to the
      Select Column
 section, choose which
 columns or categories
     to include in the
  weighted grade, and
click the > icon to move
    it to the Selected
      Columns: box.
Note: If you have more
  than 1 column in a
   category such as
  multiple homework
   assignments, we
  recommend using
 categories to weight
     your grades.



3. Enter your percentages in the
    boxes provided under the
Selected Columns: box. Total
weight must equal 100% for the
  system to calculate correctly.
   Note: Dropping the lowest
 grade is only available when a
       category is used.
                    "Equally"
                    means that
                each item in the
                  category gets
                      the same
                  portion of that
                     category's
                percentage, i.e.
                   if "Exams" is
                   worth 20% of
                 the final grade
                  and you have
                    two exams,
                  each is worth
                10% of the final
                  grade, period.
               "Proportionally
                   " means that
                      within the
                 category, items
                  that are worth
                more points get
                 a bigger chunk
of the overall
                  percentage for
                    that category,
                      i.e. for the
                 situation above,
                 if one of the two
                      exams was
                       worth 30
                  possible points
                    and the other
                    was worth 10
                 possible points,
                     the 30-point
                  exam would be
                    worth 15% of
                   the final grade
                 and the 10-point
                  exam would be
                      worth 5%.


4. Select Yes or No for
    the Calculate as
Running Total option.
 If Yes is select, a - in
 the gradebook is not
  calculated. If No is
     selected a - is
    calculated as a 0.




5. Scroll to the bottom
of the page and click
       Submit.




Download Grade Center Spreadsheet
In Blackboard, the grade book for each course can be downloaded, edited in a spreadsheet
program, and uploaded with the new information. Note: For best results, Instructors should
manipulate and upload a Gradebook that has been downloaded from the Blackboard
Learning System. It is not advised that Instructors create a new Gradebook from scratch then
upload it. You can find the tutorial for uploading a Blackboard Gradebook here.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center, and how to download a
Blackboard grade book spreadsheet.



1. In the Control Panel
      area, click on
 Evaluation and then
     Grade Center.




     2. On the View
  Spreadsheet page,
  click on the Offline
 button on the far right
   and then click on
       Download.



 3. On the Download
  Grades page, click
 Submit to download
the full Grade Center
spreadsheet as a tab-
     delimited file.



  4. Click the Download button. When the Save As dialogue box opens, name the file, and
                 click the Save button to finish downloading your grade book.



Upload Grade Center Spreadsheet
In Blackboard, the grade book for each course can be downloaded, edited in a spreadsheet
program, and uploaded with the new information. Note: For best results, Instructors should
manipulate and upload a Gradebook that has been downloaded from the Blackboard
Learning System. It is not advised that Instructors create a new Gradebook from scratch then
upload it. You can find the tutorial for downloading a Blackboard Gradebook here.
PC Users: The process works best if you save the file in Excel as .csv (comma-separated
values) and use Internet Explorer to upload the file.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center, and how to upload a
Blackboard grade book spreadsheet.
1. In the Control Panel
      area, click on
 Evaluation and then
     Grade Center.




     2. On the View
  Spreadsheet page,
  click on the Offline
 button on the far right
   and then click on
        Upload.



   3. On the Upload
Gradebook page, in the
 Choose File section,
   click the Browse
         button.




 4. In the File Upload
  dialogue box select
 your grade book file,
  and click the Open
 button. Then click the
     Submit button.



   5. On the Upload
 Grades Confirmation
page, click on the radio
  button to the left to
   choose the grade
  column you wish to
 upload from the file.



                                    6. Click Submit.




Assignment Tools

Adding an assignment
The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and
electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these
files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment
tutorials will guide you through this process.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Content Areas and add an Assignment to
your course.



1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
select a Content Area.
(Assignments, Course
   Documents, etc.)




 2. Click the Evaluate
   button and select
 Create Assignment.
3. In the Assignment
Information section,
type a Name and list
any instructions in the
  text box provided.




 4. In the Assignment
 Files section, use the
Browse button to attach
any files needed for the
       assignment.




   5. In the Grading
  section, assign the
   number of Points
Possible in the text box
        provided.
6. In the Availability
    section, set the
availability, Number of
 Attempts, Availability
 Dates, and tracking
         options.




 7. In the Due Dates
  section, set the due
      date. Note:
    Submissions are
   accepted after this
 date, but are marked
         Late.




  8. In the Recipients
      section, choose
        whether this
assignment is assigned
to individual students or
   groups of students.
 You must have groups
    created to use the
  Groups of Students
option. Note: The group
  option allows for one
  user in the group to
submit the assignment.
     It also allows the
  instructor to enter 1
   grade for the entire
           group.
9. Click the Submit
button to finish adding
   the assignment.




The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and
electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these
files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment
tutorials will guide you through this process.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Assessment area and access an
Assignment from the Gradebook.



 1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click the Evaluate link,
   and select Grade
        Center.
2. Click the < to the
 right of the course
menu to expand your
Grade Center page.




   3. On the Grade
Center page click the
 double down arrows
next to the assignment
         name.




 4. In the pull down
    menu select
  Assignment File
     Download.
5. On the Download
   Assignment page,
    select the files to
  download by clicking
 on the selection boxes
to the left of the student
 names or by using the
  Select All or Select
   Ungraded options.
 Then click the Submit
         button.




 6. On the Download
Assignment page, use
     the download
assignments now link
to save the files to your
  personal computer.
You may unzip the files
 by using compression
    software such as
   WinZip, Stuffit, or
    WinRar. You can
   download Aladdin
 StuffIt Expander from
  the BevoWare site.




The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and
electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these
files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment
tutorials will guide you through this process.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center and enter grades for an
Assignment.
1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click the Evaluate link,
   and select Grade
        Center.




2. Click the < to the
 right of the course
menu to expand your
Grade Center page.




   3. On the Grade
Center page, mouse
over the grade cell to
view the double down
       arrows.
4. Click the double
down arrows and select
 View Grade Details
  from the drop down
          menu.




    5. On the Grade
 Details page, under
the Attempts section,
  click the Action Link
(double down arrows)
 located next to the !,
    and select Open
        Attempt.
6. On the Grade
 Assignment page, in
   the Grade Current
    Attempt section,
 assign a Grade, enter
  your feedback in the
  Comments text box,
  and use the Browse
     button to attach
     documents to be
      returned to the
       student. The
    Instructor Notes
  section can only be
  used and viewed by
 instructors, TA's, and
          graders.
   Click the Submit
  button to assign the
         grade.



7. Back on the Grade
Details page, use the
 Jump to User: pull
down menu to move to
   another student.




Clearing an attempt
The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and
electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these
files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment
tutorials will guide you through this process.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Assessment area and clear an attempt to
allow a student to resubmit an assignment.
1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click the Evaluate link,
   and select Grade
        Center.




2. Click the < to the
 right of the course
menu to expand your
Grade Center page.




   3. On the Grade
Center page, mouse
over the grade cell to
view the double down
       arrows.
4. Click the double
down arrows and select
 View Grade Details
  from the drop down
          menu.




    5. On the Grade
 Details page, under
the Attempts section,
  click the Action Link
(double down arrows)
 located next to the !,
    and select Clear
        Attempt.
  Note: You have the
 choice of clearing the
  student's attempt or
 Allowing Additional
Attempts. If you allow
Addition Attempts, you
will have a record of all
     submitted files.




Assessment Tools
An assessment is a series of questions an instructor presents to students. The purpose of the
assessment can be to evaluate concepts, provide drill and practice exercises, perform opinion
polls or administer course evaluations.

Types of Assessments
There are two assessment options to choose from:
Survey: The survey option creates assessments that record answers anonymously. Use this
when you want to perform opinion polls or course evaluations. Survey results are non-graded
and anonymous.
Quiz/Test: In the quiz/test option, you can assign point values to each question. Student
answers can be submitted for grading, and the results are recorded under each student entry
in the gradebook. The new version also has the option to randomize the answers in multiple
choice questions.

Types of Questions
There are seven basic types of questions you can use in assessments. These include:
   Multiple Choice
               True False
               Fill in the Blank
               Multiple Answer
               Ordering
               Matching
               Essay
Samples of these question types are available.
In addition, there are ten new questions types:

               Calculated Formula
               Calculated Numeric Response
               File Response
               Hot Spot
               Fill in Multiple Blank
               Jumbled Sentence
               Opinion Scale / Likert
               Short Answer
               Either / Or
               Quiz Bowl

       The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically
        become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and
        submit them through Blackboard.
       In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and create a
        test.
    

    

  1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click on Course Tools,
    and select Test,
 Surveys, and Pools.




    

   2. On the Test,
 Surveys, and Pools
  page click Tests.


3. On the Tests page
 click the Build Test
         button.




    

    4. On the Test
  Information page,
   enter a Name, a
   Description, and
Instructions in the text
 boxes provided. Click
  Submit to continue




    

5. On the Test Canvas
   page, mouse over
 Create Question and
 select a question. For
  the purposes of this
tutorial, select Multiple
         Choice.




    
6. On the Create/Edit
   page, enter the
 Question Text and a
Point Value in the text
   boxes provided.
Note: If Extra Credit is
  selected points are
 added to the score if
     the question is
answered correctly; no
points are taken away if
   the questions are
 answered incorrectly.

    

   7. In the Answers
   section, select the
  Number of Answers
  from the drop down
menu. Enter the text for
the Answer choices in
      the text boxes
      provided, and
 designate the Correct
 answer by clicking on
the radio button to the
 left of the appropriate
       Answer box.


    

   8. In the Feedback
 section, enter the text
    for a Correct and
  Incorrect Response.
Click the Submit button
  to finish adding your
         question.




    

 9.Click the Submit
button to finish adding
your question.

    

10. You are returned to
the Test Canvas page.
  You can add another
   question, choose a
different question type,
  modify or remove an
   existing question, or
   change the order in
which the questions are
  presented. When you
 have finished creating
 your quiz, you can use
     the next tutorial:
    Making your test
         available.



The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to one of the Test area and make a test available.



1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
select a Content Area.
(Assignments, Course
   Documents, etc.)
2. Mouse over
 Evaluate and select
    Create Test.




 3. On the Add Test
 page, select the test
  you want to make
  available from the
  existing test menu,
   then click on the
    Submit button.




4. On the Test Options
   page, scroll down to
  the Test Availability
   section. On the first
 option, "Make the link
  available" select the
 Yes radio button. We
  strongly recommend
  against checking the
   Force Completion
           box.
5. Choose from the
 remaining options for
Test Availability, Self
   Assessment, Test
 Feedback, and Test
   Presentation, then
click the Submit button
 to finish making your
      test available.




The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Survey Manager area and create a survey.




  1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click on Course Tools,
    and select Test,
 Surveys, and Pools.




   2. On the Test,
 Surveys, and Pools
 page click Surveys.
3. On the Surveys
  page click the Build
     Survey button.




   4. On the Survey
  Information page,
   enter a Name, a
   Description, and
Instructions in the text
 boxes provided. Click
  Submit to continue




    5. On the Survey
 Canvas page, mouse
over Create Question
 and select a question.
For the purposes of this
 tutorial, select Multiple
          Choice.
6. On the Create/Edit
    page, enter the
Question Text for your
first survey question.




  7. In the Answers
  section, select the
 Number of Answers
 from the drop down
menu. Enter the text for
the Answer choices in
    the text boxes
       provided.




 8. Click the Submit
button to finish adding
    your question.
9. You are returned to
  the Survey Canvas
   page. You can add
    another question,
   choose a different
 question type, modify
 or remove an existing
question, or change the
   order in which the
      questions are
 presented. When you
 have finished creating
 your survey, you can
  use the next tutorial:
  Making your survey
        available.



The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Survey Manager area and create a survey.




  1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click on Course Tools,
    and select Test,
 Surveys, and Pools.




   2. On the Test,
 Surveys, and Pools
 page click Surveys.
3. On the Surveys
  page click the Build
     Survey button.




   4. On the Survey
  Information page,
   enter a Name, a
   Description, and
Instructions in the text
 boxes provided. Click
  Submit to continue




    5. On the Survey
 Canvas page, mouse
over Create Question
 and select a question.
For the purposes of this
 tutorial, select Multiple
          Choice.
6. On the Create/Edit
    page, enter the
Question Text for your
first survey question.




  7. In the Answers
  section, select the
 Number of Answers
 from the drop down
menu. Enter the text for
the Answer choices in
    the text boxes
       provided.




 8. Click the Submit
button to finish adding
    your question.
9. You are returned to
  the Survey Canvas
   page. You can add
    another question,
   choose a different
 question type, modify
 or remove an existing
question, or change the
   order in which the
      questions are
 presented. When you
 have finished creating
 your survey, you can
  use the next tutorial:
  Making your survey
        available.



The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to one of the content areas and make a survey
available.



1. Make sure your Edit
    Mode: button is
  switched to ON and
select a Content Area.
(Assignments, Course
   Documents, etc.)
2. Mouse over
 Evaluate and select
   Create Survey.




3. On the Add Survey
page, select the survey
   you want to make
   available from the
 existing survey menu,
    then click on the
     Submit button.




  4. On the Survey
 Options page, scroll
 down to the Survey
 Availability section.
  On the first option,
   "Make the link
 available" select the
  Yes radio button.




  5. Choose from the
 remaining options for
  Survey Availability,
Survey Feedback, and
Survey Presentation,
 then click the Submit
button to finish making
 your survey available.
The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard.
The Pool Manager allows instructors to store questions for repeated use. When building a
question pool, instructors can create new questions or they may add questions from existing
assessments or other question pools.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Pool Manager area and create a question
Pool.




  1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
click on Course Tools,
    and select Test,
 Surveys, and Pools.




   2. On the Test,
 Surveys, and Pools
  page click Pools.




 3. On the Pools page
  click the Build Pool
          button.




    4. On the Pool
  Information page,
   enter a Name, a
   Description, and
Instructions in the text
 boxes provided. Click
  Submit to continue




5. On the Pool Canvas
   page, mouse over
 Create Question and
 select a question. For
  the purposes of this
tutorial, select Multiple
Choice.




6. On the Create/Edit
   page, enter the
 Question Text and a
Point Value in the text
   boxes provided.
Note: If Extra Credit is
  selected points are
 added to the score if
     the question is
answered correctly; no
points are taken away if
   the questions are
 answered incorrectly.




   7. In the Answers
   section, select the
  Number of Answers
  from the drop down
menu. Enter the text for
the Answer choices in
      the text boxes
      provided, and
 designate the Correct
 answer by clicking on
the radio button to the
 left of the appropriate
       Answer box.




   8. In the Feedback
 section, enter the text
    for a Correct and
  Incorrect Response.
Click the Submit button
  to finish adding your
         question.
9.Click the Submit
button to finish adding
    your question.




  10. You are returned to the Pool Canvas page. You can add another question, choose a
 different question type, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which
  the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you can use the
                           next tutorial: Making your test available.



The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become items
in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard. Before using the following tutorial, you should first create a Question Pool
following the steps outlined in the Use the Pool Manager tutorial.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and create a test from
a question pool.



1. In the Control Panel area, on the right under Assessment, select the Test Manager link.
2. On the Test Manager page, click on the Add Test button.
3. In the Test Info section, type a Name, a Description, and list any Instructions for the test in
the text boxes provided.
4. Click the Submit button to continue.
5. On the Test Canvas page, use the drop-down menu to select the From a Question Pool or
Assessment option, then click the GO button.
6. On the Search Pools and Assessments page, in the Search window select from the list of
Pools. In the Question type area, use the selection boxes to select the question formats you
want to use, then click on the Search button.
7. When the Search results are returned, use the selection boxes to the left to choose which
questions will be added to your test.
8. Click the Submit button to finish adding your questions.
9. You are returned to the Test Canvas page. You can add more questions from different
pools, choose to create a new question, modify or remove an existing question, or change the
order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you
can use the tutorial: Making your test available.
The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an
item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through
Blackboard. Instructors can upload test questions into a Test using a document saved as a
Text file, (extension .txt). This document can contain multiple questions of different types in a
single file. Each question must be specifically formatted as explained in the Uploading test
questions FAQ.
In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and upload test
questions using a text document.
1. In the Control Panel
area, on the right under
Assessment, select the
  Test Manager link.




    2. On the Test
Manager page, click on
 the Add Test button.




   3. In the Test Info
section, type a Name, a
  Description, and list
any Instructions for the
 test in the text boxes
        provided.



  4. Click the Submit
  button to continue.




5. On the Test Canvas
 page, use the drop-
 down menu to select
the Upload Questions
 option, then click the
      GO button.



  6. On the Upload
Questions page, click
on the Browse button.
7. In the File Upload
  dialogue box select
your formatted text file,
  and click the Open
         button.




8. Enter a point value in
 the text box provided,
  then click the Submit
 button to finish adding
     your questions.




9. You are returned to the Test Canvas page. You can add more
questions from different pools, choose to create a new question,
 modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in
   which the questions are presented. When you have finished
  creating your quiz, you can use the tutorial: Making your test
                            available.



After students have completed a test or survey in Blackboard the system allows an
instructor/TA to view detailed results of each question. The results are in the form of
percentages for all question types except for fill in the blank and essay questions which list
each response individually.
In this tutorial you will learn how to view the detailed results of a test or survey.



 1. Scroll down to the
Control Panel section,
 click on Evaluation,
   and select Grade
        Center.
2. Click the < to the
  right of the course
 menu to expand your
 Grade Center page.




   3. On the Grade
Center page, click the
 double down arrows
next to the Test/Survey
  name, and select
 Attempt Statistics.




4. On the Assessment
Statistics page you will
  find percentages for
      each answer
       submitted.
After students have completed a test or survey in Blackboard the system allows an
instructor/TA to download the results into an Excel file. Question text and results can be
downloaded.
In this tutorial you will learn how to download the results of a test or survey.



 1. Scroll down to the
Contol Panel section,
 click on Evaluation,
   and select Grade
        Center.




 2. Click the < to the
  right of the course
 menu to expand your
 Grade Center page.
3. On the Grade
Center page, click the
 double down arrows
next to the Test/Survey
  name, and select
 Download Results.




 4. On the Download
Results page choose
the delimiter type and
   download format
 options and click the
  Click to download
      results link.




       5. On the File
  Download dialogue,
  click the Save button.
      When the Save
Asdialogue box opens,
name the file, and click
    the Save button to
finish downloading your
   Test/Survey results.
Articles in a Database or Online Journal – How to
Create a Link


You can create a link to many of the articles available through Library databases and online
journals.

In order to create a link to an article, you need to use a persistent link. These are sometimes
called persistent URLs, stable URLs or DOIs (digital object identifiers.)

Use Existing Persistent Links:

Some databases and online journals have persistent links to the article level. You can copy and
paste these URLs into your course page.

                              Example from an EBSCO Database:




CAUTION: In order for your students to be able to access the articles from off campus, the
persistent link needs to include the prefix for the Libraries’ proxy server. If the persistent URL
does not have this prefix, you can easily just add it to the front of the link. The proxy server
prefix is "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=".

If you are adding the link to your Blackboard course, use this prefix instead -
"http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=." By doing so, students will be passed
directly to the resource without having to log in again with their UT EID.

                                      Example from JSTOR:
Use the Stable URL in JSTOR but add "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=" before
http://links.jstor.org… or, if you are using the link in a Blackboard course, add
"http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=" before http://links.jstor.org...




Create a Persistent Link:

Not all databases and online journals provide persistent links to the articles contained in them.
In these situations, you must create your own persistent link using citation information as
follows:

1. Go to the Find an Article from a Citation page.

2. Fill in as much of the citation information as possible.




3. Click

If the article is available online in another database, you will be taken to that database. Keep in
mind that sometimes you will be taken to the article, and other times you will be taken to the
journal, volume or issue level, or the search screen for the database. In these cases, you will
want to provide your students with instructions on how to find the article from this point.

4. Click on "Other Options for the Resource."
5. You will be taken to the Find It @ UT menu. Click “More Options.”




6. Under How to Cite/Link, click “Save citation information.”
7. This will generate a citation and the persistent URL to use on your course page.




Usage Rights

Different online journal and database vendors provide different usage rights. There are 2 ways
to find out whether you have the right to use a persistent link on your course page:

1. The A-Z journal title link . When you enter in a journal title, click “Go”, see the result set
below, and choose the title that fits best. Then you will see a menu box. A Usage Rights link
will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in for the title.
2. Use the Find an Article from a Citation form . When you enter in all the data you have
and click on “Find it at UT,” you will see a list of results. Most likely the first item on the list is
what you want and when you click the link, generally you will be taken directly to the article.
But there will be a dark blue frame at the top of the article with text like this example:




You can click on “Other Options for this Resource” and get to a menu box. A
Usage Rights link will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in
for the title.

If you cannot find information about usage rights, please contact Ronda Rowe
(rrowe@austin.utexas.edu), University of Texas Libraries, for assistance.

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Blackboard

  • 1. User Guide for Blackboard Prepared By Dr. Hoda Elebiary Assistant Professor College of Nursing Dammam University
  • 2. Blackboard Getting Started An instructor has two options for viewing a course. By default a course is set to Edit Mode: Off. This is a student's view of a course. In this view an instructor will not see empty Content Areas or any of the editing tools in the course menu. To start editing your site the Edit Mode button must be switched to On. In this tutorial you will learn how to turn Edit Mode: On. 1. To start editing your Blackboard site click the Edit Mode: button. Blackboard Control Panel In this tutorial you will learn how to use the new Blackboard Control Panel. The Control Panel is located In the navigation bar on the left, below the course menu buttons. The Control Panel consists of 6 sections. Click the double down arrow to open any of the menu items.
  • 3. Course Tools includes the communication tools, Faculty Information section (Contacts), building blocks (Final Grade Submission, DIIA Scanned Results), test manager, survey manager, and pool manager. Evaluation includes the Grade Center, Performance Dashboard, tracking reports, and the Early Warning System. Users and Groups includes the group tool, adding, removing, and listing users. Note: When listing students make sure to choose Not blank in the Starts with pull down menu. Customization includes the properties of your course site. You can change the style of your course, guest access, or remove any tools from student view.
  • 4. Package and Utilities includes the course copy tool, import, export, and archive tools. Help includes the links and contact information for help. Displaying courses on My Blackboard In Blackboard, users may choose not to display courses from previous semesters on their My Blackboard page. In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate to the Customize My Courses page and edit your display options. The following tutorial begins on the My Blackboard page, which appears when you first log in to Blackboard. 1. In the My Courses section, click on the Edit icon in the top right corner. 2. On the Customize My Courses page, in the Display Course column click on the selection boxes to choose which courses will display on your My Blackboard page. A checked box means the course will be displayed. An unchecked box means
  • 5. the course will not be displayed. 3. Click the Submit button to finish editing your displayed courses. Course Management Adding an item Blackboard allows users to upload files to many different content areas. In this tutorial you'll learn how to navigate to the content areas in Blackboard, and how to name, classify, and upload your file. You can find more information about the variety of file types that are allowed by clicking here. 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and select a Content Area. (Assignments, Course Documents, etc.) 2. Select the Create Item button.
  • 6. 3. In the Content Information section, type a Name and list any details/instructions in the text box provided. 4. To add a document from your computer, in the Attach Content section, click on the Browse button next to Attach Local File. 5. In the browse dialog box, select your file, and click the Open button. 6. In the Options section select the availability, tracking option, and date/time restrictions and click Submit.
  • 7. Customize Menu When you enter your Blackboard course you are presented with a list of links in the navigation menu on the left side of the page. Instructors can modify these links by changing the link names or eliminating unused links. Instructors have the option to include up to 10 different areas for each course. The Course Menu may contain any of the following types of links:  Content Areas that hold course information such as Course Documents or Assignments.  Tool Links which link to anyone of Blackboard tools such as the discussion board or the chat tool.  External Links which link to URLs outside of the course.  Course Links which link to other areas within the course.  Sub Headers that allow you to catagorize the menu.  Dividers that allow you to divide your menu. In this tutorial you will learn how to add, modify, and remove menu items. Adding Menu Items 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and click the + button in the top left corner of your menu. Modifying, Removing, and Hiding Menu Items 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and click the double down arrows next to the menu item. You have the option of renaming, hiding, or deleting the item. Note: If you remove a Content Area all of its contents are deleted.
  • 8. Moving Menu Items 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and click and drag the arrow icon to the left of the menu item to the desired location. Copy Course Using Blackboard at UT Austin, only instructors of record are able to copy materials from their previous courses. Teaching Assistants are unable to perform this function. In this tutorial, you will learn how to copy materials FROM a previous course INTO a new course. You must have an Instructor role in both courses to use this feature. 1. In the Control Panel area under the Package and Utilities section of the OLD course, click on Course Copy. 2. In the Select a Course section, click on the Browse button. 3. Scroll down the list and select the course to copy to. Click Submit. If you have many courses, you can enter the unique number of the destination course
  • 9. in the Search area and click on the Search button. When the search results are returned click on the Select button and then click Submit. 4. In the Select Course Material section, select the course material you want copied. DO NOT select Enrollments. 5. Click the Submit button to complete the course copy. 6. You will receive a confirmation message by e-mail when the course copy is complete. Combining Blackboard sites with CLIPS The CLassroom Information PageS (CLIPS) have a tool that allows instructors to combine individual course sections into a single Blackboard course. In this tutorial you will learn how to access your course CLIPS site through UTDirect, and how to use the Class Set-Up tool to combine your courses. 1. To begin, go to the UT home page at http://www.utexas.edu . Click on the UTDirect logo at the bottom of the page.
  • 10. 2. Scroll down to CLIPS Inline Menu and verify that all unique numbers to be combined are displayed. Note: If you do not see your Inline Menu, follow the steps outlined in this FAQ. If any unique numbers are not listed, please contact your departmental representative. If you need further assistance, contact Jim Whitten at the Office of the Registrar at 475- 7660, or by email at ljw@mail.utexas.edu. Click on the unique number of the primary course. 3. In the left-hand navigation, scroll down to Class Set-Up area and then click on Associated Classes. 4. In the Add/Remove Associated Classes area, select the secondary courses to be combined in Blackboard and then click Submit Changes.
  • 11. 5. The changes will be reflected in the next data feed, usually on the next business day. Import Archive If you have archived a previous course site and want to import this material into an existing course, follow these steps. Do NOT unzip the downloaded file because you will be using the .zip file during the import process. 1. In the Control Panel area under the Package and Utilities section, click Import Package/View Logs and then click Import Package button. 2. To add your archived file from your computer, in the Select a Package section click on the Browse button. 3. In the File Upload dialog box, select your .zip file and click the Open button. 4. In the Select Course Materials section, select the materials to include in the import process. 5. Click the Submit button, at the lower right, to finish the import process. User Management
  • 12. In this tutorial you'll learn how to navigate to the Enroll User area, and how to search for and add a specific user. Before attempting to add a user, confirm that the user is not already enrolled in your class. To list all users, from the Users page enter the symbol % into the search box and click Go. This action will usually be performed when adding a teaching assistant, a course builder, a grader, or a guest to the course. In these instances, after you have added the user, you will also need to modify the role of the user. You can find instructions on how to do this in the Modifying a User tutorial. 1. In the Control Panel area select Users and Groups and click Users . 2. Select Enroll User.
  • 13. 3. Enter individual's EID username, select a role, and then click Submit. You can enter multiple users by seperating the EID usernames with a comma (no spaces between the username and comma). Note: Users are enrolled with a Course role of Student by default. In this tutorial you'll learn how to navigate to the List/Modify Users area, how to select the user to be modified, and how to change the user's role . 1. In the Control Panel area select Users and Groups and click Users . 2. Enter the individual's username in the search box and click Go. Note: You can search by Last name, First name, or email address using the Username pull down menu. You can also List All Users by entering a % in the search box and clicking Go.
  • 14. 3. Click the double- down arrows next to the person's name and select Change User's Role in Course. 4. Select a role option and click Submit. Available roles are:  Student: User is able to access all available Course content and will be graded on Assessments.  Instructor: User is able to control all aspects of the Course through the Control Panel.  Teaching Assistant: User is able to control most aspects of the Course through the Control Panel.  Course Builder: User is able to add content to the Course through the Control Panel.  Grader: User is able to
  • 15. access all areas under Assessments.  Guest: Guests are able to view areas of the Course, but cannot participate in any way. How do I access my CLIPs menu? The CLIPs inline menu is usually located at the bottom of your UT Direct Home page. If you can't locate it there follow these steps to access your menu. Any questions regarding CLIPs should be sent to the Office of the Registrar. 1. To begin, go to the UT home page at http://www.utexas.edu. Click on the UTDirect logo at the bottom of the page. 2. Scroll down to CLIPS Inline Menu and click on the unique number of the primary course. Note: If you do not see your Inline Menu, click on Sitemap > Academics > Classroom Information pages.
  • 16. 3. In the left-hand navigation, scroll down to the Instructor Info area and then click on the Authorize Assistants link. 4. In the text box provided, enter the TA's EID username. If you do not know your TA's EID, you will first need to click on the EID Search Page link. 5. Click on the Update Authorization button. 6. Assistants authorized through CLIPS will be listed as Teaching Assistants in Blackboard. The changes will be reflected in the next data feed, usually on the next business day. If you DO NOT want an individual to have TA access to your Blackboard course, you may give them student access by using the Enrolling a user tutorial. Communication tools  Using the Collaboration tool
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  • 33. Using Blogs & Journal Blogs and journals Blogs and journals enable public reflection with peer review and private reflection with teacher review. In this tutorial, you will learn how to navigate to the Course Tools area, create a blog and make it available to students.
  • 34. 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON. 2. Click Course Tools from the Tools area. 3. Click Blogs. 4. Click Create Blog. 5. Enter a Name for the blog. 6. Enter any specific Instructions in the text box.
  • 35. 7. Click Yes to make the blog available to users. 8. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to Limit Availability of the Blog. Click both the Display After and Display Until checkboxes in order to enable the date and time selections. 9. Determine the Blog Participation by clicking Individual to All Students or Course. 10. Choose between Monthly or Weekly index entries. 11. Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries. 12. Click the checkbox to Allow Users to Delete Comments. 13. Click Submit. Grade Center Adding a column In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center and add a column. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Evaluation, and select Grade Center.
  • 36. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. 3. On the Grade Center page, on the top left, click on the Create Column button. 4. In the Column Information area, enter a Column Name in the text box provided, and a Grade Center Display Name (This is optional and will only display in the Grade Center).
  • 37. 5. Select a Primary Display (Grades must be entered based on this selection and will display in this format in the Grade Center and My Grades) and a Secondary Display (optional). The Secondary Display is denoted by parentheses. Choose a Category, and assign the number of Points Possible. 6. In the Dates section, set the due date. 7. Choose your Options for this column (Any options referencing My Grades is referring to the student view), and click Submit. Adding Grades to the Grade Center There are 2 options for entering grades in the Grade Center. Option A allows you to enter or change a grade on the Grade Center spreadsheet. This option is recommended if you're entering grades for an entire class. Option B allows you to enter a grade for one student and view the Grade History.
  • 38. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Evaluation, and select Grade Center. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. Option A: Entering grades directly on the spreadsheet 1. On the Grade Center page, click on the first cell in the column. Enter a new grade or edit an existing grade and press Enter (Pressing Enter saves the grade and moves your cursor to the cell below). Note: Any changes made to a grade is recorded and shown in
  • 39. the Grade History. Options B: Entering grades using Grade Details 1. On the Grade Center page, mouse over the grade cell to view the double down arrows. 2. Click the double down arrows in the grade cell and select View Grade Details. 3. Click the double down arrows under Value and select Edit Grade to enter a grade and comments.
  • 40. 4. Enter a Value, Feedback to User, and click Save to post the grade. The Grade Center gives instructors more flexibility. Organizing the Grade Center allows you to show/hide columns, re-order columns, and freeze columns. In this tutorial you will learn how to organize the Grade Center. Click here to learn how to enter grades into the Grade Center. Showing and hiding columns in the Grade Center 1. On the Grade Center page, mouse over the Manage tool and select Column Organization. 2. On the Column Organization page, use the check box to the left of the column name to select the column(s).
  • 41. 3. Mouse over the Show/Hide tool and select your desired option. Click Submit to view the changes in the Grade Center. Note: Hiding columns on this page does not hide it from the student view. You must modify the grade column and select No for the Show in My Grades option. Moving columns in the Grade Center 1. On the Column Organization page, click and drag any part of the row up or down in the list. Click Submit to view your changes in the Grade Center.
  • 42. Freezing columns in the Grade Center 1. On the Column Organization page, under Show in All Grade Center Views, click and drag the grey bar below any columns you want frozen. Click Submit to view your changes in the Grade Center. Weighting Grades The Weighted Total column is a calculated column that can include columns or categories. (if you've specified categories for your columns) In this tutorial you will learn how to create a final grade based on the grades you've entered in your gradebook. 1. On the Grade Center page click the double down arrows next to the Weighted Total column and select Edit Column Information.
  • 43. 2. Scroll down to the Select Column section, choose which columns or categories to include in the weighted grade, and click the > icon to move it to the Selected Columns: box. Note: If you have more than 1 column in a category such as multiple homework assignments, we recommend using categories to weight your grades. 3. Enter your percentages in the boxes provided under the Selected Columns: box. Total weight must equal 100% for the system to calculate correctly. Note: Dropping the lowest grade is only available when a category is used.  "Equally" means that each item in the category gets the same portion of that category's percentage, i.e. if "Exams" is worth 20% of the final grade and you have two exams, each is worth 10% of the final grade, period.  "Proportionally " means that within the category, items that are worth more points get a bigger chunk
  • 44. of the overall percentage for that category, i.e. for the situation above, if one of the two exams was worth 30 possible points and the other was worth 10 possible points, the 30-point exam would be worth 15% of the final grade and the 10-point exam would be worth 5%. 4. Select Yes or No for the Calculate as Running Total option. If Yes is select, a - in the gradebook is not calculated. If No is selected a - is calculated as a 0. 5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Submit. Download Grade Center Spreadsheet In Blackboard, the grade book for each course can be downloaded, edited in a spreadsheet program, and uploaded with the new information. Note: For best results, Instructors should manipulate and upload a Gradebook that has been downloaded from the Blackboard
  • 45. Learning System. It is not advised that Instructors create a new Gradebook from scratch then upload it. You can find the tutorial for uploading a Blackboard Gradebook here. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center, and how to download a Blackboard grade book spreadsheet. 1. In the Control Panel area, click on Evaluation and then Grade Center. 2. On the View Spreadsheet page, click on the Offline button on the far right and then click on Download. 3. On the Download Grades page, click Submit to download the full Grade Center spreadsheet as a tab- delimited file. 4. Click the Download button. When the Save As dialogue box opens, name the file, and click the Save button to finish downloading your grade book. Upload Grade Center Spreadsheet In Blackboard, the grade book for each course can be downloaded, edited in a spreadsheet program, and uploaded with the new information. Note: For best results, Instructors should manipulate and upload a Gradebook that has been downloaded from the Blackboard Learning System. It is not advised that Instructors create a new Gradebook from scratch then upload it. You can find the tutorial for downloading a Blackboard Gradebook here. PC Users: The process works best if you save the file in Excel as .csv (comma-separated values) and use Internet Explorer to upload the file. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center, and how to upload a Blackboard grade book spreadsheet.
  • 46. 1. In the Control Panel area, click on Evaluation and then Grade Center. 2. On the View Spreadsheet page, click on the Offline button on the far right and then click on Upload. 3. On the Upload Gradebook page, in the Choose File section, click the Browse button. 4. In the File Upload dialogue box select your grade book file, and click the Open button. Then click the Submit button. 5. On the Upload Grades Confirmation page, click on the radio button to the left to choose the grade column you wish to upload from the file. 6. Click Submit. Assignment Tools Adding an assignment The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and
  • 47. electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment tutorials will guide you through this process. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Content Areas and add an Assignment to your course. 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and select a Content Area. (Assignments, Course Documents, etc.) 2. Click the Evaluate button and select Create Assignment.
  • 48. 3. In the Assignment Information section, type a Name and list any instructions in the text box provided. 4. In the Assignment Files section, use the Browse button to attach any files needed for the assignment. 5. In the Grading section, assign the number of Points Possible in the text box provided.
  • 49. 6. In the Availability section, set the availability, Number of Attempts, Availability Dates, and tracking options. 7. In the Due Dates section, set the due date. Note: Submissions are accepted after this date, but are marked Late. 8. In the Recipients section, choose whether this assignment is assigned to individual students or groups of students. You must have groups created to use the Groups of Students option. Note: The group option allows for one user in the group to submit the assignment. It also allows the instructor to enter 1 grade for the entire group.
  • 50. 9. Click the Submit button to finish adding the assignment. The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment tutorials will guide you through this process. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Assessment area and access an Assignment from the Gradebook. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click the Evaluate link, and select Grade Center.
  • 51. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. 3. On the Grade Center page click the double down arrows next to the assignment name. 4. In the pull down menu select Assignment File Download.
  • 52. 5. On the Download Assignment page, select the files to download by clicking on the selection boxes to the left of the student names or by using the Select All or Select Ungraded options. Then click the Submit button. 6. On the Download Assignment page, use the download assignments now link to save the files to your personal computer. You may unzip the files by using compression software such as WinZip, Stuffit, or WinRar. You can download Aladdin StuffIt Expander from the BevoWare site. The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment tutorials will guide you through this process. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Grade Center and enter grades for an Assignment.
  • 53. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click the Evaluate link, and select Grade Center. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. 3. On the Grade Center page, mouse over the grade cell to view the double down arrows.
  • 54. 4. Click the double down arrows and select View Grade Details from the drop down menu. 5. On the Grade Details page, under the Attempts section, click the Action Link (double down arrows) located next to the !, and select Open Attempt.
  • 55. 6. On the Grade Assignment page, in the Grade Current Attempt section, assign a Grade, enter your feedback in the Comments text box, and use the Browse button to attach documents to be returned to the student. The Instructor Notes section can only be used and viewed by instructors, TA's, and graders. Click the Submit button to assign the grade. 7. Back on the Grade Details page, use the Jump to User: pull down menu to move to another student. Clearing an attempt The Assignment Manager allows you to create an assignment that automatically becomes an item in your Gradebook. Students complete this assignment in a separate file and electronically send it back to you through the Course Menu. You may then download these files from the Gradebook and review them, before assigning a grade. The Assignment tutorials will guide you through this process. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Assessment area and clear an attempt to allow a student to resubmit an assignment.
  • 56. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click the Evaluate link, and select Grade Center. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. 3. On the Grade Center page, mouse over the grade cell to view the double down arrows.
  • 57. 4. Click the double down arrows and select View Grade Details from the drop down menu. 5. On the Grade Details page, under the Attempts section, click the Action Link (double down arrows) located next to the !, and select Clear Attempt. Note: You have the choice of clearing the student's attempt or Allowing Additional Attempts. If you allow Addition Attempts, you will have a record of all submitted files. Assessment Tools An assessment is a series of questions an instructor presents to students. The purpose of the assessment can be to evaluate concepts, provide drill and practice exercises, perform opinion polls or administer course evaluations. Types of Assessments There are two assessment options to choose from: Survey: The survey option creates assessments that record answers anonymously. Use this when you want to perform opinion polls or course evaluations. Survey results are non-graded and anonymous. Quiz/Test: In the quiz/test option, you can assign point values to each question. Student answers can be submitted for grading, and the results are recorded under each student entry in the gradebook. The new version also has the option to randomize the answers in multiple choice questions. Types of Questions There are seven basic types of questions you can use in assessments. These include:
  • 58. Multiple Choice  True False  Fill in the Blank  Multiple Answer  Ordering  Matching  Essay Samples of these question types are available. In addition, there are ten new questions types:  Calculated Formula  Calculated Numeric Response  File Response  Hot Spot  Fill in Multiple Blank  Jumbled Sentence  Opinion Scale / Likert  Short Answer  Either / Or  Quiz Bowl  The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard.  In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and create a test.   1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Course Tools, and select Test, Surveys, and Pools.  2. On the Test, Surveys, and Pools page click Tests.
  • 59.  3. On the Tests page click the Build Test button.  4. On the Test Information page, enter a Name, a Description, and Instructions in the text boxes provided. Click Submit to continue  5. On the Test Canvas page, mouse over Create Question and select a question. For the purposes of this tutorial, select Multiple Choice. 
  • 60. 6. On the Create/Edit page, enter the Question Text and a Point Value in the text boxes provided. Note: If Extra Credit is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly.  7. In the Answers section, select the Number of Answers from the drop down menu. Enter the text for the Answer choices in the text boxes provided, and designate the Correct answer by clicking on the radio button to the left of the appropriate Answer box.  8. In the Feedback section, enter the text for a Correct and Incorrect Response. Click the Submit button to finish adding your question.  9.Click the Submit button to finish adding
  • 61. your question.  10. You are returned to the Test Canvas page. You can add another question, choose a different question type, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you can use the next tutorial: Making your test available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to one of the Test area and make a test available. 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and select a Content Area. (Assignments, Course Documents, etc.)
  • 62. 2. Mouse over Evaluate and select Create Test. 3. On the Add Test page, select the test you want to make available from the existing test menu, then click on the Submit button. 4. On the Test Options page, scroll down to the Test Availability section. On the first option, "Make the link available" select the Yes radio button. We strongly recommend against checking the Force Completion box.
  • 63. 5. Choose from the remaining options for Test Availability, Self Assessment, Test Feedback, and Test Presentation, then click the Submit button to finish making your test available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Survey Manager area and create a survey. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Course Tools, and select Test, Surveys, and Pools. 2. On the Test, Surveys, and Pools page click Surveys.
  • 64. 3. On the Surveys page click the Build Survey button. 4. On the Survey Information page, enter a Name, a Description, and Instructions in the text boxes provided. Click Submit to continue 5. On the Survey Canvas page, mouse over Create Question and select a question. For the purposes of this tutorial, select Multiple Choice.
  • 65. 6. On the Create/Edit page, enter the Question Text for your first survey question. 7. In the Answers section, select the Number of Answers from the drop down menu. Enter the text for the Answer choices in the text boxes provided. 8. Click the Submit button to finish adding your question.
  • 66. 9. You are returned to the Survey Canvas page. You can add another question, choose a different question type, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your survey, you can use the next tutorial: Making your survey available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Survey Manager area and create a survey. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Course Tools, and select Test, Surveys, and Pools. 2. On the Test, Surveys, and Pools page click Surveys.
  • 67. 3. On the Surveys page click the Build Survey button. 4. On the Survey Information page, enter a Name, a Description, and Instructions in the text boxes provided. Click Submit to continue 5. On the Survey Canvas page, mouse over Create Question and select a question. For the purposes of this tutorial, select Multiple Choice.
  • 68. 6. On the Create/Edit page, enter the Question Text for your first survey question. 7. In the Answers section, select the Number of Answers from the drop down menu. Enter the text for the Answer choices in the text boxes provided. 8. Click the Submit button to finish adding your question.
  • 69. 9. You are returned to the Survey Canvas page. You can add another question, choose a different question type, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your survey, you can use the next tutorial: Making your survey available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to one of the content areas and make a survey available. 1. Make sure your Edit Mode: button is switched to ON and select a Content Area. (Assignments, Course Documents, etc.)
  • 70. 2. Mouse over Evaluate and select Create Survey. 3. On the Add Survey page, select the survey you want to make available from the existing survey menu, then click on the Submit button. 4. On the Survey Options page, scroll down to the Survey Availability section. On the first option, "Make the link available" select the Yes radio button. 5. Choose from the remaining options for Survey Availability, Survey Feedback, and Survey Presentation, then click the Submit button to finish making your survey available.
  • 71. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. The Pool Manager allows instructors to store questions for repeated use. When building a question pool, instructors can create new questions or they may add questions from existing assessments or other question pools. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Pool Manager area and create a question Pool. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Course Tools, and select Test, Surveys, and Pools. 2. On the Test, Surveys, and Pools page click Pools. 3. On the Pools page click the Build Pool button. 4. On the Pool Information page, enter a Name, a Description, and Instructions in the text boxes provided. Click Submit to continue 5. On the Pool Canvas page, mouse over Create Question and select a question. For the purposes of this tutorial, select Multiple
  • 72. Choice. 6. On the Create/Edit page, enter the Question Text and a Point Value in the text boxes provided. Note: If Extra Credit is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions are answered incorrectly. 7. In the Answers section, select the Number of Answers from the drop down menu. Enter the text for the Answer choices in the text boxes provided, and designate the Correct answer by clicking on the radio button to the left of the appropriate Answer box. 8. In the Feedback section, enter the text for a Correct and Incorrect Response. Click the Submit button to finish adding your question.
  • 73. 9.Click the Submit button to finish adding your question. 10. You are returned to the Pool Canvas page. You can add another question, choose a different question type, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you can use the next tutorial: Making your test available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become items in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. Before using the following tutorial, you should first create a Question Pool following the steps outlined in the Use the Pool Manager tutorial. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and create a test from a question pool. 1. In the Control Panel area, on the right under Assessment, select the Test Manager link. 2. On the Test Manager page, click on the Add Test button. 3. In the Test Info section, type a Name, a Description, and list any Instructions for the test in the text boxes provided. 4. Click the Submit button to continue. 5. On the Test Canvas page, use the drop-down menu to select the From a Question Pool or Assessment option, then click the GO button. 6. On the Search Pools and Assessments page, in the Search window select from the list of Pools. In the Question type area, use the selection boxes to select the question formats you want to use, then click on the Search button. 7. When the Search results are returned, use the selection boxes to the left to choose which questions will be added to your test. 8. Click the Submit button to finish adding your questions. 9. You are returned to the Test Canvas page. You can add more questions from different pools, choose to create a new question, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you can use the tutorial: Making your test available. The Assessment tools allow you to create tests and surveys that automatically become an item in your Gradebook. Students complete these assessments and submit them through Blackboard. Instructors can upload test questions into a Test using a document saved as a Text file, (extension .txt). This document can contain multiple questions of different types in a single file. Each question must be specifically formatted as explained in the Uploading test questions FAQ. In this tutorial you will learn how to navigate to the Test Manager area and upload test questions using a text document.
  • 74. 1. In the Control Panel area, on the right under Assessment, select the Test Manager link. 2. On the Test Manager page, click on the Add Test button. 3. In the Test Info section, type a Name, a Description, and list any Instructions for the test in the text boxes provided. 4. Click the Submit button to continue. 5. On the Test Canvas page, use the drop- down menu to select the Upload Questions option, then click the GO button. 6. On the Upload Questions page, click on the Browse button.
  • 75. 7. In the File Upload dialogue box select your formatted text file, and click the Open button. 8. Enter a point value in the text box provided, then click the Submit button to finish adding your questions. 9. You are returned to the Test Canvas page. You can add more questions from different pools, choose to create a new question, modify or remove an existing question, or change the order in which the questions are presented. When you have finished creating your quiz, you can use the tutorial: Making your test available. After students have completed a test or survey in Blackboard the system allows an instructor/TA to view detailed results of each question. The results are in the form of percentages for all question types except for fill in the blank and essay questions which list each response individually. In this tutorial you will learn how to view the detailed results of a test or survey. 1. Scroll down to the Control Panel section, click on Evaluation, and select Grade Center.
  • 76. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page. 3. On the Grade Center page, click the double down arrows next to the Test/Survey name, and select Attempt Statistics. 4. On the Assessment Statistics page you will find percentages for each answer submitted.
  • 77. After students have completed a test or survey in Blackboard the system allows an instructor/TA to download the results into an Excel file. Question text and results can be downloaded. In this tutorial you will learn how to download the results of a test or survey. 1. Scroll down to the Contol Panel section, click on Evaluation, and select Grade Center. 2. Click the < to the right of the course menu to expand your Grade Center page.
  • 78. 3. On the Grade Center page, click the double down arrows next to the Test/Survey name, and select Download Results. 4. On the Download Results page choose the delimiter type and download format options and click the Click to download results link. 5. On the File Download dialogue, click the Save button. When the Save Asdialogue box opens, name the file, and click the Save button to finish downloading your Test/Survey results.
  • 79. Articles in a Database or Online Journal – How to Create a Link You can create a link to many of the articles available through Library databases and online journals. In order to create a link to an article, you need to use a persistent link. These are sometimes called persistent URLs, stable URLs or DOIs (digital object identifiers.) Use Existing Persistent Links: Some databases and online journals have persistent links to the article level. You can copy and paste these URLs into your course page. Example from an EBSCO Database: CAUTION: In order for your students to be able to access the articles from off campus, the persistent link needs to include the prefix for the Libraries’ proxy server. If the persistent URL does not have this prefix, you can easily just add it to the front of the link. The proxy server prefix is "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=". If you are adding the link to your Blackboard course, use this prefix instead - "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=." By doing so, students will be passed directly to the resource without having to log in again with their UT EID. Example from JSTOR:
  • 80. Use the Stable URL in JSTOR but add "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?url=" before http://links.jstor.org… or, if you are using the link in a Blackboard course, add "http://ezproxy.lib.utexas.edu/login?auth=ezproxy&url=" before http://links.jstor.org... Create a Persistent Link: Not all databases and online journals provide persistent links to the articles contained in them. In these situations, you must create your own persistent link using citation information as follows: 1. Go to the Find an Article from a Citation page. 2. Fill in as much of the citation information as possible. 3. Click If the article is available online in another database, you will be taken to that database. Keep in mind that sometimes you will be taken to the article, and other times you will be taken to the journal, volume or issue level, or the search screen for the database. In these cases, you will want to provide your students with instructions on how to find the article from this point. 4. Click on "Other Options for the Resource."
  • 81. 5. You will be taken to the Find It @ UT menu. Click “More Options.” 6. Under How to Cite/Link, click “Save citation information.”
  • 82. 7. This will generate a citation and the persistent URL to use on your course page. Usage Rights Different online journal and database vendors provide different usage rights. There are 2 ways to find out whether you have the right to use a persistent link on your course page: 1. The A-Z journal title link . When you enter in a journal title, click “Go”, see the result set below, and choose the title that fits best. Then you will see a menu box. A Usage Rights link will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in for the title.
  • 83. 2. Use the Find an Article from a Citation form . When you enter in all the data you have and click on “Find it at UT,” you will see a list of results. Most likely the first item on the list is what you want and when you click the link, generally you will be taken directly to the article. But there will be a dark blue frame at the top of the article with text like this example: You can click on “Other Options for this Resource” and get to a menu box. A Usage Rights link will appear in this menu box if the rights have been entered in for the title. If you cannot find information about usage rights, please contact Ronda Rowe (rrowe@austin.utexas.edu), University of Texas Libraries, for assistance.