- 1 Conventions to be Used in this Wiki
- 2 Wiki Important Points (Connecting with a VPN)
- 3 Places to Find Editing Tips
- 4 Places to find Wiki Help and Examples
- 5 Play Pages
- 6 Animated GIFS
- 7 Live or Prerecorded Sessions
- 8 Getting Help
- 9 Assessments or Grading
Conventions to be Used in this Wiki
- Articles and titles within articles are to be done in Title Case.
- Tool Functions, like Submit, will be emphasized with Bold Text
- Try to include a link to either the tool or the function within the tool at least once per topic. Eg. "When you want to migrate materials from CLEW to Blackboard use the CLEW_Import_Tool tool, and follow the onscreen prompts for selections of sites and tools".
Note, just right click on the Table of Contents for the Article which contains the section you want to refer to. Then click Copy Link Location (Firefox). Then in the link you are creating, click Paste. You don't need the entire link, start with two left square brackets, then only the page name followed by the #and_the_rest_of_the_link followed by the Pipe sign | then a space and the text you want to refer to followed by two right square brackets. Click Edit to see the example in this paragraph, and more information on this is found in the Wiki Tutorial. Internal Links.
- Phrases will be put into italics, to clarify messages that appear or steps that someone needs to complete.
- E.g. If you see Course website not available ... your professor either is not using a website for this course or has not yet made his/her course website available to students... If you want to upload another file, select Add Another File and repeat Steps 2 through 5 for each file you would like to upload.
Try where possible, to include the following headings in the documents we are converting. Some may not be appropriate, but hopefully, we can try to develop the contents where possible. The hierarchy of the page follows "==" main headings, "===" subheadings under those main headings, and "====" under the sub-heading topics if necessary.
- Overview or Main Concepts
- How To - specific steps for using the tool
- Issues / Considerations
- Best Practices (if applicable)
- Related Pages
- Templates at bottom
Images and Links
All images are to contain captions, and alt tags. Further, if necessary to position within the article, make use of the "thumb" text and by deafult it floats the image to the left margin, indicate a size by using "px350", and pipe bars between the components. E.g. "[[file:testimage.jpg|350px|alt="Testing Alt Tags"|Testing Alt Tags|right]]" See Media Wiki Help Images article for more information.
All links referred to in text, should contain a helpful contextual description, rather than a "click here" reference. For example "[http://www.anypage.com Anypage article on advanced basketweaving]".
Wiki Important Points (Connecting with a VPN)
If you are working off campus to edit the wiki, you will need to have a VPN installed.
ITS hosts knowledge base articles on how to download and implement Global Protect VPN for campus users.
Mac Users: Installing VPN: Macs
Mac Users - Known Issue with VPNIf the VPN gets stuck connecting
PC Users: Installing VPN: PC
Places to Find Editing Tips
Places to find Wiki Help and Examples
Instructor On Demand Videos
Blackboard Learn: For Instructors: The complete series of short video tutorials to help instructors learn how to use tools, design their courses, and assess students.
Understanding How Course Files How to manage your files in your course more effectively, by understanding how the site is organized, and how to link to materials through the Course Files interface.
Blackboard Learn: On Demand Tutorials: The complete playlist for the entire series of video tutorials for students and instructors.
Quick Hit Video Playlist: A series of very short videos that give an overview to new features in Blackboard Learn.
BlackboardTV on YouTube BlackboardTV is our official YouTube™ channel offering many different types of videos, including the On Demand videos. Some are produced by Blackboard and others are produced by institutions, IT professionals, teachers, and instructional designers. Topics range from a short overview of a new feature to longer recordings of webinars. Use existing playlists that group videos together or create your own.
Top 20 Questions that Need to be Addressed in this Wiki
- How do I log in?
- Where do I find my course?
- How do the students get enrolled?
- What happens when a student drops the course?
- How will I know when a new student is enrolled?
- Where do I go for help - technical, training, teaching, student services?
- How do I get to my student's work?
- Where do I enter grades?
- How do I get an assistant to help me on my course?
- How do I send an announcement to my class?
- Should I use my personal email?
- When do classes start, and how will I know my course is ready?
- How do I make changes to what is in my course?
- How do I upload a file and where is the best place to save it so students can see it?
- How do I put materials into the course so the students don't see, but I need for classes, or until my course site is ready to launch?
- How do I know that there may be students in trouble in the class?
- Where do I find out who has accessed the course or who hasn't?
- What are the deadlines for getting final grades in and how do I do that?
- How do I let the students know about deadlines?
- What do I do about student work that I think might be plagiarized?
Student On Demand Videos
Blackboard Learn: For Students: The complete series of short video tutorials to help students use the various Blackboard Learn tools to be successful online.
Working in Your Course: A playlist to help students learn how to access course content, take tests, turn in assignments, and other course related activities.
Staying Organized and Communicating: A playlist to help students use course tools to communicate and and manage course work.
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Building Courses Groupwork Assessments Assessments for StudentsAssessments for InstructorsGrading for InstructorsGrading for StudentsGroupwork for StudentsGroupwork for Instructors Getting Started Blackboard Collaborate Blackboard Collaborate for Students Blackboard Collaborate for Instructors BB Student BB Instructor Communicate&CollaborateGetting Started for StudentsGetting Started for Instructors FAQs-Instructors Template-3rdLevel GA TA:Getting Started University of Austin Texas FAQs
Live or Prerecorded Sessions
How can I offer online lectures/meetings in real-time?
- When deciding how to share course content, there are a number of factors to keep in mind. Have you already met the learning outcomes of your course? If not, is it critical to hold the classes as synchronous lectures, or can you post the materials online?
- If you decide to hold lectures, you can use the Virtual Classroom, a tool available in every course site. Note, however, that students’ access to technology and internet connections might make it difficult for some of them to attend, so you may prefer to record sessions in advance and let students watch on their own schedule. This can help mitigate technical problems, and ensure that all students can access the materials.
- You can also use PowerPoint to pre-record your lectures and link to / share the file from your OneDrive or other hosted file-sharing site.
- Please note that video and audio files should not be uploaded directly into Blackboard as they cause a huge load on the systems!
- Wherever possible, however, we encourage you to keep your solutions as simple and as low-tech as possible. Information about large files and how to manage them can be found here.
How can I pre-record lectures and videos?
How can I use PowerPoint to record a video?
Can I upload videos to Blackboard in my course site?
- Please note that video and audio files should not be uploaded directly into Blackboard as they cause a huge load on the systems!
- Wherever possible, however, we encourage you to keep your solutions as simple and as low-tech as possible. Information about large files and how to manage them can be found here. Please note that video and audio files should not be uploaded directly into Blackboard as they cause a huge load on the systems! Wherever possible, however, we encourage you to keep your solutions as simple and as low-tech as possible. Visit the article on managing large files.
Can students chat with each other or me in Blackboard?
- Blackboard Collaborate Ultra or known in your course sites as the "Virtual Classroom" provides the opportunity for a chat feature, in addition to a whiteboard, live audio, ability to record a session, and use breakout rooms. More on Blackboard collaborate in a short video on how to use chat, whiteboard and screen sharing.
- If you've read through the materials above and you are experiencing issues or errors, please file a ticket at http://www.uwindsor.ca/bbhelp and someone will assist you as soon as possible.
- Online support for using Blackboard Collaborate is available Monday - Friday, 9-5 pm in the Bb Cafe Organization site.
How do students learn about using Blackboard and the tools that are in course sites?
- Tutorials for you and your students on how to use the Virtual Classroom have been made available in your course sites. You will notice a new item in the left menu called “Virtual Classroom Tutorial” and that is where quick information on how to use the virtual classroom can be found. If you wish to suppress this, simply hover over the edit chevron icon to the right of that item, and you will see the option to “Hide Link.”
- Students have a resource page that will help them get started on common tools, such as discussion boards, journals, assignments and tests.
- All registered students have access to a Blackboard Student Orientation site, that contains practice assignments, tests, and other tutorials to help them learn and experience Blackboard. The site is called SO-18-19: Blackboard Student Orientation 2019-2020 and is located in their Courses list, where there is No Term Assigned at the bottom of the list.
Assessments or Grading
How do I set up something in Blackboard to receive my student's papers or files?
- In Blackboard, you can use the Assignments tool to give students instructions for your assessment, offer the location to upload files or enter content directly into a text editor. Students will receive an email upon successful submission. After submission, you can use the online annotation tools to provide feedback directly inline on the students' work, in addition to providing comments for feedback. You can also associate a rubric to the assignment where you can have preformed feedback based on criterion and levels of proficiency and you can add additional comments for feedback while providing a grade (if you choose to). The Assignments tool is powerful and packed with features. We do not recommend, however, using the Delegated Grading option found within the tools as there have been issues with this feature in the past. View a short video on how to set up the assignment and find it for grading.
How can I design an assessment that maintains academic integrity?
- For some suggestions on how to foster Academic Integrity in a range of assessments, please see the Fostering Academic Integrity page.
Can I use Blackboard Tests to replace the in-person exam I was going to use?
- This is not advised! While Blackboard Tests offer 17 different types of questions and are very useful for tests and shorter exams, it is not designed to replace long, high-stakes, or proctored exams. If you do use the test tool, we encourage you to break the exam into multiple components to reduce the chances that students will run into technical problems.
- Right now, online proctoring is also not available. Largely because of global demand, services that offer online proctored services are not able to keep up.
- For final exams, we recommend that wherever possible, you use alternate forms of assignments. Please see the Exams and Alternate Assessments During Disruptions page for some ideas to replace your final exams.
How can I give a student with a disability extra time on a test?
- If you are using the Tests, Surveys and Pools tool, there is a feature when deploying the test, that allows for exceptions including extra time, extra attempts or option to access the assessment on a different day/time. Read about the feature in Blackboard's help article on Test Exceptions.
How do I give a confidential grade to students online?
- How you grade online will depend on the assessments you’ve chosen, whether you have GAs or TAs to help you, and your preferred workflow. If you are using Blackboard tests, all of the objective questions will be graded automatically. Online assignments can be graded inline, using Blackboard’s annotation and feedback tool. If you have created a rubric for the assignment, it will also be available in this area. Any grades submitted here will automatically populate the grade centre. Assignments can also be downloaded and assessed outside of Blackboard – but do note that only the grades can be uploaded in bulk. Individual feedback would need to be uploaded individually. Visit UWindsor's Instructor Help pages for links to more information about online grading.
Can I choose not to have a final assessment?
- If the learning outcomes of your course have been met and assessed through 60 per cent or more of the final grade, then you might consider re-weighting previous assignments rather than holding a final assessment. If you choose this option, the following MUST still be true:
- No assessment can be weighted more than 50 per cent;
- All learning outcomes should have already been assessed; and
- At least 60 per cent of the final grade must have been completed in prior assessments.
- We also recommend that you offer an optional final assignment so that students who were depending on that final assessment to improve their grades will still have an opportunity to do so.
- Otherwise, the format and weighting of your final exam will likely need to be changed as a result of the transition to alternative delivery. Please see the Exams and Alternate Assessments During Disruptions page for some ideas to replace your final exams.
FAQ-Getting Started for Instructors or GA/TAs
- How do I get a course site?
- Is there a downloadable pdf quick instructor guide to refer to for common issues?
- Is there a list of videos, which contain materials just to get started with Bb at UWindsor?
- How do I clean up my course list? It is getting huge! (video 4:21)
- Export or Import Between Course sites (video 7:54)
- How do I add TAs or other Instructors to my course?
- How do I use my previous Blackboard site materials in a new course shell?
- How do I make my site available for students?
- Is there a Start of Semester checklist anywhere?
- How do I get an Organization (non-course) site?
- Where do I find some help about Copyright?
- Is there a policy about using digital resources in my course that students have to pay for?
- How do I hide unneeded courses?
- How do I regrade an assignment?
- How do I interpret a SafeAssign report?
- Where can I find examples of the test questions Blackboard offers?
- How do I import publisher questions?
- How do I show/hide grades from my students?
- How do I send (transfer) final grades to UWinsite Student?
- How do I import scantron results?
- What does this green checkmark mean?
- How can I avoid Grade Centre Gaffes, Goof-ups, and Gripes that others have found before me?
- How do I import Scantron files into the Grade Centre
- How do I export from Blackboard to eGrade?
- Is there a quick tip sheet for simple grading scenarios?
- How do I curve grades in Blackboard?
- How do I grade assignment submissions and use the online editor?
- I miss the Download / Upload All function in CLEW! What else is available?
- How do I avoid problems when using Delegated Grading?
- How do I add an extra credit mark into my Grade Centre?
- How do I resolve student issues with Tests?
- How do I upload grades from a spreadsheet?
- Why can't my students see the grades or feedback I left for them?
- How do I access existing graded assignments as I have to regrade one?