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  • Calculating Final Grades – Setting up the Grade Center

    Weighted Total Columns A Weighted Column calculates a grade based on the result of selected columns, but unlike the Total Column, it does not simply add up points. Instead, it assigns a specific percentage (or weight) to each selected column, reflecting its importance in the overall course. For example, you might decide that quizzes represent 20% of the final grade,

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  • Providing Extra Credit Opportunities – Setting up the Grade Center

    It is a common practice that instructors assign extra credit work to help students do better in their classes. Thus, a student who has perfect scores in all regular work and also does the extra credit assignments will have an overall score over 100%. Blackboard allows extra credits to be given in three different ways:   Extra credit for the

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  • Curving Grades – Setting up the Grade Center

    Curving grades, in essence, involves adjusting the scores of a graded item to fit a predetermined distribution. This is often used to mitigate the effects of an unusually difficult test or assignment or to standardize grades in a course with a large number of students. The goal is to ensure that a certain percentage of students receive each grade, which

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  • Types of Columns in Bb Grade Center

    In Blackboard's Grade Center, there are two main types of columns that you can create: Individual Columns and Calculated Columns. Understanding the difference between these two types of columns and knowing when to use each one is relevant to effective grade management. Individual Columns Individual columns are created for each gradable item in your course. This includes assignments, tests, quizzes,

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  • Setting up the Grade Center Intro

    Understanding how the Grade Center works and using it to help you grading is an excellent idea and a time saver. It helps you as instructor because it takes away the burden of calculating grades manually. It also helps students since they can see their current grades at any point in time during the semester based on the work they

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  • Recap – Starting the Semester Strong with Blackboard

    Knowing how to navigate Blackboard essential tasks is an advantage because they allow instructors to copy course content from previous semester into the current one and with little modifications, the course would be ready in a breeze. If teaching multiple sections of the same course, merging them into one allows faculty to concentrate in only one course instead of many.

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  • Starting the Semester Strong with Blackboard

    Fully utilizing an LMS is an amazing help for faculty because their teaching will be easier and smoother in all regards. However, being able to perform essential tasks is imperative to alleviate and or avoid some of the hurdles that may happen at the beginning of the semester. Copying content from previous semesters, making necessary changes to have the course

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  • Maximizing Adobe Professional for Faculty Portfolios

    By Ana Marjanovic, Instructional Designer & LMS Admin, EdTech Have you ever felt overwhelmed while trying to compile numerous documents in various formats, scattered on your hard drive into a single file? It almost feels like a cluttered desk where you can't find the pen you just put down a moment ago. And let's not even talk about the painstaking

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  • Interactive Tools to Engage Students with Content

    By Wilfredo Rodriguez, EdTech Coordinator Introduction Student Engagement has been the subject of many discussions in higher education in recent years because most students appear disconnected from learning, regardless of whether the class is face-to-face, hybrid, or asynchronous. Despite faculty efforts to increase engagement, students do not respond, they arrive unprepared, and instructors are frustrated. As a result, poor grades,

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  • Learning Circles

    By Eric Ritholz, Online Learning Coordinator Office of Educational TechnologyOnline student engagement is essential to motivation and progress.  Cooperative Learning strategies can help achieve this through the use of group activity styles, assigning roles for individual tasks in a group activity, and assessment focused both on the group activity and individual contribution.  This can be taken a step further by

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