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Blackboard Training Session
Below are the Blackboard Training Sessions description for December 2017. The Grade Book is one of the most important components in the Blackboard Learn Environment. Students rely on the gradebook to keep up with their grades and status. Faculty use the grade book for reporting. We will discuss course and student reports, assignments, assessments, and grading tools. If you would like to attend training sessions, please contact Ms. Price. In order to sign up for the sessions please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Book Components
The Grade Book Components feature how to help instructors keep track of student work. In these sessions you will learn how to setup your grade center, create columns create a grading scale/scheme and look at settings within the course content.
I use weighted grades for all my classes so I will try to explain it. This shows how each grade is weighted toward the final grade, the score the student earns on the assignment, and how it all adds up to the weighted total.
Item Weighted % Student Grade Weighted Grade
Exam 1 12% 80% 0 .12 x 80 = 9.6
Exam 2 12% 70% 0.12 x 70 = 8.4
Exam 3 12% 76% 0.12 x 76 = 9.12
HW 7% 90% 0.07 x 90 = 6.3
Lab Quizzes 7% 80% 0.07 x 80 = 5.6
Lab Midterm 10% 84% 0.1 x 84 = 8.4
Lab Final 20% 86% 0.2 x 86 = 17.2
Lec Final 78% 0.2 x 79 = 15.8
This student has 80.42 out of a possible 100 pts. For the weighted total.
All you need to do in Blackboard is click on each grade column you want to go toward the weighted total and enter the weighted percent, then it does all the calculations as grades are recorded throughout the semester. For some assignments, like homework or lab quizzes, there are multiple assignments so I have a Homework Total column and use that for the weighted average.
I like weighted grades because if I give additional homework assignments or change the number of questions on an exam that change the total number of points, it still doesn't change how much that item is worth toward the final grade. I have used both weighted totals and point totals and I get the same number of questions from students about their grades. It is also easy for me to tell a failing student how much they need to bring their grade up. A student has completed 41% of grade after completing two lecture exams (24%), the lab midterm (10%) and half to the homework and lab quizzes (7%). If that student has a 65%, they need to average (70- (0.41x65))/0.59 = 73.47 or better for the rest of the semester to get to a passing 70%
Rather than using a Homework Total column, create a Category (Manage > Categories) and add all the homework assignments to it (Manage > Column Organization). The advantage of using Categories is that you can have a Total or Weighted Total calculate the category grade proportionally or equally, and drop any number of either the highest or the lowest grades. (Why you would drop a high grade is beyond me, but it is there.
We will cover this material in the training session. I agree that Weighted Total calculations can be confusing for the instructor and especially the student.
I have created a tutorial that goes over the calculation here, please print and prepare your sandbox course or one of your old courses to practice the steps:
Dates and Times:
December 4 – 8, 2017
English Enrichment Lab
1st Floor - Room 122
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! January is always a busy month but I wanted to make sure you had the instructor training schedule for the rest of the month. These free webinars offer a great way to get up to speed on the application for Tuskegee University Respondus. It’s updated frequently and posted at http://www.respondus.com/webinars/ .
Here are the January sessions:
LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor Instructor training
Quickly Create Online Exams: Respondus 4 and the Test Bank Network