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Blackboard - Assessing course work

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This guide teaches you how to assess and comment assignments in Blackboard. You will also learn how to do assessment work offline.

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Needs grading-page #

If you have a heavy grading workload, the Needs Grading-page can help you determine what needs attention first. You can view all items ready for grading or review. You can review and grade these gradable items:

  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Tests
  • Blog- and journal entries
  • Wiki pages

You can sort, filter, hide and grade the most urgent items first. For example, you can sort by due date to ensure you grade your assignments by your institution's deadline.

Access the Needs Grading-page #

  1. Under Course Management and Grade Center, you will find Needs Grading.

    Navigate to Needs Grading
  2. Here you get an overview of all assessments that are not yet graded:

    Overview of ungraded assignments

    You can simply click the name to open an assignment in the grading view.
  3. You can also filter and sort the list.

    Overview of Needs Grading page
    • You can click Grade All (A) to start grading all assessments. This function places all attempts in a queue for easy navigation. The items appear in the order you see them on this page.
    • The total number of items to grade (B) appears above the list of items. After you grade attempts, they don't appear on the Needs-Grading-page.
    • Use Filter (C) to narrow the list by category, items, user and date submitted.
    • To sort the list by a column, click the appropriate column title (D).
  4. Overview of Needs Grading page
    • If you click the arrow next to an elements name, a menu will pop up (A). Here you can select Grade All Users or Grade with User Names Hidden. Note that this only hides the username, and does not qualify as an anonymous assessment.
    • Click Show All (B) to display up to 1,000 items on one page.
    • Click Edit Paging (C) to change the number of items to view per page.
    • If students submitted work after the due date, the item will appear with a Late (D) label in the Date Submitted column.

Grading multiple attempts #

When you allow multiple attempts, you may not need to grade all of them, the Needs Grading-page automatically displays only the attempts that needs grading based on which attempt you choose to grade - first or last.

NB! If you allow four attempts and choose to use the last attempt for the grade, you'll see whatever attempt is last as the one to grade. So, if a student has made three attempts, the third attempt is currently the one to grade. If you grade that attempt, the student can still make another attempt. The next attempt will appear as ready to grade because it's the fourth and last attempt.

Assigning grades in the Grade Center #

You can assign grades in the Grade Center in these ways:

  • Access items to grade from the Grade Center or the Needs Grading-page. For some items, such as gradable blogs or discussions, you're taken to the tool where you assign the grade.
  • Manually assign grades in the Grade Center
  • Upload grades from an external source, such as a comma separated values file (CSV) or an Excel spreadsheet. You can work offline and then upload grades into the Grade Center.

You can assign grades in any cell in the Grade Center or from the Grade Details-page accessed from an assignment column's menu. When you type in a column, the grade will be an override grade.

Grade Center

Press the Enter key to save your entry. If you don't, you get this reminder:

Save Edit

To learn more about the Grade Center, click here: Overview of the Grade Center.

Inline assessment (box) #

Using the inline viewer (box) implemented in Blackboard, you can assess and annotate student files directly within the web-browser.

  1. Either click Grade All (A) to get all attempts in a queue, or click a single attempt to grade (B).

    Grade Assignment
  2. You are now in the assessment page. At the top you will find a menu that lets you Jump to... (1) to switch to another assessment, Hide User Names (2) and Refresh (3) to update the assessment page.

    Assessment menu
  3. You can easily navigate between assignments using the left and right arrows.

    Navigate between assessments

Tools for inline assessment #

Using the inline tool (i.e. in the web browser), you can highlight and comment different parts of the student assignment. Note that this only works for pdfs.

  • Point annotation
    • Point annotation lets you place a comment at any location within the assignment.

Inline assessment toolbar

  • Commenting highlighted text
    • Select text in order to highlight it (1) and add a comment (2) to the highlighted text.

In order to see your submitted comments, move the cursor to the symbol for point annotation (1) or the highlighted area (2). This also lets us delete the comment (3) or add a reply (4).

Comments and markups

Give assessment #

  1. To give an assessment (approved/not approved), go to the Grade window on the right.

    • Type a 1 or 0 for approved/not approved under Attempt (1).
    • You can write down a comment to the student (2). To write down a private message for only the instructors to see, click on Add Notes (3).
    • If you later on want to change the grade, click on the pencil-icon (4) and type in the new grade. Click the green check-mark to save. This will be an override grade.
    • Click Save Draft or Submit. You can find the assessment in the Grade Center. To learn more about the Grade Center, go to Overview of the Grade Center.

Grade Group Assignment #

You will find group assignments on the same place as individual assignments - on the Needs grading-page. You assess the group assignments the same way as individual assignments.

When you grade a group assignment, that grade is automatically given to all group members. But, you can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group. If you change a group member's grade and assign a new group grade, the new group grade won't affect the individual's new grade. Individual members only see their own grades, not what each member earned.

In the grading sidebar, select the pencil-icon to change the grade for a group member. Type a new grade and click the green checkmark to save it. This grade becomes an override grade.

Grade Group Assignment

Change a students grade

Download assignment #

You can download assignment submissions to review them offline. Choose to download all or only selected submissions as single ZIP-file. Unzip or expand the file to view the content.

  1. In the Grade Center, open the assignment column's menu and select Assignment File Download.

    Download assignment file
  2. On the Download Assignment-page, select the student submission to download (B) - OR - select the check box in the header bar to choose all available submissions (A). Click Submit.

    Download assignment
  3. Click the Download assignments now-link on the next page.

    Download assignment
  4. The students submissions will now be downloaded as a ZIP-file. You will find it in the downloads-folder on your computer.
  5. To return to the Grade Center, click OK.

To download directly from the Grade Assignment-page, click on the download button. Files you download one by one from the Grade Assignment-page won't include usernames. To avoid confusion, you should specify that students use a detailed file name that includes their last names or their usernames when they submit assignments.


Upload assessments #

After you review submissions offline and assign grades, you can provide grades and comments in the Grade Center. You can select the View Attempt in the drop-down menu of the column (or go directly to the needs grading-page). Here you can go through the student's work and add a grade, comment and files.

Upload commented file to student

Alternatively, you can type grades directly in the Grade Center-cells. If you type a grade for the first attempt for an assignment that you have allowed two attempts for, this grade is called an override grade. If you go on to grade the second attempt from the Grade Assignment-page, the override grade still supersedes the second attempt grade you assign. So, consider the ramifications before you assign grades directly in the Grade Center cells for assignments.

Download an entire column #

You can perform offline grading and import grades into the Grade Center.

  1. Open the Work Offline menu in the Grade Center and click Download.

    Download to work offline
  2. Select data to download. In this example we will download only the column for Assignment 2.

    Download grades
  3. Select file specifics and where you want to save the file (My Computer or the Content Collection). Click Submit and then Download.

    Download Options

Grade assessments in Excel #

  1. When you have downloaded the file, you can start entering grades.

    Grade in excel
  2. When you are finished with editing the file, you can upload it directly into the Grade Center. Save the file and click Upload in the Work Offline-menu. Select the file and click Submit.

    Grade upload confirmation
  3. The assessment will be added to the Grade Center.

    Grade uploaded

Finding your previously submitted grades #

After submitting the grade of an assignment, the assignment will disappear from the Needs Grading list. In order to find a previously submitted grade, we need to enter the Full Grade Center.

  1. Inside the full grade center, click the arrow next to the assignment you want to see the grade of. In the menu that appears, choose Attempt (date) (grade).

    Attempt 10/9/17 Approved
  2. This will open the grading panel, and you will be able to view your previously submitted grade. You may also edit it if you need to.

    Expanded grading panel

Plagiarism control - Using the Urkund web-inbox:

Urkund compares a submission with previously submitted texts and answers to assignments at NTNU and texts available via sources on the internet. The system performs an analysis and compiles a report indicating similarity in percentage (hit percentage) between the submitted text and texts in other sources. The report provides direct reference to sources and text in sources that have similarities.

See also #

Contact #

Orakel Support Services can help if you have questions or if you encounter difficulties.

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