Blackboard Tips for Faculty and Staff
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#7 - Test Taking Tip – Do not use FORCE COMPLETION!
We recommend using a Timer with Auto-Submit and NOT setting Force Completion.
- Use the Set Timer in conjunction with Auto-Submit
When the Set Timer option is used in conjunction with Auto-Submit a timer appears when the student begins the test. The student is given a 5 minute warning and a 1 minute warning upon reaching the end of the set time.
If the student accidentally closes the browser, or loses the connection to the test, the student CAN access the course and test once their connectivity is resolved. The timer continues to record the time from the initial test entry. This results in less instructor intervention and less student frustration with the test.
Using the Auto-Submit feature is an added bonus because it will save and submit the student’s test when the time has lapsed. This alleviates issues with students not saving and submitting the test which causes the in-progress icon to appear in the grade center.
- DO NOT use the Force Completion setting!
The Force Completion setting on Blackboard exams allows students to enter the test only one time. If the student accidentally closes the browser, or loses the connection to the exam, the student cannot continue with the exam unless the instructor intervenes and resets the exam. For this reason, this setting is not recommended.
In addition, our Blackboard Support site has some Test Taking Tips that can ensure success on the student side:
Link to Student Support Resources - Look for Taking Tests
#6 - Blackboard Collaborate UNC's Virtual Classroom Tool
Blackboard Collaborate enables you to hold synchronous sessions – like a webinar or virtual office hours – in your online or hybrid courses. It is available in your Blackboard course now! Blackboard Collaborate provides you with default rooms as pictured below.
Link to Blackboard Collaborate Support Resources - Look for Session Types.
#5 - Emailing from the Grade Center
Did you know you can email students right from the Grade Center in Blackboard? In addition to grades, the Grade Center shows the last date that students logged in and whether they have submitted assignments or not. It is easy to send an email to students who have low grades or are late with assignments by selecting the check box next to their names in the Grade Center and choosing Email Selected Users.
#4 - Streamline Your Course List
Are there TOO MANY courses on your course list in Blackboard? You can make access to courses easier by either hiding courses, or moving courses to the top of your list. Use the little Gear at the upper right of the My Courses panel to streamline your course list and making finding your current courses easier.
#3 - Blackboard Help
The UNC Blackboard Support site is still available and has been updated to reflect the new version. You can access Help in two ways. From the Blackboard login page, look below the login for direct links to Faculty and Student Help. From inside a Blackboard course, select the menu in the very upper right corner of the screen and click on the question mark at the bottom of the menu. The following link takes you to the support site – add it to your favorites for easy access.
#2 - Course Copy
The most efficient way to copy a course from one semester to the next is to use the Control Panel, Packages and Utilities, and use the Select All button to copy everything in the course. Just be sure to only do this ONCE or you will end up with duplicates.
#1 - Transfer Grades from Blackboard to Banner
If you are tracking student grades in Blackboard, set up a Banner Final Grade column in the Blackboard Grade Center and automatically the grades will be transferred over to Banner at the end of the semester. For full instructions, see this document on our Blackboard Support Page.