Online Results Entry – new training dates announced

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Returning Grades webinar – covering the essential steps of final mark return, this one hour online session is suitable for all staff. The online format will be useful for anybody who is off campus, or who would prefer to get a live demo from the comfort of their office. There is no need to sign up in advance, just use the link below to join the session. http://tinyurl.com/celt-training-room1-guest

Dates for webinars: Tuesday 3rd May  @ 10am, Tuesday 10th May @ 10am, Monday 16th May @ 3:30pm, Thursday 19th May @ 3:30pm

 

Returning Grades workshop/drop in – similar to the webinar but offered onsite in the Arts Millennium building. This format will be useful for those who would like some hands-on support. Staff are encouraged to sign up in advance using the online registration form.

Dates for workshops: Wednesday 4th May @ 10am, Monday 9th May @ 10am, Thursday 12th May (Gaeilge) @ 2pm, Tuesday 17th May @ 10am.

 

Service Desk – individual support will be available via the servicedesk (email blackboard@nuigalway.ie)  for those with particular issues.

 

Please note that these general workshops and webinars will not be able to cater for individual School/Discipline/Programme procedures or workflows. However if support is required to help identify how the Grade Centre can work with internal workflows, we are happy to schedule a bespoke workshop for any group. Just email blackboard@nuigalway.ie to request such a session.

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Online Results Entry – Blackboard training/support update

To support the new Marks Return process using Blackboard, I’d like to let you know about the various supports available from CELT to support the Blackboard-related activities, up to the submission date of May 25th (May 9th for School of Medicine).

Following a review of the training/support available in January (for provisional results and the return of marks for visiting students) we will be offering the following supports for May:

Online resources – A one page checklist  and accompanying video demonstrating the essential steps. This will be hosted on our Teaching with Technology website.

Getting to Grips with the Grade Centre – a 2 hour workshop aimed at teaching staff who want to know more about how to use the Grade Centre for continuous assessment, feedback to students, and calculating overall marks. This will be offered initially on Wednesday 13th (pm) and Friday 15th (am) April.  Registration is now available.

Returning Grades webinar – covering the essential steps of final mark return. This will be offered online at various times after 3rd May (when Marks Return opens on Blackboard) and is suitable for all staff. The online format will be useful for anybody who is off campus, or who would prefer to get a live demo from the comfort of their office.

Returning Grades workshop/drop in – similar to the webinar but offered onsite in the Arts Millennium building. This format will be useful for those who would like some hands-on support.

Service Desk – individual support will be available via the servicedesk (email blackboard@nuigalway.ie)  for those with particular issues.

Please note that these general workshops, webinars or drop-in sessions will not be able to cater for individual School/Discipline/Programme procedures or workflows. However if support is required to help identify how the Grade Centre can work with internal workflows, we are happy to schedule a bespoke workshop for any group. Just email blackboard@nuigalway.ie to request such a session.

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Marks Return Timeline for 2016

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The Online Results Entry (ORE) team have just released the Undergraduate Marks Return Timeline for the return of module marks to Exams Office in May 2016.

Module marks can be extracted from Blackboard any time between Tuesday 3rd May and the deadline, 5pm on Friday 25th May. After that, the most recently extracted set of marks will be uploaded to Quercus. From there on, the process is exactly the same as in previous years – Broadsheets will be produced for the College Office in time for Exam Board meetings.

Late submissions or changes (after 5pm on Friday 25th May) will not be facilitated through Blackboard.

We’ll be announcing new workshops for performing the mark extraction on Blackboard very soon.

 

 

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Perform Extract now Closed

The “Perform Extract” feature is now disabled (no longer visible) on Blackboard.  This is to help signal to instructors that the return of marks via Blackboard, for international students, is closed.

 

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Generating module grade summaries

With the move to replace white sheets as part of the Online Results Entry (ORE) project, one thing that people are looking for is a quick and easy way produce grade summaries for a module, ideally broken down by course instance.

As luck would have it, Emma Holian in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics has produced such a tool and is willing to share it.

This app … was built to offer a service to NUIG academics to aid the process of reviewing grade distributions of their modules in preparation of External Examiner meetings, i.e. prior to uploading results to Exams Office.

The app is of particular benefit as it automates the summaries.  The app has been updated in July 15 following the NUIG changeover from using whitesheets to uploading marks via Blackboard. This app is now formatted to read directly from a downloaded copy of the Blackboard gradebook, and indeed can be used if you are a user that edits the gradebook offline since you can view grade distributions before uploading grades to Blackboard.

The app takes as input a csv file downloaded from the Blackboard Grade Centre, and produces a summary of the distribution of grades within that module.

Emma Grade Summary

A breakdown by course instance is also possible.

The data uploaded is not stored on the server and cannot be accessed by others.

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Grade Centre: No scroll bar on a Mac

We’ve had a couple of queries from people who are Mac users, reporting that they can’t access Grade Centre columns because there is no scroll bar appearing.

Here is an example:

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where the  instructor can’t access columns to the right. He reports:

On the Mac display, when going to Full Grade Centre I get only a limited view of the columns and there is no scrollbar which lets you scroll across the screen. This problem does not arise with the Windows version.

If you are seeing the same issue, Blackboard support have provided the following advice, which has worked for anybody reporting the issue so far:

please try this on the Mac laptop

– go to System Preferences

– go to General

– and next to Show Scroll Bars, select Always.

 

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Feedback on Bb Student app

The Bb Student app became available just over 3 weeks ago. Without the marketing materials, we haven’t been actively promoting to students, but I did ask a couple of people to take a look.

One student, who has had difficulty in the past accessing Blackboard using his Windows device, has come back with the following review.


 

I’ve downloaded the app now and given it an initial inspection.

First reaction:

  1. It does work, at least in its basic aspects.  That is, it found NUIG, me, and my course information.
  2. It seems to integrate well with Windows phone and the various apps on it.  I was able to access word, powerpoint, pdf, jpeg, and audio files without difficulty
  3. It has horribly patronising emoticons at various points where you succeed in doing basic things, using American language (“Swell” – ugh!)
  4. I found the navigation might be a bit suspect.  The WP back arrow doesn’t always seem to take you back to where you think you started – haven’t fully understood this yet, so may turn out not to be an issue.
  5. The presentation of information is, in some ways anyway, superior to the web interface (at least as rendered by Firefox).  Navigation seems intuitive (Stream/Courses/Marks/Due Dates), and I like the fact that you can dismiss announcements (haven’t looked for this in the Web interface, but it was obvious on the phone).  I realise that there’s an interaction between what the software does and what the instructors do, so it isn’t all about the software.
  6. I can see that it will be really handy around classes and on the road – but it isn’t obvious that it will replace a desktop/laptop for serious study.

Hope this helps – hopefully I’ll be able to give you further feedback in the light of experience.


 

So, a cautiously positive reaction. This is the first version of the app, and the intention is to develop it further to include additional functionality. But it looks like it might be a good start.

 

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