Last week I was at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference, which took place at UCD. Among some other updates, I was really excited to learn that a Student Preview feature is on the way. All going well, this will be available to all course instructors when we upgrade our systems during the Summer.
The Student Preview feature is something that we get asked about all the time, especially when it comes to viewing assessments, tests and grades. In the following video, you’ll get a glimpse of how it will work with adaptive release.
From my understanding, student preview means that you will view the course from a particular (dummy) student perspective. Each Blackboard course will have its own dummy student enrolled, and the instructor can switch to viewing the course from his/her perspective. You’ll even be able to submit work, or complete tests or surveys (as in the video), on behalf of the student. Then, when you grade that submitted work, and give feedback, you’ll be able to see how it appears from the student preview.
It seems that Blackboard has put a bit of thought into this new feature and I’m really looking forward to experiencing it.