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Introduction

Using online quizzes and the Blackboard Gradebook can be helpful to you and your students. As students progress through the course, they can receive immediate feedback on individual questions on quizzes as well as view their grades. Faculty can save time with automatically graded assessments and by using the convenience of the Gradebook features.


1.Use practice quizzes as a study tool for students.

Students can learn from their mistakes and many times need to understand which portions of the content they need to pay more attention to and study in more detail. This opportunity can be provided to them through practice quizzes. Faculty can set up online quizzes in Blackboard that will provide such automatic feedback to students prior to the final assessment of course content.


2. Give students instant feedback with online quizzes.

Students prefer immediate feedback. Allowing them to know their grades immediately gives students the opportunity to self-evaluate prior to a subsequent assessment and lets them know "where they stand" following the quiz. Faculty can set up the quiz to provide detailed feedback on each question or simply the right/wrong answer for each question.


3. Get grades automatically with online quizzes.

When students complete an online quiz, it is automatically scored and placed in the Gradebook. This feature is a great time-saver for faculty, particularly in large classes.


4. Monitor students’ progress with online quizzes through Blackboard.

Blackboard time stamps each quiz so you know whether the student took it within the allotted time. Quizzes can also be designed to cut off at a certain time and date. Therefore, if students do not take the quiz at the allotted time, they cannot get into the quiz at a later time. You may choose to clear the attempt to allow the student to retry.


5. Allow students to submit assignments electronically.

Word processed assignments can be submitted in assignments electronically. Faculty can then open the assignment, grade it, enter comments and corrections easily and quickly, and enter a grade for the student. This saves time and paper because the student or you do not have to print the assignment. To tell if a student has submitted an assignment, look in Gradebook. An exclamation point notes that the student has submitted the assignment and a pad lock indicates that the student has saved the assignment, but it is not ready for grading.


6. Use Blackboard Gradebook to give students access to their grades.

As assignments and quizzes are graded and placed in the Gradebook in Blackboard, students can quickly and easily access their grades. This access reduces the number of inquiries - phone calls and emails - from students wanting to know a grade. Students can also track their overall performance in the class.


7. Use the Blackboard Gradebook in conjunction with a spreadsheet.

All assignments don’t have to be processed through Blackboard. By exporting the Blackboard Gradebook into an Excel spreadsheet, for example, you may merge automatically graded and posted assignments within Blackboard with other assignments processed outside of Blackboard. Conversely, grades from a spreadsheet may be uploaded into the Gradebook so all student information is accessible in one location.


Additional Resources
  • BlackBoard Tutorials. This web page has tutorials on Blackboard Basics, Blackboard Communication Tools, Course Customization in BlackBoard, BlackBoard Assessment, and BlackBoard Content System.

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