I’ve designated Monday as “Getting Organized” day. So, how about Tuesdays being “Blackboard TechTips” day?
For those of you using Blackboard in the same way you’ve always been using it, be prepared to be surprised. Many of these tips are not even that new or earth-shattering, but I have a sneaking suspicion that not everyone knows about them.
Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorites: Linking an assignment to the Gradebook. Blackboard calls it “adding an assignment to a content area,” but I think my description really describes it better. This feature allows you to simply go into your course gradebook to see which students have submitted which assignments. And once you submit a grade for that assignment, it goes directly into the gradebook. For those of you still using the digital dropbox, believe me, this is a HUGE improvement. You will probably have very little use for the digital dropbox after you start creating your assignments in this way.
I have created a quick video tutorial that quickly (and easily) shows you how to do this. A picture (along with audio) really IS worth a thousand words. (If you want to view this video in a larger screen, then click this link.)
However, if you are a linear, textual learner, then here is a link that describes IN DETAIL how to use this feature in Blackboard: http://help.unc.edu/5472
Try this out and let me know if you have any problems or questions or comments. I love to get feedback.