Blackboard Grading App & Date Management

Announcing the Blackboard Grader App for the iPad. Hanging out watching soccer practice? Stuck waiting for an oil change? Sipping a latte at the coffee shop on a lazy Saturday?

Dreading that huge stack of virtual papers to grade in Blackboard?

Just pull out your iPad! Starting today, you can easily review, provide rich feedback, and grade student submissions to Blackboard Learn assignments while on the go with the Bb Grader App for iPad. This brand new app is now available for you to download and use on your iPad.

With Bb Grader comes your most requested grading-on-the-go features:

  • Inline viewing of student submissions
  • Gesture-based interactions for grading and feedback
  • Audio and video feedback capabilities
  • Class-level and assignment-level views
  • Compatibility with Assignment Multiple Attempts, Group Attempts, and Rubrics

For more information about the feature of the Grader App click this link BbGrader Features or try this web page.  Visit the

iTunes app store and check it out.

When instructors set up a new course, they often have a desire to use a previous course’s content and settings as the basis for the new course. Instructors use Course Copy. Date Management gives instructors the ability to have the system automatically “shift” content and tool dates in a course in a highly efficient way. After the system makes this shift, an instructor sees all the dates in one place, and can further validate and tweak dates in a single user interface, which greatly streamlines the process.

The first thing that you need to do is to do is to be sure that the tool is turned on in your course.

  • Control Panel
  • Customization
  • Tool Availablility
  • Check box left column

In order to make it work for you there are some adjustments that need to be made.  Accessed on the Control Panel in the Course Tools section, you can choose to adjust dates automatically or individually from one convenient location.

The first step of date management is to decide if you want the system to automatically adjust the previous or current course item dates to new dates.

  • Select Use Course Start Date or Adjust by Number of Days to adjust the date accordingly.
  • You can also review all dates and adjust them later on the Date Management Review page

View the video to get a better idea of how it works.




Fall Preparations

Greetings!  I know that the summer has just started but I have received quite a few phone calls and emails regarding fall course preparation.  Banner should begin to populate fall course sites within the next few weeks.  There are a couple of things that you should know before you approach the preparation for fall.

  • When you copy your course please be sure to take the extra step of calculating the size of your course.  I have written new directions for the course copy process attached here:  CopyCourse Directions, please pay close attention to step #7. If you would like assistance creating a copy of a given course please let me know.
  • Currently the You Tube mash up for Blackboard is currently not working.  This causes any videos you embedded using the tool to not work.  In addition searching for YT videos is also not working.  Please know that Blackboard is working on the issue and as soon as the issue is resolved I will inform the Bb user community.
    • In the meantime there are a couple of ways to fix the current videos or include new videos that will work for you.  The attached directions will outline the methods for you Embed Video.  Additionally there is a video demonstration that was made by one  of your fellow faculty member (Ryan Keen) that demonstrates the “heavy lifting” method
  • For those of you that utilize publisher materials you should know that there are components that have been installed on Blackboard that will allow for an integration of your Blackboard site with the publisher site.  Middlesex has installed components to be used with Pearson (My Labs & Mastering), Cengage MindLinks, Mc Graw Hill Connect/Create, Wiley Plus, and MacMillan Launchpad.  This linked page contains information available from the publishers for both you and your students on how all of this works.