Anonymous grading practices are adopted by faculty to add a layer of impartiality and fairness to assignment grading. Faculty who’ve adopted this practice – or those interested in exploring the concept – will be excited to learn about the anonymous grading feature coming to the San Jac instance of Blackboard as part of our August upgrade.
After the upgrade, faculty can enable the anonymous grading feature in the grading options for a course assignment. Faculty can elect to schedule a date to disable anonymous grading or remove the student anonymity once all submissions are graded.
It is important to understand that anonymously graded assignments are not included in course average calculations or in Grade Center reports until anonymity is disabled – by date or once all submissions are graded.
Students are made aware of anonymously graded assignments when uploading their assignments and when reviewing grades through the My Grades tool. However, we do recommend faculty using the anonymous grading practice inform their students so they avoid including identifying information within the file they are submitting.
Setting availability and due dates for items and assignments in Blackboard is important so information is clear and readily available to students. However, it can be very time consuming to update these dates as you reuse content from semester to semester.
The Date Management Tool is one of the improvements the College will pick up as part of the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for August 2015. Using this tool, instructors can more easily adjust availability and due dates for their course within one convenient location.
All Blackboard items with dates are supported by date management,. These include:
Content, such as items, files, and audio.
Assessments, such as tests, surveys, and assignments.
Tools, such as discussions, blogs, journals, and announcements.
Faculty have long desired a true student preview mode in Blackboard. Good news! The wait is over. Student preview is one of the improvements the College will pick up as part of the Blackboard upgrade scheduled for August 2015.
In Student Preview mode, faculty will be able to view their Blackboard course sites from a student perspective, allowing them to review course content and ensure course settings are working as expected.