Blackboard Support – Informational Announcement –

SUBJECT:   Blackboard Upgrade – August 2015

WHO IT AFFECTS: All Blackboard Users

DETAILS:

The San Jacinto College  Blackboard system has been successfully upgraded. We are still finalizing updates on the Kaltura, Smarthinking, and WebAssign building blocks and expect these to be finalized by 8/18/2015.

At this time we are releasing Blackboard to faculty and students for normal operations. 

You can obtain information on the new Blackboard features on the EdTech blog site http://sjcblogs.sanjac.edu/edtech/

There will also be open lab sessions this week as follows:

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Central Campus, C-1.219, 9:00 -11:00 am
South Campus, S-12.214, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Friday, August 21, 2015

North Campus, N-2.207, 9:00 – 11:00 am

If you find that a component is not working as expected during your use of the system notify Blackboard Support for assistance.

Blackboard Support Team
San Jacinto College – Educational Technology
8060 Spencer Hwy. | C.1-218| Pasadena, TX 77505
On-Campus:  2084
Off-Campus:  281.542.2084

Email: bbsupport@sjcd.edu

 

Blackboard Upgrade – Feature Improvements

In addition to the new features included as part of the scheduled Blackboard upgrade, there are also a number of improvements made to features currently a part of the environment. This post will provide details as to these improvements.

Contact an instructional designer at your campus to for questions or to schedule additional Blackboard training.

Blackboard Upgrade Feature Review – Anonymous Grading

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. 

full write-up of the anonymous grading feature is available from the Blackboard Help website. Or take a few minutes to review the Blackboard OnDemand video below.

Contact an instructional designer at your campus to for questions or to schedule additional Blackboard training.