Online assignment submission and marking: headache or no-brainer?

If you’re dealing with more than a handful of assignments or reports, it’s worthwhile looking at setting up an assignment space in Blackboard where students can submit their files.  The advantages for students are clear: they don’t have to get their report printed, they don’t have to queue up at the School office to hand it in, and they get a timestamped digital receipt to prove it was submitted on time. Continue reading →

Using Gradescope for Online Exams

Assessment / Using Gradescope Homework Assignment for Online Exams

How to Use this Tool in the Current Exam Context

This guide is aimed at setting up a Gradescope Exam assignment for use in the upcoming exam period. Some of the settings discussed here are specific for the exam context and will not be suitable for a piece of course work.

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A question of choice – importing Blackboard tests

Setting up a Blackboard test normally involves setting up each question individually, typing in the question text, and constructing the answers and feedback. This is fine if you have only a few questions to set up at a time, but it quickly becomes a time-consuming burden if you plan to set up several tests with many questions. There is an alternative method for creating extensive Blackboard tests, however: create your test questions using a text editor or Microsoft Excel, and import them in bulk directly into Blackboard. Continue reading →

Setting video assignments in Blackboard

As a consequence of the unusual circumstances in which we find ourselves for the Summer 2020 exam season, it may be that you are considering setting an assignment for your students that involves video. This is often a good way to gauge students’ engagement with the content, and provides a useful method of assessing presentation skills. Continue reading →

Writing multiple choice questions – a handy guide

Multiple choice questions (MCQs) can be a useful time saver for academics as they are quick to mark, but they are only useful to the students if they are planned well.  Here are some pointers for you to consider when designing and implementing multiple choice quizzes, whether on paper or in Blackboard. Continue reading →