Getting rubric reports

While Blackboard currently doesn’t have the option to download a detailed view of all scored rubrics that includes feedback, you do have the ability to generate a report that provides a broad overview of student performance on an assessment. To access the rubric reports for a column, load up your Grade Center, click the options button for the column in question, and select COLUMN STATISTICS.

Then click the large RUBRIC EVALUATION REPORT button.

Select the report file type from the pull-down list.  Note that if you choose the EXCEL option, you will get the raw stats for your rubric, but not the charts. You may also set a date range if you would like, though the default values are set widely enough apart that any scores active in the course will be included in your report.

Click SUBMIT at the top or bottom of the page to run your report. Depending on your machine and the format you selected, the report may open in a new window or you may be prompted to save a file to your machine.

Grading with rubrics

Once you’ve set up a rubric and associated it with a column in your Grade Center, using it to grade that column is pretty easy. Load up your Grade Center and point to the cell you want to grade. Click the options button (arrow in a gray circle that appears when you point to a cell) and choose VIEW GRADE DETAILS.

To grade using your Rubric, click the VIEW RUBRIC button on the Grade Details page.

Grid view is the default for grading with a rubric. For single-score style rubrics, just click the level of achievement for each criteria. When a level of achievement box is selected, you will be given the option to provide the student with feedback on that particular aspect of their score.

If you’re using a score-range style rubric, when you select a level of achievement a pulldown will appear giving you the option to select the appropriate score (or percentage) for that item. The default selection is the middle of the range …

NOTE: You can apply the same level achievement to ALL criteria at once by clicking the level of achievement buttons that appear across the top of the scoring area.

If you prefer to score in list view, the process is similar — select the appropriate level of achievement for each criteria. If you’d like to provide feedback on each criteria, click the SHOW FEEDBACK check box at the top of the list.

Once you have scored all criteria, you will have the option to adjust the student’s score. If you want to use the raw (system-calculated) total, you can leave this box blank.

Use the FEEDBACK space to attach additional feedback to the rubric. NOTE: If the rubric is visible to students, feedback entered in this space will not be visible to students either. If you want to hide the rubric from student view but still want to provide the students with feedback, use the FEEDBACK TO STUDENT box on the GRADE DETAILS page (we’ll return to that when we save our scored rubric).

Click SAVE at the top or bottom of the page to save and close the scored rubric. This returns us to the GRADE DETAILS page, now with a score in the CURRENT GRADE VALUE box.

Click SAVE at the bottom of the page to save this score. If you do not click SAVE on the GRADE DETAILS page, the student’s work will remain ungraded.

From here, you can go back to the full GRADE CENTER and select another user to score, or you can use one of two shortcuts available from the details view. To jump to the next (or previous) student in the list, click the next (or previous) button that follows the current student’s name at the top of the page.

To jump to any student, click the JUMP TO button in the upper right to open the JUMP TO filter.

Then you can select any student in the class from the USER list (and and any column from the COLUMN list), then click GO to jump to the GRADE DETAILS for that user / column combination. Note that if no column is selected, you’ll jump to the selected user, but stay on the same column.

Grading Periods in the Grade Center

Grading Periods are an efficient way of managing your Grade Center so you only see certain groups of columns at one time. This can be particularly useful when trying to manage a very large Grade Center. As the name suggests, Grading Periods are primarily geared toward clustering columns chronologically. You might use Grading Periods to separate items graded before and after the midterm, or you might use a grading period to collect all the columns associated with module 1 in the course, then another for module 2, and so on. Faculty interested in more sophisticated view management (narrowing to particular categories, users, performance criteria and more) should check out check out Smart Views instead.

To create a Grading Period, go to your course’s Grade Center, point to MANAGE and choose GRADING PERIODS.

To create a new Grading Period, click the CREATE GRADING PERIOD button at the top of the page.

On the CREATE GRADING PERIOD page, you’ll need to enter a name for your new Grading Period. Any name will do. You can provide a brief description for the Grading Period if you’d like but this will only be available from inside the course’s Grade Center, making it useful if you plan to share your course site with other faculty or if you think you might need your memory refreshed when revisiting this course in a future term.

There are two types of Grading Periods: those that are applied manually and those that are based on the due dates applied to Grade Center columns. If you’ve been using due dates on your columns, applying your new Grading Period by date may be the easiest way to go. To apply this Grading Period to a date range, choose RANGE under the DATES heading, enter start and end dates, then check the ASSOCIATE COLUMNS box to apply the period to all columns that have due dates in this range.

Click SUBMIT at the top or bottom of the page to finish creating your Grading Period.

Applying a Grading Period

We can apply our new Grading Period to Grade Center columns by going back to the Grade Center proper, pointing to MANAGE and choosing COLUMN ORGANIZATION.

Now select the columns you want to move into a Grading Period by clicking the checkbox to the left of the column name …

… then point to the CHANGE GRADING PERIOD TO button at the top or bottom of the page and choose the Grading Period you wish to apply.

Viewing a grading period

To view your grading period, you’ll need to return to the Grade Center proper.  First, we need to turn on the FILTER menu. So from the Grade Center, click the FILTER button in the upper right …

This will add a filtering menu right beneath this line of buttons. Point to the button to labelled CURRENT VIEW (likely, this will say FULL GRADE CENTER) to access a broad menu of filtering options. Select the Grading Period you want to use, and your view will instantly be filtered.

Test Item Analysis

Often gaining statistical information on test effectiveness allows faculty members to pinpoint any student performance issues and help improve course assessments.  Blackboard offers an item analysis on tests that provides statistics on test questions and overall test performance to help you create useful assessments, adjust credit on current attempts, and realize overall course objectives.

Item analysis can be run on:

  • Tests deployed in a content area
  • Grade Center test column information

Run Test Item Analysis

1. Select “item analysis” from the drop-down selection next to the test title

2. Click “Run” on the page that follows
3. Then, click the report title link to display the report

The Test Summary provides test statistics that include the following:

  • Possible Points – total number of points for the test.
  • Possible Questions – the total number of questions in the test.
  • In Progress Attempts – the number of students currently taking the test that have not yet submitted it.
  • Completed Attempts – the number of submitted tests.
  • Average Score – an * next to scores indicates that some attempts are not graded.  The average score might change after all attempts are graded. This score is the average score reported for the test in the Grade Center.
  • Average Time – the average completion time for all submitted attempts.
  • Discrimination - indicates the number of questions that fall into the Good (greater than 0.3), Fair (between 0.1 and 0.3) and Poor (less than 0.1) categories. A discrimination value is listed as Cannot Calculate when the question’s difficulty is 100% or when all students receive the same score on a question.
  • Difficulty - indicates the number of questions that fall into the Easy (greater than 80%), Medium (between 30% and 80%) and Hard (less than 30%) categories. Difficulty is the percentage of students who answered the question correctly.

NOTE:  Item analysis uses only graded attempts in its calculations.

The Item Analysis Report page allows you to access the Test Canvas to edit the test if necessary.  Click the link in the upper right hand corner of the report screen.

For a more detailed item analysis report, use the filter choices shown at the top of the report box to drill down to specific items.  Questions that contain metadata (categories, difficulty designation, etc.) can be chosen for view.

For more information on adding metadata to test questions, see related assessment tutorials on this blog.

Reading Course IDs in Blackboard

One way to see what the course ID is for a specific course is to sign into Blackboard, and enter a course. Once you are inside of your course, as a professor you can click on “Files” in the control panel section.

This will open up the files menu making the Course ID visible.

The first 5 numbers are the “CRN” (Course Reference Number). All courses have their own unique CRN for that semester.

  • Fall courses will all start with a “1″
  • Winter courses will all start with a “2″
  • Summer courses will all start with a “3″

The second string of numbers are the Course ID. The first 3 letters in the Course ID is the course program, followed by 4 numbers that represent the course, then the section number.

The last 4 numbers are the academic fiscal year. All courses in the 2012-2013 fiscal year would be designated with “2013″. All courses in the 2013-2014 fiscal year would be designated with “2014″ and so on.


you can see the Course ID’s by moving your mouse over the “My Courses” header bar on your “My Knowledge” tab in Blackboard, & clicking on the “Gear” icon labeled “Manage My Courses Module Settings”.

There are several options you can do on the “Personalize: My Courses” page, such as “group your courses by term” & “manage your my courses list.”

Under option #2 “Edit Course List”;
you can see your course ID’s listed for each course.
This is a good time while you are in this page to organize your courses, possibly turning off old courses from previous semesters, & re-arranging courses in a different order. For more info, please visit “group your courses by term” & “manage your my courses list.”

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