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How to Merge Courses in Blackboard

If you are teaching several different course sections of the same course, or two cross-listed courses, you may want to combine your students into one course site in Blackboard.  Blackboard administrators can combine courses in Blackboard by using the “Merge Course Enrollments” tool, which will copy (merge) students from one or more sections into another.

Instructors that would like to request a course merge should complete the merge request form.

Blackboard administrators should merge courses according the following instructions:

1. Select the Admin tab in Blackboard and click the Courses link to search for the parent course (to which all courses will be merged).

2. When you have identified the parent course, click the chevron (options menu) to the right of the course name and select Edit.

3. Under the General Information section, select the checkbox “Select Courses to Merge” to open Child Courses.  Click the Browse button to search for and select child courses. You can select one or more courses at once. When all child courses have been selected, click the Submit button in the course search window.

4. You may optionally change the name of the parent course to indicate that will be a combined course. To do this, modify Course Name from the General Information section at the top.

5. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen to finalize the merge.

All students will be copied from the child course into the parent course automatically and will be maintained going forward. In the Grade Center of the parent (main) course, there will be a column showing the original section the student was in before the merge as a reference.

Courses can be un-merged after merging from the course search screen. Click the chevron (options menu) of the child course using the Separate option. The students from the child course will be unenrolled from the parent course, but will remain in the child course.

Notes:

– The merge function merges in the students from the child courses but does not merge or copy course material.  You will need to post the course material you wish to distribute in the main parent course as you normally would, or use the course copy function to copy material from one course site to another as desired.

– The merge function does not copy student grades, assignment submissions, or tests from one course to another.  It only copies the student enrollments and maintains them going forward.



How to use the Assignments feature to collect student work

Blackboard “Assignments” are a way to collect student documents and files in Blackboard.

Adding an Assignment item to a course allows an instructor to post instructions or a document, retrieve the completed assignment as another document or file from a student, and review and grade that assignment via the Grade Center. Blackboard also provides enhanced file management options, including bulk downloading and cleanup of these submitted items. The Assignment feature can accept any file type from students.

How to create an Assignment:

1. In your course, toggle Edit Mode at the top right to “On”.

 

2. On the left of the course site, click on the name of the Content Area where you wish to add the Assignment, for example, “Assignments”

3. Click the “Assessments” button and then click “Assignment”

Assessments > Assignment

Give the Assignment a name, type or paste some instructions into the text box

You may add file attachments (“Assignment Files”, such as lists of questions for students to answer, articles to read, presentations to review, maps or spreadsheets to analyze) using the “Browse My Computer” button.

Set options for Grading and Availability. You may set the “Number of Attempts” section to allow the students to submit more than once. The Grade Center will record and preserve all attempts.

4. Click the “Submit” button on the right to post the Assignment.

 

What the students see:

Students can view the assignment in the selected content area on the left side of the course.

They can look at the assignment and download any necessary documents the instructor has posted. After doing the work necessary to complete the assignment, students should click the assignment link (the name of the assignment is a link) to upload and submit their work. They may use the “Browse My Computer” button to find the files they want to submit, and they can also post comments about the Assignment in the text box. These comments will appear in your Grade Center. A student can submit multiple files for one assignment if desired, but students can only submit an Assignment once unless the instructor sets the assignment options to allow multiple submissions (see above, step 3).


How to view submitted Assignments (Grade Center):

Instructors retrieve and grade Assignments through the Grade Center, much like any other kind of assessment.

When a student submits an assignment, a yellow exclamation mark will appear in the student’s cell in the Grade Center. Click the drop-down arrow and select “View Grade Details” or a particular attempt to review and grade the students attempt(s).

View Assignment Attempt

 

 

You may download all the students’ papers at once by clicking the drop-down arrow to the right of the column heading at the top, and selecting “Assignment File Download”:

 

 

Allowing Students to re-submit an Assignment

If a student needs to re-submit a single-attempt assignment, the instructor may manually reset the student’s previous submission by clicking the drop-down arrow next to the exclamation mark that represents the student’s submission in the Grade Center, and then clicking “View Grade Details” > “Clear Attempt” button.

We hope this information is helpful!


How to opt-in to receiving SMS notifications in Blackboard

If you would like to receive text message (SMS) notifications from Blackboard to your mobile phone, you may opt-in using the “Notification Settings” options in Blackboard.  Here’s how:

  1. Log into Blackboard at http://northeastern.blackboard.com
  2. Click your name at the upper right, then click “Settings” here:  https://www.screencast.com/t/RzKtHX7O
  3. Click “Personal Information“, then “Edit Personal Information” https://www.screencast.com/t/W5V1IjsX
  4. Scroll down and verify that your mobile phone number is correct.  Make corrections and then click “Submit” at the bottom.
  5. Click your name again at the upper right, then click “Edit Notification Settings” under Settings. https://www.screencast.com/t/agOuK4xYJ
  6. Click the “courses I am taking” link.  https://www.screencast.com/t/cuzF9rmzbDY
  7. Scroll down.  For every event for which you would like to receive a text message notification, check a box in the “SMS” column.  https://www.screencast.com/t/dguogTGQRjDZ
  8. Click Submit at the bottom.

Going forward, whenever one of the events listed occurs, you will receive a text message from Blackboard.

We hope this information is helpful.

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Blackboard Update Open Labs and Hands-On Sessions

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Blackboard Update Preview Open Labs

In preparation for the Blackboard merge and upgrade on December 22nd through December 31st, Academic Technology Services, ITS will be hosting daily Blackboard Upgrade open lab drop-in sessions throughout the month of December. During the open lab, you will be able to login to the new Northeastern Blackboard, tour the new environment and try out some of the new features. Sign-up is encouraged but not required for the drop-in labs. If you have any questions about the drop-in sessions, email ats@northeastern.edu.

Drop-in labs will be offered daily Monday – Friday starting December 4th to December 22nd. You can drop-in at any point during the window and stay as long as you would like.

Post Upgrade – Blackboard Upgrade Hands-on Sessions and Open Labs

Post upgrade, Blackboard Hands-on sessions and open labs will be offered throughout the month of January. During the Hands-on session, we will walk you through new features including in-line grading, assignment receipts, Blackboard Ally (embedded accessibility tool) and more. Sign-up required for the Hands-on lab but not for Open Labs. 

Blackboard Upgrade Hands-on Workshops

Blackboard Upgrade Drop-in Open Labs



Add Due Dates Connected to the Blackboard Calendar for TurnItIn Assignments

Any graded item in Blackboard has the option for a Due Date. The Due Date will appear on the course Home Page for students, on the course calendar and they may even receive notifications, depending on their notification settings.

Depending on the tool, you may have the opportunity to add a Due Date as you are creating the graded item. Other tools, like TurnItIn, have a separate Due Date that isn’t connected to the Blackboard Calendar or Due Dates area. You can add a Due Date to a TurnItIn assignment or any other graded item assignment by going to the Grade Center and editing the column information. Here are the steps: Go to the Grade Center>Click Full Grade Center> Scroll to the desired column>click the chevron and select Edit Column Information. You can then add a due date and click submit. Here’s a quick video to walk you through the steps:

 

 



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