Blackboard Assignments

Blackboard offers a variety of tools for assigning work to students including the Assignment tool, Journals, Blogs, Wikis, Tests, and Discussions. Rubrics can be assigned to any of these to assist with your grading. The Assignment tool also includes software to help detect plagiarism, and the Test tool will automatically grade objective question types.

How to Create Assignments (4:25)

A video tutorial on how to create assignments in Blackboard. If you assign work for students to submit and receive grades and feedback than assignments is the tool you want.
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Checking All Incoming Papers for Plagiarism - SafeAssign

Almost identical to an Assignment, a SafeAssignment only allows you to upload certain file types and is automatically checked for plagiarism. Instructors may also upload individual "suspicious" student papers for plagiarism check.
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Plagiarism Detection Tool -SafeAssign (4:24)

Blackboard’s plagiarism detection tool, called SafeAssign, is for instructors' use to discourage plagiarism in student works. To initiate an automatic plagiarism detection process for all student submissions, you simply create a regular Blackboard Assignment and activate “Plagiarism Tools” in its settings.
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Plagiarism Reports for Individual Papers

Direct Submit allows faculty members to submit one paper at a time or multiple papers at once in a ZIP file format for a plagiarism check.
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Submit Individual Papers for Plagiarism

Direct Submit allows faculty members to submit one paper at a time or multiple papers at once in a ZIP file format for a plagiarism check.
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Grading Assignments (2:38)

This tutorial shows you how to use the grading sidebar to see assignment submissions and annotate them with feedback for students.
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Add Extended Time for an Accommodation

Do you have a student with a disibility request for an accommodation allowing them additional time on a test? If you use Blackboard for tests and quizzes, there is a setting that easily allows you to adjust the timer for individual students. Follow these steps:
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UMS Academy - May 14, 2018

UMS Academy - May 14, 2018 UMS Academy Did you know that you have a huge library of instructional videos at your fingertips? The University of Maine System subscribes to Hoonuit (formerly Atomic Learning) for required human resources training, but this also gives everyone in the system access to the full Hoonuit library, with topics ranging from software tutorials, to grammar 101, to time management, to socratic seminars. Lessons and courses can easily be dropped into your Blackboard course. Visit the Introducing UMS Academy course to learn more! You will need to be logged into Blackboard to view this content. Summer is here! We will reduce the frequency of QuickTips to every other week until classes resume in the fall. Enjoy the beach!
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Running Total

Running Total - April 30, 2018 Running Total How does the Grade Center calculate grades for your students? How does Blackboard know whether to count a missing assignment as exempt or a zero? You determine this yourself by choosing the setting for Running Total. By default, Running Total is turned ON in each column in the Grade Center, which means that empty cells are not counted in any calculations. If there is no grade, it doesn't count against the student. However, if you want this to count against the student because they didn't submit an assignment, you must enter a zero in that cell. It is important to do this before the end of the semester so students know how these missing assignments impact their grade. If they are left blank, their grade is artificially inflated. You might be asking yourself, well, why don't I just turn off Running Total? If you turn off Running Total, then every blank cell in the Grade Center counts as a zero. If you set up all of your columns in the Grade Center at the beginning of the semester, that's a lot of zeros! Their first assignment might bring their grade up from 0% to 2%, which might be pretty discouraging to students. We recommend leaving Running Total on, and then adding zeros to empty columns as you enter grades. This gives students a realistic picture of their course grade at any point throughout the semester. Read about what happened to Karen Miller when she started using the Grade Center in her post, Blackboard's Gift.
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Organize the Grade Center

Organize the Grade Center - April 23, 2018 Organize the Grade Center How organized is your Grade Center? Do you have unused columns cluttering it up? Can you easily find what you're looking for? Did you know that you can customize the Grade Center? The Grade Center comes with student data columns, and two total columns. As you add graded items to your course, they get added to the Grade Center and become the last column on the right. If you copy Grade Center columns and settings when you do a course copy, you might end up with duplicates of all of your columns! Check out the steps below to customize your Grade Center so it's nice and tidy before the end of the semester. Organize Columns Click the Manage drop down menu on the Action Bar. Select Column Organization. On the next screen, click and drag the four-headed arrow next to an item to re-order the columns. To hide columns, select the check box next to the item(s), click the Show/Hide button, and select Hide Selected Columns. To change categories, select the check box next to the item(s), click the Change Category to button and select the new category from the list. When you're done making changes, click Submit. Delete Unused Columns To delete unused columns, click the drop down next to the title of the column and select Delete Column. Tip: If you click the drop-down menu next to an item in the Full Grade Center and there is no delete button, that means that the assigned work is deployed somewhere in your class. You will need to delete the item in your content folders or discussion board to be able to delete the column. Are you ready to Calculate your Grades? Follow these steps on the Faculty Portal.
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