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Bulk Entering Grades (Set Grades) 

There are cases where it is appropriate to give students the same grade,

  • Assignments are pass/fail
  • Multiple students got the same score
  1. Log into Brightspace using your MyDSU credentials.  
  1. Click on the Course Selector Grid (the waffle) and select the course from the drop-down menu. If you are enrolled in more than 20 courses, you can search for the course name using the search bar. 
  2. On the Brightspace homepage, locate your course in one of the following ways:
  • Select the course tile under the My Courses widget. 
  • Once in the course, in the navbar, select Grades.
  1. Select Enter grades
     
  1. Select the arrow next to the grade item (column) you want to grade, then select Enter Grades
  1. Select the checkboxes to select the students you want to grade. To select all students, select the checkbox in the first row.
  1. Select Set Grades
  1. In the Grade Selected window, enter the grade value you want to assign to all selected students. 
  1. Select Save
  1. Select Save and Close to save your changes and return to the Enter Grades area. 

Brightspace resources for instructors

There are some great resources for instructors to learn about Brightspace:

Introducing Blackboard Annotate!

Bb Annotate was released on June 3rd. Bb Annotate offers a more robust feature set to provide customizable feedback to students. Features include a sidebar summary view, freehand drawing tools, various color selections, and much more.

Printable guide


Bb Annotate instructor view

From either the Needs Grading page or the Grade Center within the course, access the student’s submission to provide inline grading feedback using Bb Annotate.  

Supported File Types

On the Grade Assignment page, supported file types open automatically in the browser.

You can view and annotate these document types in the browser:

  • Microsoft® Word (DOC, DOCX)
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint®(PPT, PPTX)
  • Microsoft® Excel®(XLS, XLSM, XLSX)
  • OpenOffice® Documents (ODS, ODT, ODP)
  • Digital Images (JPEG, JPG, PNG, TIF, TIFF, BMP, TGA)
  • Medical Images (DICOM, DICM, DCM)
  • PDF
  • PSD
  • RTF
  • TXT
  • WPD

Original formatting and embedded images are preserved. If a student has uploaded an unsupported file, you’re prompted to download it.  Additionally, assignment submissions created through the editor aren’t compatible with inline grading.

Supported Browsers

Bb Annotate is supported on current versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari.

Bb Annotate Menu

There is a wide array of features to select from in the menu.

Sidebar View

The left Sidebar view allows you to see a thumbnail view of the submission, an outline, list of all annotations and bookmarks. You can show or hide the sidebar as well as resize it.

Document View Settings

From the view settings, it is easy to jump to a specific page, zoom in and out of the submission or adjust the view to fit the page, fit the width or select the best fit. 

Annotations

  • Drawing, Brush and Eraser – The drawing and brush tools allow you to freehand draw on the document using various colors, thickness, and opacity.  You’ll have the option to either erase pieces of the freehand drawing or delete fully using the trash icon.
  • Image or Stamp – An image or stamp can be added to the document.  There are a set of pre-loaded stamps or create your own customized stamp.
  • Comment – Comments can be added to the document to provide feedback and will appear to the right of the submission. You and other graders can add additional replies to a comment. Note: to save comments click on the Reply button. The comment will receive a date & time stamp and will show the grader’s name unless anonymous grading has been selected as an assignment option.
  • Text – You can add text directly on the page.  There are additional options to move, edit and change the appearance of the text, including font, size, alignment and color.  
  • Shapes – There are 6 options for adding shapes: Line, Arrow, Rectangle, Ellipse, Polygon and Polyline.  Each option has its own customization settings to change the color, width, opacity, and more.

Print or Download

You can either Print or Download the document with annotations.  When downloading, it is recommended to view annotated PDF’s in a native PDF viewer such as Adobe Acrobat.

Search

You can quickly search through the document to find specific text.

Content Library

The content library allows you to keep a bank of re-usable comments.  You can easily add, edit, delete, or search through comments in the library.  A comment can be added directly to the page as well through the context menu. 

Highlighting

When directly highlighting text on a submission, an additional menu will open to allow you to highlight, strikethrough, underline, or comment.  

Student View

After you have provided a grade, students can access the annotated files but won’t be able to add annotations in their submissions. 

Mobile devices

As part of the responsive design, the menu will appear differently based on the screen size.  On medium and small screens, the Document View settings will change to display the page number being viewed, and annotation tools will be visible under the View Annotation Tools icon.  On small screens, the Content Library will be hidden.


Watch a video about Bb Annotate

TOP SECRET! Use the Blackboard Mobile App to Infect Your Students’ Brains With Learning

BASEMENT BUNKER, DOOLING HALL. We all know students love their phones and their apps. Why not use the Blackboard mobile app to take advantage of students’ compulsion to interact with their phones? You don’t have to use the app yourself; rather, you just need to understand how what you do in Blackboard manifests itself in the phone app. Check out this video message from one of DEIT’s underground operatives or check out our 2-page help guide. Contact DEIT for further information. Codeword BB2Brain. END OF TRANSMISSION.

Transition from Collaborate to Zoom

DeSales University recently executed a multi-year agreement with Zoom Communications, Inc. to provide web conferencing services to the university community. We are phasing out use of our other web conferencing platform, Blackboard Collaborate, between now and June 2019.

Collaborate-to-Zoom Transition Table
ProgramMAY use Collaborate through the end ofMUST switch to Zoom by the beginning of
Traditional DaySpring Semester 2019Fall Semester 2019
ACCESSACCESS Session 4ACCESS Session 5
DPT, M.Ed, MFA, MSPASSpring Term 2019Summer Term 2019
DNP, MACJ, MBA, MSIS, MSNWinter Term 2019Spring Term 2019

 What you need to know:

  • Both Collaborate and Zoom are available for use through June 15. However, DEIT encourages switching to Zoom as soon as possible since Zoom is our platform moving forward. The table above describes when your program needs to be completely cut over to Zoom.
  • Collaborate recordings will NOT be available in Collaborate after June 15. If you need to save a recorded Collaborate session, download it as an mp4 file and save it elsewhere. (The steps to locate and download recordings are available online – https://help.blackboard.com/Collaborate/Ultra/Moderator/Get_Started/Record_Sessions) Recommended locations to store downloaded mp4 files include the DeSales media server or Panopto. Storing media files in Blackboard is not recommended. Contact DEIT for assistance.
  • Zoom is great! Try it. You can use Zoom both in and outside of Blackboard. Instructors can create a Zoom account by clicking the Zoom menu in a Blackboard course. Anyone in the university community (faculty, staff, students) can create a Zoom account by visiting http://desales.zoom.us. You may use Zoom for both university-related and private communications, subject to the university’s Computing Use and Internet Policy.
  • Documentation for Zoom can be found at http://support.zoom.us or, for instructors, within the DEIT Faculty Community in Blackboard.
  • Group and one-on-one Zoom training is available from DEIT.

Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or deit@desales.edu.

April 2019 Training Workshops

Instructor Roundtable and Dinner June 13 – Save the Date

March 2019 Training Workshops

DEIT Winter Classroom Projects 

DEIT completed several projects over the Christmas break, including the addition of “Flex class” capability in Dooling Hall rooms 204 and 209, audiovisual system upgrades on the first floor in Dooling rooms 104 through 109, and enhancements to the Trexler Technology Center (TTC) audiovisual system.  

Flex Classrooms: Dooling 204 and 209 

Two video displays have been added in Dooling Hall rooms 204 and 209, one on the back wall and one on the side wall. A PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera has also been added on the rear wall. At the podium there is a digital tablet that acts as a control. 

The new technology is used for evening Flex classes for our ACCESS and graduate programs. With a Flex class, students have the option of attending either in the traditional classroom or live online. The extra classroom displays show the remote students “Hollywood Squares” or “Brady Bunch” style (if anyone has an updated cultural reference, let us know).  

DeSales can now has seven specially-configured Flex classrooms: Gambet 206, 210, 228 and 232; and Dooling 051, 204, and 209. Flex classes may also be run using our three mobile carts and the distance learning classrooms in Campbell Hall and on the Bethlehem Area and Lansdale campuses.  

Dooling 104 through 109 Classrooms: Improved Reliability 

To improve the reliability of the audiovisual systems in the first floor Dooling Hall classrooms, DEIT staff upgraded the Crestron processors in the podiums and the Elmo document cameras. The systems are now simplified with all digital equipment and connections, which will increase reliability. 

 

Trexler Technology Center (TTC)

The systems now have all digital connections, which will increase reliability.  Also, the old screens have been upgraded to new widescreens and have been centered for both the left and right sections of student seating. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions or comments? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or deit@desales.edu.   

DEIT Faculty Staff Christmas Video Game Party – Tuesday, December 18, noon – 4 pm, Dooling Hall Skylight Lounge

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