Overview of Assessment Tools on Blackboard at NUIG

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First draft of an overview of the various tools on Blackboard at NUI Galway that can be used to support assessment activities. …

First draft of an overview of the various tools on Blackboard at NUI Galway that can be used to support assessment activities.
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  • 1. Tool How to Set Up Linked to Grade Centre Can give feedback to students Can use rubrics How students access grades and feedback Used for Blackboard Assignment Add Assessment > Assignment Automatic Yes, using Blackboard tools Yes Via My Grades Submission management, grading and feedback Turnitin Assignment Add Assessment > Turnitin Assignment Automatic Yes, using GradeMark Yes, can use GradeMark rubrics Via the assignment link Originality checking, grading and feedback MCQs, EMQs and other tests Control Panel > Course Tools > Tests, Surveys and Pools By default, but can change setting Yes, can control level of feedback and when it is available. No Via the test link, depending on deployment settings Quizzes, self tests, continuous assessment, high stakes assessment Journal Add Tools > Journals If grading indicated during setup Yes, in comments and/or grading area. Yes Within the journal Reflection Blog Add Tools > Blogs If grading indicated during setup Yes, in comments and/or grading area. Yes Within the blog Group reflection, collaboration Wiki Add Tools > Wikis If grading indicated during setup Yes, in comments and/or grading area. Yes Within the wiki Collaboration, group work Video Assignment Add Tools > More Tools > Media Gallery No. Would have to manually create a column in Grade Centre. No facility to give feedback. No Not applicable Reflection, groupwork, storytelling, video projects Peer Assessed Assignment Add Assessment > Turnitin Assignment Automatic Yes, by peers and by instructor. Not applicable Via the assignment link Peer assessment
  • 2. Blackboard Assignment Turnitin Assignment MCQs, EMQs, tests Journal Blog Wiki Video Discussion Board Essays, academic writing Yes Yes No Yes – an alternative to an essay Yes – an alternative to an essay If well structured No No Plagiarism prevention No Yes Yes – difficult to plagiarise answers No No No Yes – asking students to create a video makes it difficult to plagiarise No Reflection Yes – reflective essay Yes – reflective essay No – unless questions are very carefully designed Yes Supports group reflection Yes – if assignment is planned for reflection Yes Can support group reflection Discussion No No No No Yes – students can comment on each others’ posts Not ideal Not embedded in tool, but could link to discussion board Yes Group work and collaboration Yes – can submit a group assignment or report If PeerMark is used No No Yes Yes Yes – group videos Yes Critical Review Depending on the essay requirement Using PeerMark, review others’ work No Depending on the requirements Yes – if directed to read and comment on others’ posts Yes – if assignment is planned for critical review Not embedded in tool Yes – if assignment is planned for critical review Testing knowledge and understanding Depending on the essay requirement Depending on the essay requirement Yes Depending on the requirements Depending on the requirements Depending on the requirements Yes – can be used very effectively for demonstrating understanding Depending on the requirements