BLACKBOARD ASSESSMENT (ADVANCED FEATURES) - MARKER HELP PAGE
- Distributing marking
- Blind double marking
- Assessments outside of Blackboard
- Using a rubric
- Combining multiple assessments into one mark
- Beyond file submission: Marking other assessment types
- Report an issue
When student work needs dividing amongst several markers we recommend using Smart Views to distribute the work. Your Hub can create Smart Views for you, or you can create them yourself using the instructions below.
Creating Smart Views is a two step process: Step 1 involves creating groups containing the relevant students, and Step 2 involves finalising Smart Views for the groups.
Step 1: Setting up the Groups
How you do this will depend on whether the students should be randomly allocated between markers or allocated to specific markers (for example allocated according to seminar group).
Creating Smart Views with randomly allocated students
1. Go to the relevant Blackboard module, click Users and Groups on the menu, and then click Groups. Show Screenshot
2. Select Create, then Random Enrol under the Group Set heading. Show Screenshot
3. Give the group set a name. If you have a specific Blackboard site for your module, this should simply be the assessment sequence number - for example, 001. If your module is part of a larger umbrella site, this should be your module code followed by the sequence number - for example, 7029X 001. Show Screenshot
4. Ensure that Yes is selected for Group is visible to students, and all of the tools listed below that are unticked. Show Screenshot
5. At the bottom of the page untick the option for Allow Personalisation, tick the option for Create Smart View for each group in set, tick the option for Number of Groups and then enter the number of groups you need – this should be the same as the number of markers you have. Click Submit. Show Screenshot
On the next page you'll see the new groups and the number of students allocated to each group.
Creating Smart Views containing specific students
Please note, if you need to allocate a large group of students to specific markers (a cohort of more than 60 students) the easiest and quickest way to do this would be to email your Hub with a list of student names, usernames, and the group that they should be assigned to. If you have a cohort of less than 60 students, you can allocate the students to specific markers yourself following the process below.
1. Go to the relevant Blackboard module, click Users and Groups on the menu, and then click Groups. Show Screenshot
2. Select Create, then Manual Enrol under the Group Set heading. Show Screenshot
3. Give the group set a name. If you have a specific Blackboard site for your module, this should simply be the assessment sequence number, for example 001. If your module is part of a larger umbrella site, this should be your module code followed by the sequence number, 7027X 001. Show Screenshot
5. Ensure that Yes is selected for Group is visible to students, and all of the tools be that are unticked. Show Screenshot
6. At the bottom of the page untick the option for Allow Personalisation, tick the option for Create Smart View for each group in set, and enter the number of groups you need – this should be the same as the number of markers you have. Click Submit. Show Screenshot
7. On the next page, you will be able to add the students to the relevant groups using the Add Users button under each group. Show Screenshot
Important: Make a note of the group number for each marker’s group. You will need this in order to finalise setting up the Smart Views. For example, students from John Smith’s seminar group have been added to group 002-1, and students from Sarah Smith’s seminar group have been added to group 002-2.
Once you have added all the students to the groups, click Submit.
Step 2: Finalising Smart Views
Regardless of how you set up your groups above, you chose to create Smart Views for them when you created them. The next step is to rename the Smart Views, and choose them as favourites, so it’s obvious to markers where they should be accessing their allocation of scripts. To do this:
1. Click Grade Centre, then Full Grade Centre on the course menu. Show Screenshot
2. Select Manage, and then Smart Views, to access the Smart Views. Show Screenshot
You will see the Smart Views for each of your groups. You will also see a number of default Smart Views that can be ignored.
3. Rename each of your groups by hovering over the name of the Smart View, clicking the arrow that appears immediately to the right of the name, and then clicking Edit. Show Screenshot
4. Rename the group be removing the Group: prefix, and changing the group number suffix to the initials of the marker. If you are randomly assigning students to groups, then you can assign any marker to the group. If you have specifically assigned students to markers, this is where you will need the list of group numbers and marker initials that you created when you were assigning students to the groups.Show Screenshot
5. Click Submit, then rename each of the groups similarly, so you have one for each marker.
6. Once you have renamed the Smart Views, add the Smart Views you have created as favourites by clicking the star next to it. You may also want to untick Tests and Assignments as favourites, which were favourites by default, to avoid confusion. Click Submit once you have selected your favourites. Show Screenshot
7. You will then see that your favourite Smart Views appear immediately under the Full Grade Centre heading on the menu. This is where markers will need to go to access the work that is assigned to them for marking. Show Screenshot
Blind double marking
Is is possible to run blind double marking, such as for dissertations, in Blackboard using a simplified process. Module organisers should carefully follow the workflow described here and consult with their Hubs to set up the appropriate marking groups and smart views. The process assumes that the assessment has been flagged for Blackboard and is successfully appearing in the module site.
Blind double marking workflow
1. The module organiser creates a spreadsheet of how first and second markers are allocated to students (identified by dissertation title or student ID) and enrols all markers on the Blackboard module as instructors.
2. The module organiser sends the spreadsheet to the Hub to set up marking groups and smart views (or can choose to do the set-up themselves).
3. From the information in the spreadsheet, the Hub (or module organiser) creates a set of 'first marker' groups & smart views and a set of 'second marker' groups & smart views.
4. The module organiser sends the spreadsheet and any additional guidance to the markers (example below).
5. Students submit to Blackboard in the same way they would for other coursework.
6. Markers view or download the students' work from their marking groups in Blackboard using the guidance in the email from the module organiser and the Marker help page
7. Work is marked off line by both markers
8. Markers meet virtually to discuss the work and agree a mark
9. It is the responsibility of the first marker to provide the agreed feedback and mark on the student work.
Example guidance to markers
This has been taken from some guidance used by a colleague in ECO and used/altered with permission. Feel free to use this as a basis for your communication but make sure you carefully amend it to suit your requirements.
You are receiving this email because you have been allocated to mark (either as first or second marker) some dissertations (see attached spreadsheet). The students are due to submit their work today, so I just wanted to run through the marking process. All scripts will be blind double marked through Blackboard’s marking tool. You have all been added to the module blackboard site as instructors.
The marking process is as follows:
1. In the Grade Centre tab in the Control Panel, we have set up sub-headings with your initials, split by first marker and second marker responsibilities (some of you are allocated as both first and second marker, so you will have to go into both separately to mark all of your scripts). DO NOT access scripts via ‘Needs Marking’ because this can randomly take you to scripts you are not responsible for, and will waste your time.
2. Download a clean copy of the scripts you are responsible for marking. Do not make comments or annotations to the electronic scripts at this stage (the other marker would be able to see the comments, and therefore would not constitute a double-blind marking process).
3. Read through and make notes by yourself, and then meet with the other marker to discuss the work and agree the mark.
4. It is the responsibility of the first marker to make comments on the work, write the feedback in the text box (‘Feedback to Learner’) and submit the agreed mark.
5. Once this has been completed, please can the second marker email me to confirm that their marking is complete. Once all marking is complete, I will release the marks to the students and to the Hub.
Some assessments - such as live performances, oral presentations, class tests, and the creation of artefacts - can't be submitted through Blackboard for obvious reasons.
However it's still possible to use Blackboard to provide a grade and feedback for the students. Please email email@example.com to have a column created for this purpose.
How to enter grades in a created column
1. Once your empty grade column has been created, navigate to the relevant Blackboard course, and then click Grade Centre, and then Full Grade Centre from the course menu.
2. Hover over the cell where you want to enter a grade, click the down arrow that appears in the cell, and then select View Grade Details from the menu that appears. Show Screenshot
3. Enter the grade, and any feedback, for the student on the following screen. Click Save to store the grade. Show Screenshot
4. You will be taken to a summary screen of the information you just entered.
Select Return to Grade Centre.
Rubrics are sometimes used by Module Organisers to help evaluate student work.
To continue using a rubric that is in Word or Excel (or other software) template, attach the completed rubric as a file attachment to the overall student feedback.
See Attaching a feedback file for step by step guidance.
Interactive rubrics in Blackboard
Alternatively, you can create an interactive rubric on Blackboard and apply it to your assessment. Show Screenshot
For more information about what is possible with rubrics, please see Blackboard’s Rubrics section.
Please be aware that if you have not created one before, setting up a rubric can be a time consuming process, so allow plenty of time.
Sometimes a mark is made up from 2 or more smaller assessments.
As it will be recorded as a single assessment in e:Vision, only one submission point will be automatically generated to store that single mark.
Your process for this combination format is:
Step 1 is for the multiple component assessments to be marked.
Step 2 is for a calculated column to combine (with appropriate weighting) the results of the multiple assessments into a single mark.
Step 3 is for the calculated column to be mapped to the automatically generated submission point that carries the grades to e:Vision
If you are planning to use this type of assessment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance so that assessments and columns are set up correctly and can marks can be transferred from Blackboard to eVision.
Please note: it is essential that markers record a score of zero for non-submission of any component assessments otherwise the calculation of the final mark will not be accurate.
The standard submission for online marking is for students to submit a file using the Assignment Tool in Blackboard. This is the most common form of assessment and has the highest degree of automation.
Other assessment types require further configuration of the grade centre, to allow for the transfer of grades from Blackboard to e:Vision.
Other assessment types
It may be more appropriate for your teaching to use a different tool with which to assess your students.
Some examples might be:
- Discussion boards
If you are planning to use one of these types of assessments, please email email@example.com for guidance.
We hope that this article was helpful. If you require further assistance please log an issue with the IT Service Desk and the Learning Technology Team will get back to you as soon as possible.