BLACKBOARD EXAM ASSESSMENT - MARKER HELP PAGE

Exam Assessment and Coronavirus

Many exams have had to be replaced by alternative assessments on Blackboard due to Coronavirus.

The process below has been designed for marking these assessments in the current situation. It takes into account factors such as the need to support our students, the need for marking teams to change due to illness, the number of assessments, the size of the support teams, the technical constraints of the system, amongst other things.

The steps in the marking process, which need to be carefully followed, are:

  1. Accessing submissions
  2. Adding grades and feedback
  3. Moderating student work
  4. Releasing grades to students and the Hub

A set of frequently asked questions about the process can be found at the foot of the page.

 

Step 1: Accessing submissions

There are two ways of accessing submissions. If a sole marker is marking all the submissions then the Full Grade Centre should be used. If several markers are sharing the marking between them then Smart Views should be used. Both methods are explained below.

Accessing submissions as a sole marker

1. Go to the relevant Blackboard course, select Full Grade Centre from the menu, then find the relevant column for the assessment. Exam assessments will look similar to X PSY-1234Y-19-YEAR-A X Module Exam First Sit 2019-20 Show Screenshot

2. Select the drop-down menu next to the column title, then select Grade with Usernames Hidden, to mark all submissions anonymously. Show Screenshot

3. Mark the submission as described in the following sections. You will automatically be taken to the next paper after the current paper has been marked.

Accessing submissions when there are multiple markers

1. Go to the relevant Blackboard course, then select your Smart View. Smart Views can be found directly under the Full Grade Centre heading. The name of the Smart View will indicate the marker. Show Screenshot

2. Follow this step carefully to ensure you only mark the work allocated to you.
We know it sounds weird but, because of a bug in Blackboard, it's essential to do follow this step exactly. Failure to do so may result in you marking work that is not allocated to you.

2a. Find the relevant column for the exam, click the drop-down menu next to the column title, then select Grade with Usernames Hidden to mark all submissions anonymously. Show Screenshot

2b. Immediately click the Exit button near the top-right of the screen. You will be returned to your Smart View. Show Screenshot

2c. Click the drop-down menu next to the column title, then select Grade with Usernames Hidden again. Show Screenshot

3. Mark the submission as described in the following sections. You will automatically be taken to the next paper after the current paper has been marked.

 

Step 2: Adding grades and feedback

To add a grade and feedback to a submission:

1. Navigate to a submission as described above, and check the work on screen is the student's most recent submission. This is necessary as students are allowed to submit multiple times until the deadline.

If the work is not the student's most recent submission there will be both a grey indicator above the work, and more than one attempt indicated to the right of the work on a drop down menu.

Simply click the arrow pointing to the right, to move on to the next piece of work, if the submission on screen isn't the most recent version. Show Screenshot

2. Review the work, then type a grade into the Attempt box near the top-right of the screen. Show Screenshot

3. Type overall feedback into the Feedback to Learner text box, or use the paperclip icon to attach a file. We recommend the submission itself is not annotated as some countries, such as the People's Republic of China, block comments made in the annotation tool. Show Screenshot

4. Click the Submit button when you have added a grade and feedback. This saves the overall grade and feedback and automatically moves you onto the next piece of work to be marked. Show Screenshot

N.B. Online examinations are subject to batch screening for similarity. Markers should check the score for individual work using the link in the marking pane and compare it to the cohort score.

Exam submission points will have been set by the module organiser to include SafeAssign. SafeAssign originality reports are available from the normal Blackboard marking window. Viewing matches identified by SafeAssign may help with your marking. The SafeAssign tool will have been turned on by AQO for all centrally managed exams.

More informtion about SafeAssign can be found on Blackboard's help pages.

 

Step 3: Moderating Student Work

To moderate student work:

1. Decide how work is going to be moderated in line with School policy.

2. Click on either the Full Grade Centre (if you want to access all marking), or a particular Smart View (if you want to access an individuals marking).

3. Hover your cursor over the cell for a particular piece of work, click the down arrow, then choose the most recent attempt from the menu that appears. That student's work will display, and marks and feedback can be reviewed. Show Screenshot

4. Communicate with the marker about grades as you normally would. There is an article in the Frequently Asked Questions, at the bottom of this page, that explains how marks can be changed if necessary.

 

Step 4: Releasing grades to the students and Hub

To release grades to the students and the Hub:

1. Navigate to either the Full Grade Centre or one of the Smart Views, and then locate the column for the assessment.

2. Check the assessment marks are currently not visible to students. An icon at the top of the column, showing a grey circle with a red line through it, indicates the assessment is not visible. Show Screenshot

3. Select the drop-down menu next to the column title, then click Hide from students (on/off). The icon at the top of the column will disappear, and the provisional marks will be returned to the students and Hub. Show Screenshot

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Before Marking

How do I distribute marking to my marking team? Show Answer

Please contact your Hub if you need support sharing marking within a marking team. Please note that, due to the number of exam assessments and the support available, marking distribution will be kept as simple as possible. Papers will be shared between markers by paper rather than by question by default.

During Marking

How do I make the student's work easier to read on screen? Show Answer

To make a piece of work easier to read on screen, we recommend hiding the menus to the left and right of the work.

How do I add comments intended for moderators or other markers? Show Answer

Markers can leave private notes for colleagues on each script. After adding a grade, and overall feedback for the student, simply click the Add Notes button under the Feedback to Learner box.

Notes can then be left in the text box which appears. These will be saved when you click the Submit button.

How do I change the mark on a script? Show Answer

In some circumstances grades may need to be reviewed and changed. Follow the steps below to do this. It's important to follow these steps and not change the grade anywhere else.

1. Navigate to the relevant Blackboard course, and click on Grade Centre and then Full Grade Centre on the course menu.

2. Hover your cursor over the cell for a particular piece of work, click the down arrow in that cell, then choose the most recent attempt from the menu that appears.

3. Change the grade in the Attempt box near the top-right of the screen, then click the Submit button to save the new grade.

 

How do I view a feedback file after I’ve attached it? Show Answer

Follow the steps below to view a feedback file after you've attached it. Unfortunately an issue with Blackboard means that, once a marker has attached a file in the Feedback to Learner box, the link to that file will work for students but not for staff. Markers and moderators can still access the file later on, but they have to do so from a different screen. To access the file:

1. Navigate to a piece of work in either the Full Grade Centre or Smart View, hover your mouse cursor over the relevant cell, click the down arrow which appears in the cell, then choose View Grade Details from the menu.

2. Click the link to the file on the Attempts tab.

After Marking

How do I find the mark average and distribution for an assessment? Show Answer

Markers can access statistics on an assessment from both the Full Grade Centre and any Smart View. Simply find the column for an assessment, click the drop-down menu at the top of the column, and select Column Statistics. The statistics page will appear.