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Blackboard Basics
Respondus Test Generation
Respondus LockDown Browser
Cindy Bowers, Blackboard Administrator
[email protected]
Blackboard 9 – ECU’s
LMS for the last 12 years
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Easy to customize menu bar
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Easy to copy content from one
semester to the next
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Easy to merge multiple sections
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Arrows to drag/drop + contextual
arrows to edit, remove, etc.
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Multimedia friendly
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Date restrict options allow for
building your course ahead of time
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Grade Center, includes Smart Views
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IT’S YOUR COURSE – ENJOY
DESIGNING IT!
F Y I : FIREFOX WORKS BEST WITH
BLACKBOARD (PC and MAC)
Content Options > Your Plan
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Lecture notes on the or attached as
Word docs, PowerPoints
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Links to web sites
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Audio files
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Videos (Options for storage:
Mediasite – Josh Brown or Tegrity
Lecture Capture – Allen Dennis)
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Syllabus – make it easy to find
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Contact info – make it easy to find
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Organize content by weeks, modules,
folders … your choice
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Date restrict settings > you can build
ahead!
Assessment Options
Online, face-to-face, or hybrid courses all have the same options:
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Create tests to be taken online; new tool > LockDown Browser
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Create assignments > students attach documents – frees up your email inbox; secure;
time stamp
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Created assessments automatically show up in Grade Center
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Assignments opened and/or downloaded via grade center
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Web 2.0 tools > blog, journal, wiki
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Surveys – created like a test – anonymous
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SafeAssignment
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Discussion Board
Respondus integrates with Bb
Respondus Test Generator
Example of Question w/feedback
PC friendly | not for Macs yet (sorry)
Question 1) Who determined the exact speed of
Organize and manage your exams
light?
Work in Microsoft Word > format with
the help of Respondus
Integrates with your Bb course(s)
Exam(s) deploys directly to content area
a. Albert Einstein
@ No. Albert Michelson determined the exact speed of
light.
*b) Albert Michelson
@ Yes. Albert Michelson won the Nobel Prize for Physics
for determining the exact speed of light.
Time saver if you create lots of exams
c) Thomas Edison
Can revise/edit exams to use in
subsequent semesters
@ No, Thomas Edison did not determine the exact speed
Free download for ECU faculty
Allen Dennis can get you started over
the phone! [email protected]
of light.
d. Guglielmo Marconi
@ No. Marconi did not discover the exact speed of light,
but he did win the Nobel Prize for Physics for his work with
radio waves.
LockDown Browser
Thorough instructions available
LockDown Browser (by Respondus)
Both PC and Mac friendly | Yay !
Cuts down on opportunities to cheat on
online exams
Easy download of special browser by
students who access Bb > begin exam
LockDown Browser tool in Control Panel
Easy settings by instructor – you decide
which tests (if any) require LDB
LDB prevents:
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Screenshots / print screen
Browsing web for exam answers
Opening email; no instant messages
Opening another window / tab
Leaving exam without submitting
Our most common
question from students
this time of year.
When you’re done building your course,
turn it on…
“I don’t see my
course(s) in
Blackboard.
What’s up with
that?”
Control Panel to
Customization > Properties >
Set Availability > YES
Contact Info
• Matt Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]
• Blackboard, LockDown Browser, Yammer, iPad
• Cindy Bowers . . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]
• Blackboard, LockDown Browser, WordPress blogs
• Allen Dennis . . . . . . . . . . . . [email protected]
• Blackboard, Respondus, LockDown Browser, Tegrity
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