New Workshops this Month

The Technology and Learning Program is excited to offer new workshops this spring.
Please register ahead of time using the instructions below.

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This is a fun,  online workshop where you will participate  in a Zoom virtual meeting and experiment with some of its advanced features  including screen sharing, annotation, polling, and breakout rooms. You will leave the workshop with an active Zoom account,  and the confidence you need to integrate Zoom within Blackboard Learn for virtual office hours, guest speakers and student-to-student collaboration.

  • Thursday, April 12th at 12:00 PM (online)
  • Friday, April 13th at 9:00 AM  (online)
  • Tuesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM  (online)

Spring Cleaning Tips for your Bb Learn Grade Center

Is your grade book clean and organized? Does it work for your students? Come to this workshop, and find out a few tips and tricks for ensuring there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of the semester. After a brief presentation, a few Instructional Technology Consultants from TLP will be on-hand to provide personalized, one on one assistance.

  • Monday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM in THMA 131
  • Tuesday, April 24th at 3:30 PM in THMA 131

Adding Video to Enhance Student Engagement Online

While this is not technically a new workshop, there is a new, and exciting element added to our existing Kaltura workshop…the ability to embed quiz questions in your Kaltura videos! Come and learn how.

  • Monday, April 16th, at 1:00 PM in THMA 131
  • Wednesday, May 2nd at 3:00 PM in THMA 131

Registering for Workshops

  1. Got to
  2. Click Log in to DTS
  3. Enter your Portal ID and pwd.
  4. Select Schedule.
  5. Select the link to your preferred workshop and choose Register.

If you have any issues, email


Consistent, easier grading in Blackboard Learn

New grading sidebar

Blackboard Learn has implemented a new grading sidebar across the discussion, blog, wiki and journal tools.  This change should improve, but not dramatically alter your normal grading workflow. 

new grading panel for discussions, blogs, wikis, journals

New grading sidebar for discussions, blogs, wikis and journals

Learn how to use the new sidebar:

Assignment grading goes full screen!

Look at all the space I have to grade assignments!

Blackboard Learn has also improved its inline assignment grading tool. Now, you have greater control over your grading workspace, enabling you to expand your commenting area.

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Inline assignment grading tool with new buttons for maximizing grading area.

Need Grade Center help? Come to Open Lab Time!

If you need help organizing or double checking your Bb Learn grade book for the end of the semester, TLP will be holding several open labs. No appointment is necessary, just come to TLP and help will be available. The schedule for help sessions begins on December 10 at 10am. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of this opportunity to use one of the best elements of Bb Learn.

12/10/2012: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
12/12/2012: 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM
12/17/2012: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
12/18/2012: 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

As always the TLP lab is open for walk-in help from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.

Five Easy Ways to Create a Better Grade Center in Bb Learn

One of the challenges faculty face is keeping up with grading and entering grades into the grade book. It certainly helps to have a grade book that is organized, easily managed, and calculates student grades correctly. This article details five effective, yet easy ways to manage the grade center. Included in the article are tips on how to rearrange the columns in the Grade Center, how to place columns into categories, how to lock the students’ running average into an optimal position in the grade center, how to hide irrelevant columns, and how to colorize grade center cells.

For the full explanation to complete these processes, please read the entire story in our Bb Learn Knowledge Base.

If you would like in-person help, the TLP lab is open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm for walk-ins. Consultants are also available to meet with those who have deeper questions.

Read the entire article here.

How to Create A Total Points Column in the Grade Center

One of the essential elements of the Blackboard Learn Grade Center is the column that keeps a running total of points accumulated throughout the semester by students. An easy way to calculate this grade is to use categories in the calculation for a Total Points column. No formulas are needed and the total points will calculate automatically and correctly at any point during the semester.

The process is fairly easy and can be built within a matter of minutes. Please read this article if you would like to be able to easily calculate grades and share them with students to keep them apprised of their progress.

If you would like more help with your Grade Center please stop in to TLP, Monday through Friday, from 9 – 5. You can also call 530-898-6167 and speak to one of our lab staff or schedule an appointment with a consultant.

Read the entire article

How to Add an Extra-Credit Column to the Grade Center in Bb Learn

One of the frequent questions we get in the TLP lab is, “How do I add extra-credit points in the gradebook?” It is possible to create a column in which manually entered extra-credit points are added to students’ total points. The process is fairly easy, but requires a few steps.

The first step is to make sure that the column that computes the students’ total points is correctly set up. The second step requires an extra-credit column to be created into which the points will be added. The final step is to create a column that will sum the total points with the extra-credit points.

Does this sound complicated? If so then proceed to our Bb Learn Knowledge Base article that will detail the steps to create the columns in the Grade Center.