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Helping Students to Succeed

From Blackboard’s Online Help:

“Knowing how your students are performing helps you understand what your students are ready for and capable of. As you monitor student performance in your course, you can ensure all have an opportunity for success.

“In the traditional classroom setting, you can determine if students are grasping the material through nonverbal cues, facial expressions, participation, and hand raises. In your online course, you can assess student performance with a collection of Blackboard Learn tools.

“Start early. Use the tools to establish a baseline of student performance. This baseline is invaluable as you compare it to how your students perform throughout your course. You’ll see patterns and recognize when you need to help at-risk-students succeed and prevent high-performing students from getting bored. Creating a baseline also helps you become familiar with the tools and reports available to you.”

The tools available to Boise State faculty for monitoring student performance and increasing retention are briefly described below, with links to further information about each tool.

  • Retention Center: The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on pre-configured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.
  • Performance Dashboard: Use the Performance Dashboard to view all types of user activity in your course, to see which of your students have done what and when they did it. The Performance Dashboard displays a variety of information about all users of the course site, including last course access, days since last course access, participation in the discussion board, grades, and more.
  • Course Reports: You can run several types of course reports to view information about course usage and activity. You can view summaries of course usage including which course areas are used most frequently and course access patterns for specific students. Guided by this information, you can make purposeful, data-driven revisions to your coverage of course content or can intervene with students who are struggling.
  • Student Preview: With Student Preview, you can see your course site through a student’s eyes. As an instructor, you want to be confident that your course is well designed and functions as intended—before your students see it. Use student preview to review the course content and validate the course behaviors, such as those that control the availability of course content or require a particular interaction from the student to be triggered.