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How to set up Lockdown Browser in Learn.

Respondus Lockdown Browser (or LDB) is a tool used to provide additional security for tests and quizzes. It prohibits students from navigating away from their exam/quiz and looking at other resources on the web during the testing period. LDB can be used on a student’s personal computer or in the University Testing Center. You can set a password and distribute it to students or to the Testing Center. In the Testing Center, proctors will enter the password before students can begin the test.

To set up LDB for your exam/quiz:

  1. From the Control Panel, click Course Tools > Respondus Lockdown Browser.
  2. Find the test you want to lockdown, click the action link, and select Modify Settings.
  3. Click the radio button to Require Respondus Lockdown Browser for this Exam.
  4. Enter a password to access the exam.
  5. Click Save and Close.

How to change the course entry point.

Blackboard Learn allows you to set the entry point for your course. When students click to enter your course, the designated page will open up.

  1. In the Edit On view, go to the Control Panel and expand Customization.
  2. Click on Teaching Style to display the settings page.
  3. Under #1 Select Course Entry Point, click the drop down arrow to display available choices. (Note: Blank pages/areas will not be displayed in this drop-down menu)
  4. Select the desired page and click Submit.

How to set up audio for Blackboard Collaborate.

Whether recording a session or listening to a previously recorded session, you and your students will need to run the Audio Set-up Wizard in order to hear any audio associated with a Blackboard Collaborate session. Running the Audio Setup Wizard will ensure the microphone and speakers you are using are configured to work with Collaborate. You will only need to run the Audio Setup Wizard one time. NOTE: If you use multiple web browsers, you will need to run the Audio Set-up Wizard once for each browser.

To access the Audio Set-up Wizard:

  1. From the main Blackboard Collaborate interface, select Tools > Audio > Audio Setup Wizard.
  2. Follow the prompts to test your speakers and microphone.


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How to add exceptions to an assessment.

When creating an assessment, Learn allows you to add exceptions for some students who may need additional time to take the assessment, to take the assessment on a different day, or additional completion attempts. Follow the steps below to set up these exceptions.

From the Test Options page:

  1. Scroll to section 3.
  2. Click the Add User or Group button.
  3. Check the boxes to select the student(s) who should have additional time.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. The students are added as exceptions. You can then enter additional attempts, a different time period and different display dates. These options will apply only to the selected students.

How to create a timed quiz.

Click here for instructions to create a quiz.

To make sure students only have a certain amount of time to complete the quiz, you will set the timer on the quiz. To do this from the quiz Test Options, scroll down to the Test Availability section and check the Set Timer box. Enter the amount of time students will have to complete the quiz. If you want the system to automatically submit the quiz once time has expired, click the Auto-Submit ON radio button.

Determine any other Test Options and click Submit.

How to change the Smart View links in the Learn Control Panel.

The links that appear under Full Grade Center are simply Smart Views that have been starred as favorites. Smart Views are a way to filter your gradebook to show selected columns/items. By default, you will see Assignments and Tests.

To change the Smart View links that display:

  1. From Full Grade Center, click Manage > Smart Views.
  2. Click the star icons to add a Smart View as a favorite. You can also create new Smart Views.
  3. The starred smart views now display as links in Control Panel > Grade Center.

How to upload data from different spreadsheets to the same gradebook column in Learn.

If you have several TAs who upload grades to Learn or several instructors share the same grade book in a merged course, you may have a need to upload several times to the same gradebook column using different source documents.

To understand how to upload multiple times to the same column in Learn, you must first understand how Learn tracks columns. Each column is given a 4-6 digit column ID. When you download your gradebook from Grade Center, you will see this column ID  in the header of each column. This code is needed to match the column in your offline spreadsheet to the same column in Learn.

To upload multiple times to the same gradebook column:

  1. From Full Grade Center, click the action link for the column and select Quick Column Information.
  2. Note the column ID.
  3. Open the spreadsheet with the data you want to upload. Note: Remember, a column with CougarNet IDs are necessary to upload any gradebook files to Learn. Also, be sure to keep a back-up copy of any data in case you encounter a problem.
  4. Enter the column ID in the column header with the relevant data (e.g. Assignment 5 | 71236). Note: It is very important you use the correct code. Double-check the column ID before you proceed.
  5. Upload to Grade Center.
  6. Repeat steps 3-6 as necessary to upload all data. Scores will be added to the existing Grade Center column.

When will You Use This?

These steps are helpful when working with a variety of data including Testing Center results and third party publisher scores. Any data with CougarNet IDs can be uploaded multiple times to gradebook without needing to download a new sheet from Grade Center.

This can also be used by TAs working on a spreadsheet downloaded at the beginning of the semester. You can create the grade center column, email the TAs the column code, and they can upload multiple times to the same column without needing a new grade center download.

How to Create a Smart View in Grade Center

To view certain columns, you can create Smart Views to filter the Grade Center. Once created, Smart Views can be turned on or off as desired.

Step I: Create the Smart View
  1. From the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Click the Manage drop-down menu and select Smart Views.
  3. Click the Create Smart View button.
  4. Enter a Name for the Smart View (e.g. Test Group 1)
  5. In Type of View, select the appropriate type. For example, click the Course Group radio button.
  6. Enter the desired Selection Criteria. For example, to see users in a particular group, enter the following:
    1. User Criteria: Group
    2. Condition: Equal to
    3. Value: Test 1
  7. Click Submit.

Step II: Apply the Smart View
  1. From the Full Grade Center, click the Filter button located next to the Work Offline drop-down menu. The filter menu displays.
  2. Click the Current View drop-down menu and select your created Smart View (i.e. Test Group 1).
  3. The gradebook now shows only those covered by the smart view.

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