UPDATE: Video Archive Now Available
Consistent with a 2008 national study showing students value checking grades more than ANY single function in a course management system like Blackboard, UMBC's first Spring 2008 Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) "Brown Bag" workshop will show how and why UMBC instructors may want to influence AND leverage this obsessive "status checking" behavior.
Specifically, Suzanne Braunschweig and John Fritz will show how she used new myUMBC & Blackboard reporting tools in her Fall 2008 course (SCI100 "Water: An Interdisciplinary Study"), and why the Division of Information Technology developed them.
They will also share results of a SCI100 student survey showing that students are much more inclined to check their own Bb activity before future assignments are due if instructors will post an anonymous Grade Distribution Report (GDR) by Bb activity for past assignments. To view a short, informal video screencast Fritz created to show Braunschweig how to create a GDR by Bb activity, click here.
Note: An examination of 2007-08 voluntary instructor GDRs showed students earning a final grade of D or F tended to use Blackboard 35 percent less than students earning a final grade of C or higher.
This Brown Bag workshop will be held on Thursday, February 12, at noon. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.umbc.edu/brownbag. Light refreshments will be provided to registered participants.