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UMBC Featured in BbWorld Developer's Conference Keynote
July 11, 2011
UMBC's Check My Activity (CMA) feedback tool for students featured prominently in a keynote talk by John Fritz at the Blackboard World Developer's conference today.
IHE Journal Publishes Article on Check My Activity Tool for Students
February 24, 2011
The Internet and Higher Education has published an article about UMBC's Check My Activity (CMA) tool for students in its special issue on web mining in education. For more information, see the following:
Fritz, J., Classroom walls that talk: Using online course activity data of successful students to raise self-awareness of underperforming peers, Internet and Higher Education, Volume 14, Issue 2, March 2011, Pages 89-97.
Educause Publishes Video Demo of UMBC "Check My Activity" Tool for Students
February 4, 2011
A Case for Using The Blackboard Grade Book
May 19, 2010
In 2008, a national study of more than 30,000 seniors and freshmen at more than 100 colleges and universities (including UMBC) reported that students value the ability to check their grades far more than any other function in a course management system (CMS) like Blackboard. Yet, less than half of UMBC's Bb courses used the grade book this past fall and spring. We understand why: it takes a little time to master the Bb grade center, faculty may prefer to use Excel functions in an "offline" mode, and there may be a reluctance to put a grade on everything students do. But apart from keeping students from constantly pestering faculty, an active Bb grade book can be "leveraged" in some interesting ways.
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