At the request and under the guidance of NIU faculty, ITS has been working throughout the summer and fall 2009 to develop a building block for Blackboard that will allow NIU faculty to send course grades from the Blackboard Grade Center directly to course grade rosters in MyNIU.
Faculty who use the Blackboard Grade Center to calculate final grades will soon be able to choose to export final grades from Blackboard instead of manually entering grades in MyNIU, saving time and the reducing the opportunity for data entry errors. This tool will especially be helpful to faculty who teach classes with large enrollments. After submitting grades from Blackboard using this new tool, faculty will have to login to MyNIU to view the final grades, and post them officially.
The grade submission tool was designed and pilot-tested successfully with the help of faculty focus groups and the tool will be available for use in December 2009.
Features of the new Blackboard Grade Submission Tool include:
- One-time submission of final grades from Blackboard to MyNIU
- Submission from any of the following types of Blackboard courses:
- Individual Courses
- Master Courses
- Combined Courses
- Compatible with all course rosters in MyNIU regardless of grading schema
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center in conjunction with ITS will offer several workshops in December to demonstrate the new Blackboard Grade Submission Tool and will provide faculty with step-by-step instructions on submitting their final grades from Blackboard to MyNIU.
For more details or to register, visit http://www.niu.edu/blackboard/workshops
More details about the New Blackboard Grade Submission Tool are available at http://www.niu.edu/blackboard/gradecenter/gradesubmission.shtml