Blackboard provides a variety of assessment features. Test and surveys may be used for formative assessment. Student assignments may be submitted electronically. Results are kept in the Blackboard gradebook, which provides a variety of analytical features. Results may also be exported for more complex analysis using programs such as SPSS and Microsoft Excel.
Please note that for summative assessment iSolutions recommends the QuestionMark Perception CAA service.
The Grade Centre provides an area within your Blackboard course to store results data. Student scores from Blackboard tests and surveys are stored in the grade centre automatically.
The Self and Peer Assessment feature in Blackboard allows you to set questions for your students. Once students have answered these questions, and a deadline has passed, they are then required to review and assess the answers of their peers (and themselves). This can be done anonymously or not depending on your preference. You can also provide model answers for the students to refer to when comparing submissions made by themselves and their peers. Finally, it is possible to provide criteria against which the students can ‘mark’ the submitted answers.
Instructors can reward students on their Blackboard courses with achievements in the form of badges and certificates. These can be set up so that students receive the badge or certificate when they have fulfilled certain criteria that the instructor has set, for example achieving a certain score in a test, or completing certain course activities. In non-academic uses of Blackboard, badges and achievements can be used to demonstrate extra-curricular activities. If students use Mozilla Open Backpack they can take their badges to their backpack where they can display them to potential employers and other interested parties.