Most of the assessments for my “Technology 4 Teachers” course this term have been short one to three question quizzes in WebCT / Blackboard which asked students to provide a direct link to their blog, where they responded to an assignment. This has made the assessment process fairly speedy for me, since I could readily copy and paste that link into a new browser tab, scan the student blog post, and then give them a score following one of our assessment rubrics. One of the BIG things I’ve learned about quizzes in WebCT / Blackboard this term that surprised me, however, is that feedback/comments I give to students are NOT recorded in the system so I can view view them later UNLESS I put comments at the bottom of each quiz. In other words, individual comments I leave on specific questions are viewable ONLY by students, and NOT by me or others who might view my course for auditing purposes later. For this reason, I’ve started to leave comments in BOTH the student comment area AND in the “audit log” area for each quiz:
This is not a HUGE pain, but it seems unnecessary. WebCT / Blackboard developers should make ALL instructor comments part of the “audit log” for a particular course. I’m not sure if this is something newer versions of WebCT/Blackboard have addressed or not. UCO is currently using WebCT Campus Edition 6.
If I teach this course again in the fall (which is likely) I may use Moodle instead of WebCT / Blackboard. It will be interesting to compare the quiz features, and especially the audit log features of Moodle to those of this EXPENSIVE learning management system.
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