Monitoring Performance

Monitoring Performance








Monitoring Student Performance
Student performance may be monitored in a number of ways including the use of grade
center color codes, Performance Dashboard and the Retention Center.

Color Codes
Color codes apply background and text color to items in the grade center meeting the
instructor’s specific criteria and provide a visual alert to students who are performing
above or below a predetermined level. Note: This shows up on the instructor’s view only, not
in the student view.

Set Up Color Codes
1. Access Grading Color Codes from the Manage menu on the Full Grade Center.

2. Enable grading color codes by checking the box. Select color coding options for grading
status (in progress, needs grading and exempt) and grade ranges as desired.
3. Click Add Criteria. In the example below, the criteria is set to change cell background
color to red for grades in the 0-69% range.

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Example of Color Coding in the Instructor’s View

Performance Dashboard
The Performance Dashboard provides a quick view into all types of user activity in a
course. Data is displayed for the class in table form and includes date of and days since last
access and the following when made available:
Review Status: displays the number of content items that have been reviewed by a user.
(Click the link for a detailed view of content items reviewed)
Adaptive Release: displays a course map of every content item in the course for a student
with icons indicating which are available to the user and which have been reviewed. (Click
the icon to display the course map)
Discussion Board: displays the number of posts for a user. (Click the link to display which
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forums a user has posted to and statistics about each post)
Customize Retention Center: displays the number of alerts and the total number of rules
for a user (Click the link to open the Retention Center page for the user.- example shown
below)
View Grades: Click the icon to display the Grade Center.

Viewing the Performance Dashboard
1. Access Performance Dashboard under Evaluation in the Control Panel.
2. Click numbers in the student’s row under Customize Retention Center to set up customized
view and monitoring for a specific student

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Retention Center
Retention Center enables the instructor to monitor which students are at risk due to factors
such as missed deadlines, grades, course activity and course access.

Viewing the Retention Center
1. There are two ways to access the Retention Center – via Retention Center under
Evaluation in the Control Panel and under the Global Navigation Menu.
a. Access via the Global Navigation Menu brings you to the Retention Center
information page which displays all courses you teach in Blackboard. Click the
course name then See Details to display the course Retention Center page for a
specific course.
b. Access via Retention Center under Evaluation in the Control Panel brings you
directly to the specific course Retention Center Page.

2. Click a course name then See Details to view the At Risk table for a specific course

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3. The main sections of the Retention Center page include an at-risk table (students
currently at risk), students you are currently monitoring and your own activity in the
course. You create rules for these categories under Customize on the Retention Center
Page
 Missed Deadlines – triggers an alert for students who miss a defined due date for a test,
assignment or survey. Note: a false alert may be triggered if assignments are not
corrected by the due date
 Grades – triggers an alert for students who score below a defined level on a grade center
column; can be based on points, percentage or average grade
 Course Activity – triggers an alert for students whose activity is below a certain level
based on number of clicks
 Course Access – triggers an alert for students who have not logged in for a defined
number of days

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4. From the Customize Retention Center Page you may create a rule for any of the
categories in the at risk table.

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Example for Grade Rule

5. Click a red dot indicating an alert on the course Retention Center page to view more
information about that alert for a student. From this page you can click Monitor which
will show up in the “students you are monitoring” list

6. Click a student’s name to display a Retention Status page for that student

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Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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