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Running your Course

Monitoring Student Participation

Blackboard Learn helps instructors manage student participation through a variety of tools. You can start with some simple methods such as monitoring student activity in your course using Tracking Statistics, Course Statistics, Performance Dashboard and Early Warning Systems. This section will provide an overview of these very useful tools.

Start using one or two of the tools and then as you get more comfortable with Blackboard, try implementing additional tools.  

It is important to keep track of what your students are doing in the course. This will allow you to follow-up with those students who are not keeping up with course assignments, intervening pro-actively before students fall too far behind in the course and keep the lines of communication open.  If there are extenuating 'life events' that are interfering with your student's ability to keep up with the course work, early intervention will help the student be successful in your course.  Additionally, we have learned that many incidents of academic dishonesty occur when students have fallen behind. The key, of course, is to keep the lines of communication open.

Statistics Tracking

You can use statistics tracking in Blackboard to see if students are viewing important content in your course.

To view a brief flash tutorial, click here. (01:28 min)

Course Reports

This tool allows you to run a report that will show how many times each student has visited the content areas of the course. These reports can be set for a specific time period and can include all students in the course or only select students.

To view a brief flash tutorial, click here. (03:51 min)

The Performance Dashboard

This tool gives a quick view of the last time a student logged in and a total of the student's discussion board posts.

To view a brief flash tutorial, click here. (01:40 min)

Using the Performance Dashboard is a very helpful way to keep track of your students' activity within the course. A good rule of thumb is to contact the student if he/she has not logged on for 4 or 5 days. A friendly email is usually sufficient to get the student back on track. Sometimes, you will need to follow-up with a phone call. You can obtain the student’s phone number in DrexelOne under the ‘Faculty’ tab.

Sample content:

Dear Susie,

I have noticed that it has been more than 5 days since you last logged onto the course. This concerns me. Are you ok? Is there anything interfering with your ability to meet the course expectations? Is there anything that I can do to help?

Remember, it is important to keep the lines of communication open.

Sincerely,

Prof/Dr. ____

Generally, this friendly reminder gets the student back on track before he/she falls too far behind. In other instances, it provides an opportunity for the student to identify needs/accommodations that will help him/her be successful. Often, it does not take much accommodation.

Remember, the key is in keeping the lines of communication open and building relationships.

In rare instances, you may not be able to reach the student. If this should occur,  you may need to contact the Program Director, Course Coordinator or Academic Advisor or another individual depending upon your Department /Division policy.