The Enhanced Grades Journey tool was developed by Blackboard in consultation with technical staff from the University of Reading. The main improvement was allowing you to edit assessment details in RISIS, and for these changes to be automatically transferred to Blackboard.
Editing assessment details in RISIS
Any changes you make in RISIS will now be reflected in Blackboard, typically within a few minutes.
The title of the Blackboard Grade Centre column (and submission point where applicable) will also change.
Due Date or Time
The new date and time will be applied to the submission point and Grade Centre column
Modes of Submission which create a Manual Column
The new date and time will be applied to the Grade Centre column.
Modes of Submission which create a Weighted Column (e.g. Turnitin, Blackboard Tests)
No due date / time recorded for the Grade Centre column, so no change.
You will need to manually update the due date / time on the submission point.
Changing the Due Date for an assessment
The new Points Possible will be applied to the the Blackboard Grade Centre column (and submission point where applicable).
Exception: on an assessment where there are already marks in Blackboard, the Points Possible in Blackboard will not be updated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for advice in this scenario.
Changing the Points Possible for a Weighted Total column
Changing the Points Possible for a Blackboard Assignment
Changing the Points Possible for a Manual column
Mode of Submission
If the new Mode of Submission generates something different in Blackboard (e.g. changing from a Blackboard Assignment to Turnitin) then
- the old Grade Centre and/or submission point will have ‘NOT IN USE’ added to its name
- a new Grade Centre and/or submission point will be created.
If the new Mode of Submission produces the same result in Blackboard (e.g. changing from Turnitin to a Multipart Assessment) then there will be no change in Blackboard.
Changing the Mode of Submission
Assessment deleted in RISIS
The Grade Centre Column (and submission point where applicable) will have ‘DELETED’ added to its name.
No change in Blackboard – assessment weighting has no effect on the way assessments are set up in Blackboard.
Editing assessment details in Blackboard
The following fields in Blackboard are controlled by the Integration
- Assessment Title
- Due date and time
- Assessment Start date – i.e. Available from date
- Points Possible
Additionally, for on-time submission points
- Assessment End date – i.e. Available until date
If you edit any of these fields on an [IC] assessment or Grade Centre column, the changes will subsequently be overwritten with the correct data from RISIS.
Deleting assessments in Blackboard
If you delete an [IC] assessment or Grade Centre column in Blackboard, and the assessment is still scheduled in RISIS, the Blackboard assessment / Grade Centre column will be recreated.
Approving marks in Blackboard
To Approve marks in Blackboard, to send them to RISIS, go to Grade Centre > Manage Grade Centre > Grade Approval and Transfer.
The Grade Approval and Transfer screen has been redesigned, but works in essentially the same way as before.
One improvement is that only Integrated [IC] Grade Centre Columns are shown on the approval screen.
If you select Approve Grades for one or more student, these will transfer to RISIS at the next scheduled time.
If you want to send marks to RISIS immediately, select Extract.
How are marks sent from Blackboard to RISIS – further information