This is now live, as of 24th September 2019, and you will be able to set up assignments in 2019-20 Courses. There will be no further updates passed from RISIS to Blackboard for 2018-19. If there are any assessments for 2018-19 courses which have not already been set up in RISIS and provisioned in Blackboard, these will have to be created manually. You will still be able to pass marks from Blackboard to RISIS for any 2018-19 assessments which have already been set up in Blackboard.
The Enhanced Grades Journey tool has been developed by Blackboard in consultation with technical staff from the University of Reading. The main improvement is that you can now edit assessment details in RISIS, and these changes will be automatically transferred to Blackboard.
Changes in the new version
Setting up assessments in RISIS and Provisioning assessments in Blackboard
This is largely unchanged. However the enhancements mean that Blackboard Tests are now included in the Integration. These will create a Weighted Total column in the Blackboard Grade Centre.
There is also a new RISIS Mode of Submission: Blackboard Assignment (rolling deadlines)
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.
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 email@example.com for advice in this scenario.
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.
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.