Digi Know – Module Evaluation Surveys now accessible from Course Resources

With the EvaSys evaluation system successfully talking to Blackboard, students can now access module evaluation links to online surveys via Course Resources. Any available surveys will be displayed in the section called My Surveys which can be seen when they log into Course Resources.

If there are no surveys or once they have taken surveys, a message will be displayed advising that there are no surveys as shown below.

Once the students complete the surveys, their responses are registered into the EvaSys evaluation system ready for reporting.

Digi Know – Class Notebook is now available within Blackboard

You can now create a Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook for a given module within Course Resources. Invitations to join the notebook will be sent automatically to students.

Class Notebook

The OneNote Class Notebook is specific type of notebook that lets you use OneNote to create, deliver and collaborate on content with Students within and outside of the classroom.

More information about Class Notebook can be found here

Digi Know: Printing out responses to Essay/Short Answer Questions in Blackboard Tests

So, you finally took the plunge and used a short answer/essay style question in your Blackboard test and now you are needing to mark it. Problem is 250 students sat that exam and you have 250 different answers that need marking and just like a written exam you want to make notes/comments on the submitted responses. With a paper based exam this is easy – you just write on the exam script. Turnitin has the functionality to add notes/comments directly onto the assignment submission but with computer based exams, there is no functionality to do this at all.

The other issue is that there is no built in print or export function. However by following the instructions below will help in resolving the above. As I’m sure you have already realized if you want to retain these you will need to keep the hard copies

1 In the Module Management Menu on Blackboard, Select Grade Centre and then Tests.


The Grade Centre will appear.


2 Identify the test in the “Grade Information Bar” that has the short answer/essay style question


3 Click the “Click for more options” arrow next to the test name at the top of the score matrix.3a

4 Select the “Grade Questions” option.


You will see a screen similar to this


5 Identify under the Question Type column a question that is a short answer or essay style question.


6 There will be a number two columns to the right. This is the number of attempts for this question. Click on this number. This will show all the answers submitted to this question


7 Select the right hand mouse button next to a student name. On the resulting menu select “Print”


8 Follow the on screen guidance for printing
9 You can now make comments and notes accordingly.


10 Don’t forget that after each question you can give student feedback. You may wish to summarize your notes/comments and inform your students of how you marked the question

Digi Know – Turnitin Rubric Examples

Example TII RubricFollowing on from Greg’s post about Rubrics in Turnitin, I thought it would be useful to share a teaching resources page from the Turnitin website, which showcases a variety of rubrics. These rubrics can be downloaded, customised and used in your own assessments.

For further advice and guidance, please contact the TEL team via tel@derby.ac.uk or ext 1865

Digi Know: You can see what student’s see

A tip that a few people have found useful recently is using Edit Mode in Course Resources to check what students can see in modules. This has come in handy when academics have been told by students they can’t see some content.

Simply by turning Edit Mode off, you’ll be able to have a student eye view of a module area. Here’s the difference it makes to the module menu:

Edit Button in Course Resources

Digi Know You can use Rubrics with Turnitin

What is a Rubric

A rubric is a guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects, or tests to ensure uniform marking. Online rubrics are normally set out in a grid showing criteria down the side and attainment level across the top.


Importing Turnitin Rubrics

Digi you know that Turnitin has prebuilt rubrics that you can down load and either use straightaway with one of your assignment, or use as a starting point when creating your own rubrics.

Download Turnitin rubrics here: http://turnitin.com/en_us/community/teaching-tools/rubrics

You can also download an excel template for creating rubrics off line from the import page.

Once you have imported a rubric you will be able apply it to any of your assignments. You will also be able to duplicate it and edit it to create new rubrics.


The above picture is the rubric section of a Turnitin assignment.

At the moment the feature to show which rubric is applied to an assignment is broken. If someone else has applied a rubric to a test you won’t be able to see the rubric here, you will just see the “No rubric/form” option. This does not mean that there is no rubric attached to this assignment. You will be able to see the rubric while marking a paper.

Want to know more

If you want to know more about how you use rubrics with either Turnitin assignments or Blackboard assignments please take a look at our help guides http://www.derby.ac.uk/about/learning-enhancement/learning-teaching/technology-media/helpguides/esubmissionturnitin/ or contact the TEL team at TEL@Derby.ac.uk

Digi Know: Battle of the Forms – Google V Office 365


So, back in June Microsoft released Forms in Office 365 for Education, which fulfilled a gap in the Microsoft product range that Google had been offering since 2012. Using forms is a quick and easy way to create a survey or quiz and be able to analyse and evaluate responses almost immediately.

Microsoft are still relatively behind in developing this technology and currently only provide it for education, not the general public or for enterprise. However on the plus side one can fully integrate all Microsoft products now without relying on external sources such as Google Forms or Surveymonkey, this is a big plus where consistency is essential.

Let’s compare the 2 products:


In my experience of using forms (Google) in the classroom, being able to provide a visual alongside a Question has been vital in providing test questions and so Microsoft not offering this simple option in their forms product is a big oversight and something that I hope will be added soon. The possibilities that Forms opens up in a classroom setting, alongside other Office 365 products such as OneNote and the Class Notebook is encouraging to a more dynamic approach providing a synergism between the Tutor and the Student.

I did experience some further frustration the other day when a colleague asked me to share with her a form I had created in Office 365 Forms. After about 5 minutes of clicking (and swearing) I Googled (Oh…the irony) the problem. You cannot have a co-author or collaborate on one form in Office 365 forms, hmmm bit of a problem when collaboration is key to good academic practice!

The ability to Upload Files in Google Forms is, in my opinion, a massive game changer. As a long time user of the Google for Education suite this feature embodies what Google Apps for Education is about and that’s a seamless integration of the products into a student’s user experience.

Come on Microsoft, I’m batting for your team now!

Digi Know: Engaging students in the classroom


It can be difficult for students to stay engaged in a lecture especially if it is long or towards the end of the day. One of the easy ways you can break the session is by getting the students to participate using quiz tools. You can pop questions of different types like Multiple Choice, True/False or even Text Response.

Here are some of the tools:

Students are given the TurningPoint handsets to use for the selection of their answers during the class quiz. Handsets can be borrowed from the library. Book well in advance of your session to ensure they will be available on the day.

Students use their own mobile devices to select the answers. The tool can be freely used from the internet. Tutor needs to create an account so that they can create the quiz questions. Socrative can bring competitiveness to the lecture making learning fun for students.

Like Socrative, students use their own mobile devices to select their answers and the tutor needs to create an account. PollEverywhere has an additional question type that allows students to click on an area on a given image. The tutor is able to see the different areas students were clicking on.

Also have a look at our Help Guides and the Ideas Factory for other ideas. For help with any of these tools, contact tel@derby.ac.uk. If you are using or have used any other quiz tool you found useful, could you please let us know by commenting on this post.

Digi Know: Provisional Grades & Feedback tool

Course Resources now has the Provisional Tools and Feedback tool enabled. Please see the video below for a brief overview. The tool currently exists in the module navigation, but is hidden until enabled by a tutor.


For more information and guidance, please view our help guides or contact the tel@derby.ac.uk

Digi Know: You can make your old Flash animation fit for the future

Flash animation and interaction were used heavily in educational during the 00’s but with the proliferation of mobile devices and modern browsers dropping support for flash due to security flaws, Flash .swf files are becoming obsolete.

If you have old Flash .swf files and you want to continue using them, you can by converting them to videos. Unfortunately Flash interaction will lose their interactivity, However if appropriate you can demonstrate interaction by clicking on the interaction during the recording and also you can add a voice over to explain what is happening and what you are doing. Doing this will once again make you interaction available on all modern browsers and for the first time viewable on mobile devices.

There are a number of option for recording your Flash interactions.

Camtasia, Panopto and Kalture CaptureSpaceLite are all supported by the University.

Camtasia is available to use in the Video Booth in B114 and can be booked by emailing tel@derby.ac.uk or calling 01332 591249. Camtasia will capture the flash window, any interaction audio from your Flash .SWF file and a voice over, but you will need to upload the output video file to the internet for students to access it. Camtasia also provides a comprehensive set of video editing tools.

Panopto can be used. This is available in all teaching spaces and can be downloaded onto work and home PCs. Panopto automatically upload your video so you can access it through blackboard and it will record the interaction audio and a voice over. However Panopto will only record the whole screen so if your interaction is small it will look lost in the middle of the screen. Panopto does have basic editing tools. For instruction on how to use Panopto go to http://www.derby.ac.uk/about/learning-enhancement/learning-teaching/technology-media/lecture-recording/ or the Panopto module on blackboard https://courseresources.derby.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContentEditable.jsp?content_id=_1850222_1&course_id=_47260_1

CaptureSpaceLite is available to down load through Blackboard media gallery onto any PC. Kalture CaptureSpaceLite will capture the flash video window and a voice over but not any audio from your Flash interaction. Once you have edited it with the basic editing tools it will upload your video straight to your My Media folder in blackboard . For instruction on how to use CaptureSpaceLite Click CaptureCpace lite install record and share on courseresources.pfd.

N.B. Always make sure you have copyright clearance to reuse the flash content before you make the video.