One of the main ways that students can access the marks and feedback provided for online assignments is via the ‘My Grades’ tool in Blackboard.
The TEL team have modified the design and layout of the ‘My Grades’ screen to make it easier and clearer for students to use. Improving the ability for students to recognise where and how to access to their feedback when looking at the ‘My Grades’ screen has been the key objective of this enhancement.
This revised design is now live in Blackboard and available to students.
This improvement means that:
- Greater prominence has been given to the link a student clicks on to access their feedback for an assignment, reducing the dominance of the mark.
- The availability of feedback is highlighted to a student by a large clickable button, clearly labelled ‘Title of assignment – View Feedback’.
- The details and status of assignments are more visible, having increased the size of the text and adjusted line spacing.
The functionality of the ‘My Grades’ screen has not changed but the re-design should improve usability for your students.
When a student clicks on the ‘View Feedback’ button for an assignment they will be able to open a view of their submitted work that shows all the feedback that the marker has provided.
The ‘My Grades’ screen is also responsive, allowing it to resize appropriately when students view it on the smaller screens of mobile devices.
Students have been notified of this enhancement in a news article on the me@reading portal.
Existing support materials on how to access and view feedback, currently highlighted to students on the ‘My Blackboard’ page, also include this information.