Summer 2018 Blackboard Grade Submission Window

Posted: 8/10/2018

Student course evaluations must be completed before faculty are able to submit grades in MyNIU, to preserve students' objectivity by not biasing their responses based on their final grade. To be able to extend the course evaluation time period, Registration & Records has changed the timing of summer grade roster creation. To be consistent with other terms, grade rosters will not be created in MyNIU until the day following the end of the session. For the summer 2018 session, grade rosters will be created in MyNIU on August 13, 2018, with grades due by noon on August 14, 2018.

The Blackboard Grade Submission tool cannot be used until the grade roster is available in MyNIU. This means faculty can begin using the Grade Submission tool after the morning server synchronization between the two systems. As a result, the Grade Submission tool will be available after approximately 7:30 a.m. on August 13, 2018. In the past, the Blackboard Grade Submission tool closed at midnight of the night before grades were due, to ensure there was sufficient time for data to transfer and for faculty to verify and post grades in MyNIU, but this would be too short of a window to be practical. Starting with the summer 2018 session, the Blackboard Grade Submission tool will be available until 11 a.m. on the day that grades are due, leaving a one hour buffer for reviewing and posting grades. After 11 a.m., faculty will have to enter grades manually in MyNIU.

For summer 2018, the window for using the Blackboard Grade Submission tool is as follows:

  • Monday, August 13 at 7:30 a.m. - Blackboard Grade Submission tool becomes available
  • Tuesday, August 14 at 11 a.m. - Blackboard Grade Submission tool closes

For future terms, the window for using the Blackboard Grade Submission tool will be:

  • Day following the close of the term at 7:30 a.m. - Blackboard Grade Submission tool becomes available
  • Day on which grades are due at 11 a.m. - Blackboard Grade Submission tool closes

If you have any questions about using the Blackboard Grade Submission tool, please contact the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at facdev@niu.edu or 815-753-0595.

 


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