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Blackboard – Tracking Student Progress

In Blackboard, there are a few ways to track students’ progress.

We recommend using these as tools for compassionate and early intervention to identify students who need extra help and to assist instructors in improving overall student engagement. For instance, if you ask students to indicate they have read an article or watched a video or seen a set of instructions by clicking the “mark reviewed” button (with Review Status enabled), you have created a feedback loop. If students have missed this step, you can follow up to ensure that they understand where you’re providing information and identify barriers to learning that you might be able to help remove.

Statistics Tracking

If you would like to be able to run a report of which students have viewed or clicked on an object [item, link, test, assignment, etc.] in Blackboard, you can manually enable statistics tracking for that object and then run a Statistics Report to view activity for a range of time and some/all students.

To turn on Statistics Tracking

  1. In Edit Mode, access an object’s menu.
  2. Choose “Statistics Tracking.”
  3. Select On to enable statistics tracking for the item.
  4. Select Submit. Enabled: Statistics Tracking appears after the item name.

To view a Statistics Tracking report for an object

  1. In Edit Mode, access an object’s menu.
  2. Choose “View Statistics Report.”
  3. Access the Content Usage Statistics menu and select “Run.”
  4. Choose the desired parameters for the report.

    A report will only include student activity that occurred after Statistics Tracking was enabled.To see all students on the report, select no names. To see a single student on the report, choose that student’s name.

  5. Select Submit.
  6. Select “Download Report.”
  7. The report will show the dates selected at the top of the chart and the number of times each student viewed that object by date.

Review Status

Review Status is a lot like Statistics Tracking, but requires that students manually acknowledge that they have “reviewed” the object [item, link, test, assignment, etc.]. You can then run a Review Status report to view activity for a range of time and some/all students.

To turn on Review Status

  1. In Edit Mode, access an object’s menu.
  2. Choose “Set Review Status.”
  3. Select Enable to enable review status for the item.
  4. Select Submit. Enabled: Review appears after the item name.

How students use Review Status

Students must manually click the “Mark Reviewed” button for their activity to be tracked in a Review Status report.

After they have clicked the button, they will see a note on their Blackboard page that says “Reviewed.”

To view a Review Status report for an object

  1. In Edit Mode, access an object’s menu.
  2. Choose “User Progress.”
  3. A chart will display showing which students have marked the object reviewed and when they reviewed it.

This article on the Blackboard Retention Center provides information about another tool for tracking students.

Updated on September 21, 2020

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