Blackboard for Instructors – Grading Signature Assignments with LiveText

Blackboard for Instructors – Grading Signature Assignments with LiveText


Welcome to the LiveText training for Signature
Assignments. LiveText by Watermark is used in the School
of Education and Nursing primarily for signature assignments. It is also used for professional dispositions
inventory, fieldwork formative and summative assessments and course portfolios. LiveText allows the university to assess our
students based on our program learning outcomes. This is used for WASC Senior College and University
Commission (WSCUC) accreditation, NCATE, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and CCNE,
so we need to have this data readily available in order to demonstrate we are meeting our
student learning outcomes. For this reason it is vital these signature
assignments are completed properly so we can adhere to accreditation standards. First, you will need to set up your LiveText
account. If you were previously a student, please contact
LiveText support to edit your student account to put an “XX” on your Brandman email
address and your Brandman ID# because you cannot use the same aliases for your new LiveText
faculty account. Once this has been done, please then create
your new faculty account and please make sure that you input your Brandman ID# and your
Brandman email address in order for you to be connected to your courses. As a new instructor, you will need a seven-digit
key code to obtain your free LiveText account. The School of Education and the School of
Nursing each have their own distinct key codes. Once you complete this training, you will
be provided with the key codes. Please use the key code associated with the
school you are teaching for. Take your key code and go to www.livetext.com. Click on the Register option in the upper
right corner of the screen, then scroll down and select Register again. Select Faculty Member and then enter your
key code. Follow the remaining prompts and be sure to
use your Brandman University email and your Brandman ID# during registration. Once you have registered and logged into your
account you will land on the Dashboard. Your dashboard lists all of your active assignments
for the course or courses you are assigned to. You’ll notice for each assignment on your
dashboard there are associated bars that are color-coded in red, yellow or green. Red indicates you have students who have not
yet submitted their assignment. Yellow indicates you have students who have
submitted the assignment but are waiting to be graded. And Green indicates you have graded the assignment. The number listed under the colored bar represents
the number of students for that category. You may also hover over the bar to get the
stats for that assignment. Click on the color bar or the Assess link
to go straight to the Submissions and Grading area for the selected assignment. On the following page, you will see assignments
Awaiting Submission, Awaiting Assessment and/or those that are Completed. Click on the name of the student under Awaiting
Assessment to begin grading. On the following page, you will want to download
the student’s submission to review, which is found under the Documents to be Assessed
section. **Note, there may be a video as an assignment,
in which case, if the video is under 1 GB, it will appear with a play button and you
can watch it. LiveText does not allow video files to be
over 1 GB.** On the right-hand side you will see several
options. Request Resubmission allows you to send the
submission back to the student so they can resubmit if there was an error in the upload. The Save button allows you to save your grading
progress but not officially submit the assessment. The Submit Assignment button will submit your
grading information and provide it to the student. Cancel will cancel your current session if
you did not intend on grading this particular assignment and take you back to the Submissions
& Grades page. Below those options, you will see the grading
area. Once you grade the student using the provided
rubric, be sure to enter the grade in the Grade box. Below the Grade box, you will be able to provide
comments back to the student. You are also able to attach documents using
this Attach button just below the comment box. Finally, you will use the provided rubric
below all of these options. It is recommended you use the Expand Rubrics
option to better view the rubric. This will provide a popup window of the rubric,
which you can resize to better evaluate the student’s submission. With the rubric open you will assess the student
according to the provided criterion. All you need to do is click on the box that
best matches what the student has earned and the rubric will keep that selection for you
unless you change it. Note that you can also provide individualized
comments for each criterion by clicking on the speech bubble with the plus sign located
on the left side of the page. This will expand a comment section for you
to type in additional comments that are specific to the rubric. Once you are done, note the total points in
the lower right corner of the screen so you can input this into the Grade box. Then be sure to click Save and Close in the
upper right-hand corner of the screen. Input the grade from the rubric into the Grade
box. When you are officially done with this assessment,
click the Submit Assessment button. Once this is done, you will have to go into
Blackboard and manually enter the points in your grade center column since Blackboard
and LiveText are not connected. If a student does not submit a signature assignment
to LiveText, please fill in all of the boxes with “Not completed” in the rubric and
then record the grade as a “zero” in LiveText while also reporting the grade in Blackboard. If you have any questions or need additional
assistance, please contact your school’s designated contact. For the School of Education, please email
[email protected] For the School of Nursing, please contact
Gail Hock at [email protected]

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