Program Assessment in Blackboard

BlackBoard has a lot of tools embedded within it, creating what can seem almost a bewildering assortment of options and possibilities for instruction and assessment. There are, however, tools that allow broader, programmatic assessment by collecting random samples of student work to allow a juried review by departmental faculty. This works particularly well for disciplines with large enrollments (e.g., English, Math, History, etc.) in which there is a shared assignment that can be evaluated using a common rubric. Such an approach minimizes the burden on individual faculty, while allowing for a comprehensive survey of student performance. The Composition & Literary Studies department, for example, has been using this strategy for several years now with great success.

If your department is interested in possibly pursuing this as an assessment strategy, please contact Ron Johns, Associate Dean of Assessment & Evaluation, at, and complete the request form below.

BlackBoard Access Request Form

In juried reviews, student work is randomly sampled and scored by trained faculty in order to gain an overview of student performance in a class or program.

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