Faculty UCC Requirements: Face-to-Face

This page provides instructors teaching face-to-face (web-assisted) courses with the additional information needed to meet the University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements for the upcoming term.

Course Attendance/Participation

UCC instructors are tasked to track the attendance of students during the first two weeks of classes. For face-to-face courses, the instructor will need to take attendance (tracked by in person or electronic means), and record the results to their course shell by midnight (EST) on Friday, September 1st.

Mid-Semester Grades

To ensure that students receive feedback with sufficient time to improve their overall grade or modify their enrollment, the Provost has asked faculty members teaching UCC classes to enter a Mid-Semester Grade into the learning management system. Please note that the Mid-Semester Grade should not be associated with a particular assessment. It is a cumulative total of the student’s performance in your course up to the midpoint of the term.

All UCC courses will use a learning management system for their course to facilitate this initiative. Course Sections that were hosted in Blackboard between Summer 2015 and Summer 2017, will continue to use Blackboard this Fall.  All other UCC sections, that have not previously used Blackboard, will be hosted in Canvas. If you are part of the Canvas Pilot for Fall 2017, your pilot course will remain in Canvas.

At this time, all UCC course shells have been created, and you have access to them via Blackboard or Canvas. Login to your course with your FIU credentials.


Select a support option below to assist you in making the necessary changes to meet requirements for the upcoming term.

Training  Attendance  Mid-Semester Grades

Training

UCC Open Lab hours to assist faculty in our Resource Center are available from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. 4 p.m. on Friday, August 18th, Friday September 1st and Tuesday, September 5th.


Blackboard: UCC Training Covered in Blackboard Essentials Workshop
Provides an overview of the learning management system as well as a hands-on introduction to building and using a Blackboard course. These in-person workshops can assist you in making the necessary changes to meet requirements for the upcoming term.

Visit profdev.fiu.edu to register for a workshop.

MMC Schedule

Date Time Location
8
Tuesday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
14
Monday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
28
Monday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Library 141-E

BBC Schedule

Date Time Location
17
Thursday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AC1 393
30
Wednesday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AC1 393

Canvas: UCC Training
Provides an overview of the learning management system as well as a hands-on introduction to building and using a Canvas course. These in person workshops can assist you in making the necessary changes to meet requirements for the upcoming term.

Visit profdev.fiu.edu to register for a workshop. Visit here to view a brief online tutorial.

MMC Schedule

Date Time Location
7
Monday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
10
Thursday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
14
Monday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
17
Thursday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
22
Tuesday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Green Library 141-E
23
Wednesday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Green Library 141-E

BBC Schedule

Date Time Location
8
Tuesday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AC1 393
14
Monday
August, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
AC1 393
22
Tuesday
August, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
AC1 393

Attendance


Below are instructions on how to leverage Blackboard to provide students with an attendance grade. Please note that the attendance grade should not be associated with a particular assessment. It is a collective total of the student’s attendance for the first two weeks of your course.

Option 1: Manual Attendance Column

With this option, create a manual grade column in Blackboard named Attendance. Here you can enter the percentage of classes the student has attended. A grade of 100% signifies your student has attended all the in-person sessions of your course.

  1. In the Grade Center, select Create Column.
  2. On the Create Grade Column page, type Attendance for the Column Name. The name becomes the column name in the Grade Center and on students’ My Grades pages.
  3. In the Primary Display menu, select Percentage.
  4. In the Points Possible box, type the total points 100. Entries must be numeric.
  5. Under Options:
    Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations: Select No.
    Show this Column to Students: Select Yes to display the column to students in My Grades.
    Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades: Select No.
  6. Select Submit.
  7. Once the column is created you can input the attendance. Locate the newly created Attendance column, select the cell, type in the percentage score and press the enter key.

For a video tutorial, visit: Creating a Blackboard Grade Column

Option 2: Download Grade Center

With this option, you can work offline and enter the attendance record in an Excel Spreadsheet. A grade of 100% signifies your student has attended all the in-person sessions of your course.

  1. Complete Option 1, to create an Attendance Column.
  2. In the Grade Center, select Work Offline > Download.
  3. Under Select Data to Download, Click on Selected Column and Scroll to Attendance.
  4. Locate the downloaded Grade Center file.
  5. In the Attendance column, select the cell to input attendance, type in the percentage score and press the enter key.
  6. Once the attendance data has been inputted and the file has been saved, it can be uploaded.
  7. In the Grade Center, select Work Offline > Upload.
  8. Click Browse My Computer, and select the appropriate grade center excel. Click Submit
  9. You should see a preview of the scores, including the updated Attendance column.
  10. Click Submit.
Please Note: To avoid overwriting previous submissions, do not modify the Blackboard Grade Center while working offline.

For a video tutorial, visit: Download Grades


Below are instructions on how to leverage Canvas to provide students with an attendance grade. Please note that the attendance grade should not be associated with a particular assessment. It is a collective total of the student’s attendance for the first two weeks of your course.

Option 1: Attendance Column

An Attendance column has already been created for your Canvas course shell. You can manually input the percentage grade into the column in the Gradebook. In addition, you can bulk manage student attendance grades in the Gradebook.

Entering Attendance  Downloading Attendance

Option 2: Roll Call Attendance Tool

The Attendance tool (Roll Call) can be used for taking attendance within your Canvas course(s). The Roll Call Attendance tool will display a roster of your students and you can take attendance based on the date(s) you are meeting.

For detail information on how to use this tool visit the Canvas community page What is the Roll Call Attendance Tool?

Mid-Semester Grade


Below are instructions on how to leverage Blackboard to provide students with a mid-semester grade. Please note that these mid-semester grades should not be associated with a particular assessment. It is a cumulative total of the student’s performance in your course up to the midpoint of the term.

Should you need additional help with your web-assisted course, contact ETS. If you’re teaching a fully online course or a hybrid course, please contact FIU Online. We will be happy to assist you one-on-one managing your grades. In addition, professional development opportunities are available for you to register at your earliest convenience.

Option 1: Manual Grade Column

Create a manual grade column in Blackboard named Mid-Semester Grade, where you can enter the percentage for the student’s standing to date in your course.

  1. In the Grade Center, select Create Column.
  2. On the Create Grade Column page, type Mid-Semester Grade for the Column Name. The name becomes the column name in the Grade Center and on students’ My Grades pages.
  3. In the Primary Display menu, select Percentage.
  4. 1. In the Points Possible box, type the total points 100. Entries must be numeric.
  5. Under Options:
    - Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations: Select No.
    - Show this Column to Students: Select Yes to display the column to students in My Grades.
    - Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades: Select No.
  6. Select Submit.
  7. Once the column is created you can input the Mid-Semester Grade. Locate the newly created Mid-Semester Grade column, select the cell, type in the percentage score and press the enter key.

For a video tutorial, visit: Creating a Blackboard Grade Column

Option 2: Weighted Total / Total Points Column

Use the Total column or the Weighted Total column to show students where they currently stand, based on all graded assignments up until the midway point in the term.

Total column:

A Total column in Blackboard adds up the student’s graded items in the course.

To create a total column:

  1. In the Grade Center, access the Create Calculated Column menu and select Total Column.
  2. On the Create Grade Column page, type Mid-Semester Grade for the Column Name. The name becomes the column name in the Grade Center and on students’ My Grades pages.
  3. In the Primary Display menu, select Percentage.
  4. In the Select Columns section, select what to include in the column’s calculation. This table lists the column options.
  5. Option Description
    All Grade Columns Include all individual grade columns in the Grade Center.
    Selected Columns and Categories Select grade columns and categories individually.

    Select the columns in the Columns to Select box and select the right-pointing arrow to move the selections to the Selected Columns box. A column that is set to No for Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations doesn’t appear in the selection list.Select the categories in the Categories to Select box and select the right-pointing arrow to move the selections to the Selected Columns box. When you select a category, you can view which columns are included in the category in the Category Information area below the Categories to Select box. Other options appear after you move the category to the Selected Columns box:

    • Drop Grades removes a number of either the highest or lowest grades for each category from the calculation. If you don’t type numbers in the boxes, no grades are dropped.
    • Use only the Lowest -OR- Highest Value to Calculate removes all grades from the calculation except for the best or worst score.

    To delete a selection in the Selected Columns box, select the red X.

  6. Calculate as Running Total: Select No to include all selected columns in the calculation, using a value of 0 if no grade exists. Be sure that you have graded all assignments so that the grade calculation is accurate.
  7. Select the Options:
    1. Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations: Select No.
    2. Show this Column to Students: Select Yes to display the column to students in My Grades.
    3. Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades: Select No.
  8. Select Submit.
  9. Once the column is created you can input the Mid-Semester Grade. Locate the newly created Mid-Semester Grade column, select the cell, type in the percentage score and press the enter key.

Weighted Total column:

A weighted total column calculates a grade based on the result of selected columns and categories, and their respective percentages, based on your course’s grading schema. The basics for creating a calculated column are listed in the Total column section above. This table lists the options that appear after you move a category to the Selected Columns box.

Option Description
Weight Columns Select how to weigh columns within the category.

  • Select Equally to apply equal value to all columns within a category.
  • Select Proportionally to apply the appropriate value to a column based on its points compared to other columns in the category.
Drop Grades Removes a number of either the highest or lowest grades for each category from the calculation. If you don’t type numbers in the boxes, no grades are dropped.
Use only the Lowest -OR- Highest Value to Calculate Removes all grades from the calculation except for the best or worst score.

 

  1. Type a percentage for each selection. The percentages of all columns added together must equal 100%. After you assign the last percentage, click anywhere in the box to update the percentage located below the Selected Columns box in the Total Weight field.
  2. Select Submit.

Option 3: Download Grades

To work offline, download the Grade Center to an Excel Spreadsheet, enter your grades, save the spreadsheet locally, and then upload the file to Blackboard. This document will give you instructions on how to enter grades in bulk and/or to work with your Grade Center offline.

For a video tutorial, visit: Download Grades


Below are instructions on how to leverage Canvas to provide students with a mid-semester grade. Please note that these mid-semester grades should not be associated with a particular assessment. It is a cumulative total of the student’s performance in your course up to the midpoint of the term.

Should you need additional help with your web-assisted course, contact ETS. If you’re teaching a fully online course or a hybrid course, please contact FIU Online. We will be happy to assist you one-on-one managing your grades. In addition, professional development opportunities opportunities are available for you to register at your earliest convenience.

Entering Grades  Downloading Grades

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