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Blackboard’s Retention Center

OIT has just turned on Blackboard Learn’s Retention Center module and made it available for instructors and TAs. The Retention Center replaces the Early Warning System and seems to be a great improvement.   By default, the Retention Center creates an alert for four things: missed deadlines (based on set dates for tests and assignments), grade alerts (based on 25% lower then average grade), activity alert (based on discussion board activity) and access alert (based on when the student last logged in). All of these default areas are customizable. You can also create your own rules based on your individual class — perhaps you want to create an alert for those students who are over-participating in the discussion board or who are receiving high performance grades.

The Retention Center also keeps you in check by giving you an idea of what needs to be graded, when (and what) was your last announcement posted and when you last posted in the discussion board.

Access the Retention Center from the Global Navigation area when you first log on to blackboard or through the Evaluation area in the Control Panel of your individual course.

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Here is a quick look at what the Retention Center looks like:

More details:

Blackboard has a nice help article on the  Retention Center, as well as  a 4-minute tutorial video.

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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