A student reports that she receives messages from Blackboard saying her discussion post was overdue but she posted before the due date (March 1st); the due date in Grade Center column is March 4. The instructor doesn't set up any rules in the early warning system. Anyone has ideas where the message comes from?...
The notification comes from the due date in the Grade Center column. So, if she posted to the discussion board on March 1 but the instructor has not entered a grade, she might still see it listed under "What's Past Due" on her "To Do" list. Does she have a grade entered for the Grade Center column?
Thanks a lot for your reply.
No, the student doesn't have a Grade entered for that column. So, you mean Blackboard will send a past due notification to the students if they didn't receive a grade before column due date? How about the column category? Does it applies to all the categories or only for Discussion category? Thank you again.
It is not related to the column category. Blackboard decides whether something is "past due" based on what the "Due Date" in the grade center column is, and whether there is something (a grade, or an attempt in the case of a test or assignment) on record in that column. There's no other way for Blackboard to know whether something is past due or not.
In the case of a graded discussion forum, even though Blackboard can provide the instructor with a list of all a student's postings in that forum, there's no way for Blackboard to know what the student is supposed to be doing for their grade. Are they supposed to start 1 new thread? Post 5 responses? So, Blackboard can't know whether the student still has work due for that discussion column or not until the instructor posts the grade.
Does that help?
Also, remember that the student can choose what kinds of notifications to receive or not, and can also choose to dismiss the notification about the discussion posting being past due (by choosing "Dismiss" next to the item in the "To Do" list) if they have already done their discussion post.
It's really helpful! Thank you for pointing me the correct directions. There are lots of great features on Blackboard 9.1. I'm still exploring it :)
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