By Elizabeth Brenner
As a Stony Brook student, the Blackboard app has been essential, not only for keeping track of my grades, but for keeping track of my classes. More often then not, professors use Blackboard as the main way to notify students of things such as exam dates, announcements and upcoming assignments.
However, this semester, the Blackboard app has been overhauled, leaving many, including me, unhappy about the changes. Some updates include color-coated tabs, as well as an inspirational quote that appears while the elected course loads.
I don’t mind the quote– otherwise I’d just be staring at an empty white screen– it’s the grade issue.
Not my grades; at least, I don’t think it’s my grades. But I wouldn’t know because I can’t see them.
It seems that the app has removed the View Grades tab. Grades can’t be seen and students are left wondering whether or not they passed midterms and their classes. The result is unnecessary stress.
The View Grades option did more then just let students know if they are passing– it helped students recognize mistakes made by professors and teaching assistants. Once in a while grades would be put in wrong, or for one reason or another grades weren’t put in at all. It’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made when there are over 100 students in a class.
If the View Grade option isn’t reactivated, Blackboard isn’t doing its job. Viewing grades is essential for students trying to manage their classes and removing it is a step in the wrong direction.