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Faculty - Creating a Retention Center Rule in Blackboard


Faculty - Creating a Retention Center Rule in Blackboard


The Retention Center in Blackboard allows you modify and create rules. This article will walk you through how to create your own retention center rules. There are four default categories that rules fall under; course activity rule, grade rule, course access rule, or missed deadline rule. Rules can be created to monitor at-risk students and students that are performing well in your course. 


1. Under Course Management, click Evaluation then Retention Center.  

2. Click the Customize button in the upper right-hand corner.   

3. In the upper left-hand corner click Create Rule.  

4. A drop down menu will appear. Select which type of rule you want to add.
  • Course Access Rule - monitor how often a student accesses your course.
  • Course Activity Rule - monitor how often a student participates in your course.
  • Grade Rule - monitor the final grade, a grade for a specific item in the course, or the average grade of students in the class.  Set the rule to trigger if a student achieves above or below a specific grade.
  • Missed Deadline Rule - monitor when a student misses a deadline.

5. Enter the Rule Information and Rule Criteria
  • Rule Information - Rule name and if it should be included or not included in the Risk Table. 
  • Rule Criteria -  You can change the rule criteria to trigger over time (weeks, days, months) after a certain percent is below or above average. 

6. Click Submit when you are finished.   



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