Respond in Blackboard Discussion
Charles E. Ophardt, Professor of Chemistry, Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, IL 60126,, Copyright 2004

Introduction to Laboratory:


Obtain Laboratory Directions:

The Laboratory Menu page provides links to two types of lab direction formats:
1) The HTML version gives the lab with "hot" links to graphs and pictures used in both the prelab and the lab itself.
2) The MS Word version is to be used to get a good printout and also for typing the answers to the questions.

Method to Conduct the Lab:

With the printed version in hand for taking notes, it is advisable to now use the HTML computer version of the lab to complete all parts of the lab that may require the use of "hot" linked resources. These are present in most Pre-Labs and also in the main body of the lab. The instructor has carried out some of the procedures as indicated by the notation that the data is obtained online. The results of these procedures are shown in pictures. You will need to record observations and data from these pictures. If this is all you have time to do, you can get 9 or 10 points out of 15 by just doing these parts.

To complete the lab, you will need to do some kitchen chemistry by following the procedures that require you to do various manipulations. Complete these parts of the lab and record the observations and data.

Finally, type up the results in the Word processor by answering all questions through out the lab.


Lab Report Completion in Blackboard:

ONLY AFTER, you have completed typing in the Word processor, you are ready for the final step which is to post the lab report in Blackboard. Open Blackboard, click on Labs, and then click on the appropriate lab report form. This will open in the format of the same questions that you have answered in your lab MS Word document. Some of the questions are multiple choice and will follow your lab report question numbers - just plug in the answers. Other questions will appear with the question and then a message box. At this time, from the Word doc. select the appropriate text answer to the question, do a Copy from the Word doc. and a Paste into the Blackboard form. Continue in this manner, question by question until finished.

When the report is complete, go back and check to see that you have not missed anything, and finally click the Submit button on the bottom of the page. You must click SUBMIT for the data to be recorded properly. At this time you will get a message saying the quiz/report is complete or incomplete if you did not make responses to some questions. If that is your intention because of lack of time that is all right you will lose points on any questions not completed but will receive the appropriate points elsewhere. The lab report is set so that immediately you will see your responses in relation to the expected responses. Any multiple choice, true false, or matching questions will be graded. At the end of the report you will see your points up to that point which may not be very much because of the number of ungraded questions. Do not panic. The essay type questions need to be reviewed by the instructor and graded. The instructor will check for labs that need grading on a daily basis.

When I see that you have completed the lab report, I need to go in and read it and assign the appropriate number of points. At a future time you can check the grade by clicking on Tools, then Grade book, then click on the score of the lab and it will open and show your answers, along with some model answers that I used to judge your answer. If your answer was short of expectations, then you perhaps lost some points. If your answer was about what I expected than you received all of the points possible on that question. At this point the lab is considered graded. If you have questions about the grading, then you may email me and we can discuss things.


As you all know, even under the best of conditions, computers will fail when you least expect it or for a very important assignment. Depending upon the situation, I strongly recommend that you compose your original message in a word processor document, save it, then copy and paste it into the message box. That way if something does not work quite right, you still have a copy to try again.