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Instructors - Grade Center

Create a Column

Many tools within Blackboard Learn such as tests, assignments, and graded discussion forums will automatically generate columns in the grade center. However, you can also create custom columns for your use in entering any type of grade.

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center.
  2. Select the Full Grade Center.
  3. Click on the Create Column button.
  4. Enter a Column Name.
  5. Select your Primary Display option as Score, Letter, Text, Percentage or Complete/Incomplete or your own Letter Grade Schema.
  6. You may set a Secondary Display for your own use in the Grade Center. This will not display to the students.
  7. Set the Points possible, or select a Rubric.
  8. Select Yes if you want to Include the column in Grade Calculations for potential inclusion when creating calculated columns.
  9. Select Yes if you you'd like to Show the column to your students.
  10. Press Submit to finish.

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Create a Weighted Column

The weighted column is a type of calculated column that generates a grade based on the result of selected columns and/or categories, and their respective percentages. For example, your course may list tests to be worth 40% of the final course mark, assignments and participation 40%, and final test 20%. Below are the steps involved in setting up a weighted column.

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center.
  2. Select the Full Grade Center.
  3. Click on Create Calculated Column drop down menu and choose Weighted Column.
  4. Enter a Column Name.
  5. Select your Primary Display option as Score, Letter, Text, Percentage or Complete/Incomplete or your own Letter Grade Schema.
  6. You may set a Secondary Display for your own use in the Grade Center. This will not display to the students.
  7. Under Select Columns, choose columns you would like to include in the Weighted total, and click on the right pointing arrow to select them.
  8. Enter the weight or percentage for each column. The total must equal 100%.
  9. Choose "No" for Calculate as a Running Total option.
  10. Choose Submit.

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Dropping the Lowest Score

Blackboard allows you to drop the lowest score from a selection of grade columns. For example, you may decide to drop the 2 lowest marks out of 10 assignments that the students in your course have completed. The following steps will show you how to do so.

  1. From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center
  2. Select the Full Grade Center
  3. Assign Columns to Categories. Do this by going to Manage, then click Column Organization
  4. Check off the boxes next to the column names that you want to assign to a specific category. Under the menu button, check Change Category to, and then selecet the desired category. Then choose Submit
  5. Click Create Calculated Column, then Weighted Coulmn
  6. Enter a desired name for the column such as “Final Course Mark”and select the categories you made.
  7. Click on the right pointing arrow to move colmuns into selected columns section.
  8. Add the percentage that all the columns & categories are worth. Decide which columns to “drop” and how many to drop. Make sure the total weight equals 100%, then click Sumbit.

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Using Excel With Grade Center

How to Download Grades to Excel sheet

  1. On the action bar, point to Work Offline and select Download.
  2. Select the data to download.
  3. Select the file delimiter, Comma or Tab.
  4. Select whether to Include Hidden Information in the downloaded data. Hidden information includes columns and students who have been hidden from the view in the downloaded file.
  5. Select the location for the download. Click Browse to select a folder in the Content Collection.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. On the next Download Grades page, click Download and save the file.

NOTE: Do not change the file name while saving because the Grade Center needs the information it contains to deliver it to the appropriate column when uploading.

How to Upload Grades from Excel to Grades Center

  1. On the action bar, point to Work Offline and select Upload.
  2. Click Browse My Computer to locate the file. Click Okay to upload.
  3. Select the delimiter type: Comma, Tab, or Auto. Choosing Auto attempts to automatically detect the delimiter used in the selected file.
  4. Click Submit to upload the selected file.

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Creating Smart Views

A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center. It shows only the columns that match a set of criteria. When the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns, you can use smart views to quickly find data.

  1. Click Grade Center under Control Panel and click Full Grade Center.
  2. Under Manage, click Smart Views
  3. Click Create Smart View on the blue action bar.
  4. Under Name, type in the name of the smart view.
  5. Select the type of smart view under Selection Criteria.
  6. Click Submit to save changes.
  7. Once you have set up the Smart view, click the star under Add as Favourite and click OK.
  8. The custom smart view should be now visible under the Grade Center.

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