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Customizing the Grade Book: Using Categories

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A Grade Center Category is a classification of a column in the Grade Center such as, “Test,” or “Quiz.” Uses include:

  • Categories are helpful in organizing the Grade Center
  • Categories may also be used when creating Smart Views.
  • Categories can integrate with Grade Center columns such as Weighted Grade Column.
  • Categories can also be used in the creation of a Report.

Default Grade Center Categories

  • Assignment
  • Discussion
  • Survey
  • Test

Many instructors like to customize their categories to help distinguish between a quiz or an exam, or homework and a test. This comes in particularly handy if weighted grades are an issue. For instance, you can customize the weighted column to have a higher percent weight for exams than for quizzes.

Create Categories

  • From the Full Grade Center> Manage> Categories> Create Category
Grade Center Categories

Grade Center Categories

Change a Column Category

When a grade column is created in BlackBoard, it will be given the category of the tool used to create the column, such as Test when you create a text or quiz. At the time of creation you can change the category or you can change it later. You must create the category before you attempt to change the Category. To change a column category in the Grade Center:

  • From the Full Grade Center>Click Action Link beside Column Label> Edit Column Information> Category
Edit Item Catagory

Edit Item Catagory



Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

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  1. I got a private email from Desa that I thought added to this post.

    “I use these categories. One additional advantage is when you grade the assignments you can select a particular category, and do not need to see all the other categories. This helps me a lot because I have many assignments, and by calling a particular category, I go straight to category I want to grade.


    Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

    June 10, 2014 at 8:39 am

  2. Thanks Desa

    Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

    June 10, 2014 at 8:40 am

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