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Blackboard Gradebook Tip #57

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Teaching an online course has many advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that content can be moved from semester to semester without having to completely rebuild a course. The instructor can modify the content to keep if fresh, but they do not have to do a total overhaul.

One disadvantage of online learning is moving content from semester to semester. Sometimes this process will make a mess of the gradebook. As content is modified or changed over time, the gradebook will still reflect columns for old assignments and exams.

A simple way to remove unwanted and unused columns is to check the column information. Go to the full grade center and click on the action link in the column header. If the column information only displays Hide Column, that column is associated with a tool in Blackboard such as quiz, assignment or discussion as seen below in Column A Information. This column cannot be deleted. If a column is not associated with a tool, the column will have a delete column option as seen in Column B Information.

Delete a Column

Delete a Column

If the delete Column option is available you can delete the column. (Keep in mind that certain columns may have been manually added without using blackboard tools. These column can be deleted but use caution.)

If a column is associated with a Blackboard tool and you want it gone, you will need to go into the tool and make the assignment non-gradable. Sometimes this will automatically remove the column, other times you will need to go back to the gradebook and manually remove the column as discussed above.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

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