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Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Grading Periods

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Grading periods are used to organize Grade Center data. For instance, it can be used to automatically calculate mid-term grades.

When setting up grading periods, columns can be automatically associated with a period or the instructor can manually associate the columns.  Any column can be associate with a grading period except for user columns. A column can only be associated with one grading period at a time.

By default, the Grade Center has no grading periods established. You can use grading periods to perform the following tasks:

  • Filter your view of the Grade Center
  • Calculate grades
  • Create a report

To begin working with Grading Periods go to Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center> Manage> Grading Periods.

Create Grading Period

On the Grading Period page click Create Grading Period and fill out the form.

Create Grading Period

Create Grading Period

  1. Type a name for the grading period.
  2. Type a Description (Optional)
  3. In the date area you can choose between None (You must manually add the columns), Range (to associate existing columns that have a due date within that range), and check Associated Columns. After your columns are associated click Submit.

The grading period will now appear on the Grading Periods page.

Grading Period Page

Grading Period Page

Associate Grading Period Columns Manually

You can also associate a column with a grading period, a different grading period, or no grading period by editing the column’s settings from the Grade Center grid.

In the Grade Center, access the appropriate column header’s contextual menu> Click Edit Column Information.

On the Edit Column page, select Grading Period from the  drop-down list in the Dates section.

Associate Columns Manually

Associate Columns Manually

Associating Multiple Grading Period Columns Manually

You can associate multiple column manually, to do so go to the Full Grade Center> Manage> Column Organization

Select the columns you want to include in the association

Associating Multiple Columns Manually

Associating Multiple Columns Manually

When you select the new grading period, the columns will appear under the grading period.

Grading Period Category

Grading Period Category

Click Submit to return to the full grade center.

 

Filter a Grading Period

Filtering a Grading Period will allow you to see only the columns associated with that grading period.

Filter Grading Period

Filter Grading Period

View of the Filtered Grade Center

Grade Period Filter View

Grade Period Filter View

Create Grading Period Total Column

In the full grade center select Create Calculated Column> Total Column

Total Column for Grading Period

Total Column for Grading Period

  1. Give the Column a name.
  2. Assign it a Grading Period.
  3. Select the Grading Period columns.
  4. Submit

Create Grading Period Weighted Total

In the full grade center select Create Calculated Column> Weighted Column

Grading Period Weighted Total

Grading Period Weighted Total

  1. Give the Column a name.
  2. Assign it a Grading Period.
  3. Select columns you want in the grading period calculation.
  4. Assign percentage points for each activity ( It must total to 100 percent)
  5. Submit

* Remember, when calculating grades all graded columns must contain a value. If the faculty fails to put a 0 in a column where students failed to complete the work, the grade center will base the final grade on total points attempted for that students, not total points available.

 

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Categories

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We have been working with the grade center; so far, we have worked with existing Categories. By default, the following categories are in the Grade Center:

  • Assignment
  • Blog
  • Discussion
  • Journal
  • Self and Peer
  • Survey
  • Test

When you create a gradable item from any tool in blackboard, a grade column is created for the item. The column is automatically associated to the appropriate category.

You can create as many categories as needed to organize your Grade Center data. The Categories page in the Grade Center displays the default categories and any you create. Each category’s row displays an optional description and the grade columns associated with that particular category.

With categories, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Filter your view of the Grade Center
  • Calculate grades
  • Create a smart view
  • Create a report

How to Create Categories

Go into the course> Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center> Manage> Categories

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  1. On the Categories page, click Create Category on the action bar.
  2. In this example you can see the Test category and all the columns associated with it.

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Once you click the Create Category button you will be taken to a Create Category page

  1. Name the Category, in this example I called it Homework
  2. Fill in the description
  3. Click Submit

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The new category “Homework” will appear on the Categories page.

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Assign a Category to a Column

To assign an existing column to the category, go to the full grade center and identify the column that you wish to change. Click the Action Button to the right of the column header and select Edit Column Information.

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When the edit column page appears:

  1. Scroll down to Category
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of the category. This example shows No Category because a category had not been assigned when the column was created, but your category may be already assigned if you used a tool to create the column. You can change a category once a tool has assigned the category. For instance changing a “Test” category to “Homework” would only change the category in which the column resides, not the tool.
  3. Select the appropriate category

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Once complete click Submit.

Veiw a list of all Categories and Associated Columns

From the full grade center click Manage> Column Organization. You will see a list of all the columns and information about each column, such as Name, Grading Period, Category, Due Date, Date Created, and Points Possible.

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Filter by Categories

  1. From the Full Grade Center, click the Filter Button

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  2. Change the Category Column to the desired Category. Only the User information columns and the appropriate category columns will appear in the grade center.

Sort Columns by Category

  1. In the full grade center, click the down arrow beside the Layout Position

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  2. Select the Categories position. All the columns will now be arranged by category.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Drop Lowest Score

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To drop the lowest score for each test, you will need to set up a calculated column. The column will drop the lowest score and provide a final Test score for the Test category. This is a two-part process; first, you will need to setup a calculated column to drop the lowest Test score and then remove all Test scores from the existing Totals column.

Create Calculated Column to Drop Lowest Test Score

Go into the course> Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center> Create Calculated Column> Total Column.

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In the Create Total Column screen, enter a name such as “Drop Lowest Test Score.”

For Description (optional), enter “Drop lowest test score.”

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Select Score for Primary Display.

In the Select Columns, section select “Selected Columns and Categories.” This will make all the columns in the grade book visible.

Under Categories to Select click Test and then the arrow button to move the category into the Selected Columns box.

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The category Test will appear on the right side of the screen with options. For Drop Grades, enter the number of scores you want to drop. In the example below, the instructor will drop 1 low test score.

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For Calculate as Running Total, select No.

For Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations, select Yes.

For Show this Column to Students you may select either Yes or No.

For Show Statistics (average and median) for this column to Students in My Grades, select No.

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Click Submit.

The Total Test Scores column now shows the total of the entire Test, and the Lowest Test Dropped shows the total with the lowest score dropped.

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Notice how the Total Test column grade is not the same as the Lowest Test Dropped column.

Modify Original Totals Column

The final step is to modify the Total column for all columns to remove the original test scores. If this step were skipped, the test scores would be calculated multiple times in the totals column

Go into the course> Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center> Find the Total column and click the column action menu> Select Edit Column Information.

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Scroll down to Selected Columns and you will see All Grade Columns are included in the totals.

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Click on Selected Columns and Categories. Select the columns you want to include in the calculation. Make sure to leave out the test scores and the Total Test Scores or these columns will be calculated multiple times.

Click the Arrow to move the columns into the Selected Columns box.

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Make sure to include the Lowest Test Dropped in the Selected Columns box.

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Once you hit submit the Total column will be updated to calculate only the columns you included in the selected columns box. You will notice a difference between the old Total Score and the new.

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Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Adding/Editing Grades in the Full Grade Center

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One of the most important functions of the grade center is to record assessment scores. There are several ways to record those scores.

GradeAttempt

 

To grade/edit a grade for several student

Click the Action Link to the right of the column header.

In the Contextual Menu, select Grade Attempts

You will be taken into the assessment. You will see one student’s assessment at a time, but you can easily navigate between the various students by clicking the arrows to the right and left of the students’ name.

 

GradeAttempt

 

  1. The Access Log button shows the times and date the student accessed the test. It shows the time spent on each question.
  2. This area show the number of attempt the student used, if multiple attempts were available.
  3. Scrolling down the page the instructor can see each question, the answer given by the student, and the correct answer.
  4. Instructor can see the point values earned by the student per question. The instructor can override the points by typing in the new value.
  5. After the corrections are made, click Save and Next to go to the next student. Save and Exit will save your work and take you back to the full grade center.

If from the full grade center you click on the Action Link beside a students attempt, you can have direct access to the one student.

GradeAttempt

 

 

To grade/edit a single student’s assessment, click the action link to the right of the student grade or icon.

In the Contextual Menu, select Grade Attempts

 

 

You will be taken to the students assessment and can grade it much like you grade the entire class. In this image student attempted the assessment but did not actually submit the work. The stats says the assessment is In Progress. The Attempt must be submitted before it can be graded.

submitattempt

Finally, you may have an assignment or participation grade you want to manually enter. Simply click on the dash lines in the column you want to grade. You can now manually type in the score. Hit Enter to go to the next student.

GradeSingleCell

 

To add a grade in a single cell click on the Dash line inside a column cell and enter the grade

Click Enter to record the score

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 6, 2016 at 9:00 am

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