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Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Color-Coding

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Adding color rules to the Grade Center provides visual indicators to help interpret information quickly. The Instructor can assign colors to work that is in progress, needs grading, or exempt as well as within preferred grade range criteria.

Color-coding is not enabled by default and must be enabled by the Instructor. Color-coding can be enabled in any Grade Center view. Once applied the color coding rules applies to all views. This setting will persist for Course Copy and Restore.

Adding Color Coding to the Grade Center Display

To access Color Coding from any view in the Grade Center click Manage> Grading Color Codes.

Color Code

On the Grading Color Codes Page you must first enable Grading color Codes.

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  1. On the Grading Color Codes page, select the check box for Enable Grading Color Codes.
  2. In the Color Coding Options section click the Action Link for the Background Color for each Grading Status.
  3. In the Grade Ranges area, click Add Criteria to add a color rule.
  4. In the Criteria drop-down, select Between, More Than, or Less Than. Type the percentage in the text box or boxes. Click the Action Link for the Background Color and Text Color, select a color, and click Apply to save it.
  5. Click Submit.

The Grade Center page appears and you will see the color coding appear.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 25, 2016 at 9:00 am

Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Smart Views

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A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center. It shows only the columns that match a set of criteria, and the view is saved for continued use. Several smart views are available by default, but you can create your own. With smart views, you can view the progress of the following items:

  • Student performance for a particular item
  • Individual students
  • Category and status of items
  • Custom combination of attributes

Creating Smart Views

To create a Smart View go to Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center> Manage> Smart Views.

Create Smart Views

Create Smart Views

Smart Views

Smart Views

  1. Shows the title of the Smart Views you have by default. As you see the one view shows all the assignments available, another all the Blogs, and another forSmart Views

    Discussion Boards.

  2. The Green Stars represent your favorite views. When you first go to the Grade Center, you will see a list of Smart Views. These Smart Views are appear because they are added as favorites on the Smart View Page. You can simply click the Star to add or remove from the Smart View Favorite List.
  3. Finally, you have the button to create a new Smart View. Once you click the button you will go to the Create Smart View Page where you can create the view.

Create a Smart View to Tracking Low Scores

You create a smart view to track students with low scores to quickly see which students need help.

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  1. Fill in the name of the view.
  2. Fill out a description of the view (Optional)
  3. If you click, add as Favorite the view will be a quick link in the Control Panel Grade Center.
  4. You have for options for the Criteria
    1. Performance will show user based on the column criteria you use.
    2. User allows you to select certain individuals only. (This would be great for classes being taught with co-teachers.)
    3. Category and Status views items by Users (Certain users or all) and by Category such as Needs Grading or Not Attempt.
    4. Custom allows you to build a custom Criteria list. In the above example, we are building a smart view based on students’ scores in two separate columns.
  5. The purpose of my Smart View is to identify students who have failed to complete the SOOL course. My custom build looks at the Final Exam Score and the Test Out Score to see if less than 40 points were scored. If so, the students will be identified in this View.
  6. Clicking the Add User Criteria button allows me to add multiple criteria for the view.
  7. The Formula Editor box shows your formula. In the above example will only be displayed if both conditions are met, which means the student must score less than 40 on both the Final and Test Out. We need to change the formula from 1 AND 2 (representing both sets of criteria) to 1 OR 2.
  8. To change the formula click the Manually Edit button and click inside the Formula Editor box and change the AND to OR. You may need to play around with the formula to get it right.
  9. Click the Submit button.

View Smart Views in the Control Panel

In the Grade Center section of the Control Panel, favorite smart views appear in alphabetical order as an indented list in the Full Grade Center section. In a new course, the Assignments and Tests smart views appear in the list by default.

When you click the Assignments link, the Grade Center page opens and only assignment columns appear in the grid. When you click the Full Grade Center link, all the columns appear in the grid.

If you have marked a Smart View as a favorite it will appear in the Control Panel with the other Smart Views.

How to Access the Smart Views List

Each smart view allows you to access a set of columns in the Grade Center grid. For example, when you access the Tests smart view, only test columns appear in the grid. There are 3 ways to access the smart views.

  1. In the Full Grade Center, point to Manage on the action bar and click Smart Views. On the Smart Views page, the list of smart views appears. Click a smart view title to open the Grade Center with the appropriate columns in the grid.
  2. Smart Views can be accessed through the quick link in the Control Panel Grade Center, if the Smart View has been marked as a Favorite.
  3. Smart Views can be accessed from the full grade center by clicking Filter> Current View> Select the desired Smart View. (Clicking the Save button to the right of the Current View will make whichever view you are on the default view)

 

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 18, 2016 at 9:00 am

Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Column Organization

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On the Column Organization page, you can perform the following tasks:

  • Move one or more columns to a category
  • Show and hide columns in the Grade Center
  • Change the order of grading period tables and columns

Column Organization

Column Organization

To access Column Organization go to the Full Grade Center> Mange> Column Organization

From the organized page, you will see the column name, grading period, category, due date, date created, and points possible.

Column Organization Column Information

Column Organization Column Information

You will also be able to Hide/Show Columns, Change Categories, and Change Grading Period.

Column Organization Buttons

Column Organization Buttons

To Hide Columns, select the columns you want hidden as in the example below. Select Show/Hide> Click Hide Selected Columns.

Hide Columns

Hide Columns

You will now see the Student ID and Avalability grayed out in the column listing. It is still there but hidden from view in the grade center.

Hide Column View

Hide Column View

To Move Columns Grading Periods Categories

To move the various categories such as Mid-Term Grading Period, move your mouse over the left side of the category until you see a 4-headed arrow. Hold your left mouse button down and drag the category up or down to the desired location.

Move Categories

Move Categories

Change the order of Columns

To change the order of individual columns, move your mouse over the black 4-headed arrow until it becomes a white 4-headed arrow. Click and hold the left mouse button and drag the item to the new location.

Change Column Order

Change Column Order

Change Category

The tool used to make the item automatically assigns the Category of an item, but you can create new categories as desired. For example, if you would like to change a Test to an Exam you can. You must create the category prior to changing it here in the Column Organization page. I will talk about that later, for now to change the category of an item Select the Item> Click Change Category to…> Select the new Category

Change Category

Change Category

You will now see the new category assigned to the Column.

Category View

Category View

Change Grading Period

To change the Grading Period make sure you created the Grading Period prior to this exercise. Select the items you want in the new category> Select Change Grading Periods> Select the new Grading Period

Change Grading Period

Change Grading Period

Selected columns will now appear in the Mid-Term Grade period.

Grading Period View

Grading Period View

Once you have modified your Column Organization Page click Submit to apply the changes.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

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