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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.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

July 11, 2016 at 9:00 am

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