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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: 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.

 

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

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Grade Book

Grade Center

Over the next few weeks, I will be exploring the Blackboard Grading Center. The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades. It is a dynamic interactive tool allowing you to record data, calculate grades, monitor student progress, and much more.  In the Grade Center, three types of columns appear; user, grade and calculated.

User Columns

User columns automatically appear in your gradebook and you cannot delete or edit default user columns. You can hide all but the first user column in the grid. If you need to hide the first column, you can rearrange the user columns on the Column Organization page, but at least one user column must show. You can also freeze user columns so they remain in place as you scroll in the grid.

User Columns include the following:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Username
  • Student ID
  • Last Access
  • Availability

Grade Columns

When you create gradable items in your course, grade columns are created automatically in the Grade Center. A new Grade Column can be added to the Grade Center in several ways:

  • External Grades
  • Tool Created Grade Column
  • Instructor Created Grade Column

Calculated Columns

The Blackboard Grade Center allows you to create columns that will display a total based on the numeric content of other columns. Calculated columns contains the following type of columns:

  • Average Columns
  • Minimum/Maximum Columns
  • Total Column
  • Weighted Column

This series will cover everything from the contextual menu to extra credit and dropping the lowest score. The following is a list of topics planned in this series, although new ones may be added as needed:

  • Full Grade Center
  • Contextual Menu
  • Sort a column
  • Edit Grade Center Columns
  • Deleting Grade Center Columns
  • Create Columns
  • The External Grade Column
  • Total Column
  • Weight Column
  • Drop Lowest Score
  • Send Email
  • Download Grade Center
  • Calculated Columns
  • Grading Periods
  • Grading Schemas
  • Color Codes
  • Categories
  • Extra Credit
  • Smart Views
  • Needs Grading

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

May 16, 2016 at 9:00 am

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.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

March 9, 2015 at 9:00 am

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