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Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Letter Grades using Grading Schemas

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To assign letter grades to column in the grade book you can use Grading Schemas. A grading schema takes the actual points scored and compares it to the total points possible for a percentage. Once defined the percentage will show up as a letter grade. For example A = 90-100%, B= 80-90%, C= 70-80% and so on.

This is a two-step process, first you must create the Grading Schema, and then you must apply it to a column.

Creating a Grading Schema

From the any grade center view click Manage> Grading Schemas.

Grading Schemas

From the Grading Schemas Page you can copy an existing schema by clicking on the action link beside the Schema Title and selecting Copy from the pop up menu.

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The new schema will appear with a number following. Click the action link beside the new schema and click Edit. On the Schema page, edit the Name and Schema Mapping.

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  1. You must provide a name for the copied schema.
  2. Modify the percentages.
  3. You can delete rows clicking on the Delete Row Button
  4. You can insert rows by clicking the insert button. Click Submit when finished.

Creating a New Schema

You can create a new schema by clicking the Create Grading Schema Button on the Grading Schemas Page. By default, the new schema will be similar to the copied schema in the name and description aspects, but the Schema Mapping will only contain two rows.

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Rows can be inserted and deleted the same way you do in the copied schema. The will Calculate as column is for grades entered manually. If an instructor types in the letter A for a student’s grade, the student would receive a 95% (or whatever you determine) for their grade. In the example below, I have created a grading schema for a standard 10% scale.

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Once your schema is complete, you will need to add it to individual columns in the grade center. Go to the full grade center, click the action link beside the column title, and select Edit Column Information.

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On the Edit Column Information page scroll down to the Secondary Display Option and choose the name of the schema, in this case it is Letter Grade for Final.

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Once you have selected the secondary display option click, submit. The points will appear with the letter grade as a secondary display.

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If you had chosen the letter grade as the primary display the column in the grade book would appear with just the letter grade.

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Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 1, 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

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

Download the Course Grade Book in BlackBoard

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Full Grade Center

Full Grade Center

Some faculty find in much easier to work off-line with the Blackboard Grade Books. One of the advantages is the ability to work with a familiar program such as Excel. You can use the formulas and methods you are familiar with to calculate the final grades. To download a copy of the Blackboard Grade Book, use the following steps:

  • Log into BlackBoard and access the course
  • Go to Control Panel> Grade Center> Full Grade Center
  • On the right side of the screen click the button Work Offline> Download
  • On the Download Grades Page select the following options
    • Full Grade Center
    • Comma and No
    • My Computer
    • Submit
  • Click the Download Button
  • The file will be download as a CSV file and should appear in your My Downloads folder.
  • The file will have a name similar to this “gc_1095.201501_fullgc_2014-11-20-11-47-12” GC (grade center), Course CRN, Year and Term, Fullgc (full grade center), date and time of the download.”
  • The file can be opened in Microsoft Excel

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

December 1, 2014 at 9:00 am

Grade Center Tip for Instructors

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Often Instructors wish they had more screen space so they could see more columns in the grade center. One simple way to accomplish this by temporarily hiding the course menu.

To hide the course menu move your mouse over the divider between the course menu and the grade center. When the left pointing arrow appears click it. The menu will collapse thus creating more screen space for the Grade Center.

Collapse Course Menu

        Collapse Course Menu

To reveal the course menu, simply move your mouse to the left side of your screen and the right pointing arrow will appear. Click the arrow and the menu will expand revealing the course menu.

Expand Course Menu

    Expand Course Menu

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

November 17, 2014 at 9:42 am

Customizing the Grade Book: Smart Views

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A Smart View is a focused look at predefined Grade Center categories. It shows only the data that matches a set of criteria specified. Smart Views are useful to quickly find data when the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns.

Smart Views allow Instructors to create views based on performance criteria for gradable items such as assessments or assignments. There are five different types of Smart Views that specify the student information:

  • Course Group: Subsections of students. (Course Groups must be created before they can be used as selection criteria.)
  • Performance: Student performance on a single item such as a mid-term exam.
  • User: Individual students.
  • Category and Status: Create a Smart View based on category and status.
  • Custom: A query for selecting students using a combination of attributes.
  • Once built and saved, Smart Views become a selectable item on the Smart View page, enabling easy navigation from one view to another.

Changing to Smart Views

  • Go to the Full Grade Center> Filter> Change Current View
Smart View Filter

Smart View Filter

 

Create a SmartView

  • From the Full Grade Center> Manage> Smart Views
Create Smart View

Create Smart View

 

  • From the SmartView Screen> Create SmartView> Fill out the form> Click Submit
Smart View

Smart View Form

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 16, 2014 at 9:00 am

Customizing the Grade Book: Using Categories

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A Grade Center Category is a classification of a column in the Grade Center such as, “Test,” or “Quiz.” Uses include:

  • Categories are helpful in organizing the Grade Center
  • Categories may also be used when creating Smart Views.
  • Categories can integrate with Grade Center columns such as Weighted Grade Column.
  • Categories can also be used in the creation of a Report.

Default Grade Center Categories

  • Assignment
  • Discussion
  • Survey
  • Test

Many instructors like to customize their categories to help distinguish between a quiz or an exam, or homework and a test. This comes in particularly handy if weighted grades are an issue. For instance, you can customize the weighted column to have a higher percent weight for exams than for quizzes.

Create Categories

  • From the Full Grade Center> Manage> Categories> Create Category
Grade Center Categories

Grade Center Categories

Change a Column Category

When a grade column is created in BlackBoard, it will be given the category of the tool used to create the column, such as Test when you create a text or quiz. At the time of creation you can change the category or you can change it later. You must create the category before you attempt to change the Category. To change a column category in the Grade Center:

  • From the Full Grade Center>Click Action Link beside Column Label> Edit Column Information> Category
Edit Item Catagory

Edit Item Catagory

 

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

Grade Exempts BlackBoard 9.1.12

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Instructors can Exempt students from any grade item in the Grade Center. Exempted items are not added to any statistical or total grade calculations.

How to Exempt a Grade from the Grade Center Page

  • From the contextual menu (Action Link) for the column of the student you want to exempt from an activity and select Exempt Grade.
Exempts in Grade Center

Exempts in Grade Center

Before the exempt Student One has 19 points or 100 percent for their running total, Student Two has 5 points or 26.32 percent of their running total. Once the grade has been exempt, Student One is unaffected. Student Two points remain the same but now they are at 100 percent of their running total.

How to Clear the Exemption

  • From the contextual menu next to the Exempted item, select Clear Exemption.

How to Add Comments to an Exemption

  • From the contextual menu next to the Exempted item, select Quick Comment.
  • Type in the comments in the Feedback to User and Grading Notes fields.
  • Click Submit.

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

June 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

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