Learning Centered Technology

Technology for the Educator

Posts Tagged ‘Schema

Blackboard 9 Grade Center Series: Letter Grades using Grading Schemas

leave a comment »

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.

gs2

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.

gs3

  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.

gs4

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.

gs5

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.

gs6

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.

gs7

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

gs8

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

gs9

 

Advertisements

Written by Dr. Sherri E. Ritter

August 1, 2016 at 9:00 am

%d bloggers like this: