Blackboard: Grade Center Tips How To


Hide unnecessary columns

Blackboard by default adds several new columns to the Grade Center, including: Username, Student ID, Last Access, and Availability. There are two options to hide columns in the Grade Center, Hide from Students (on/off) (students will not see the column category in their My Grades), and Hide from Instructor View. How to: click the down arrow next to the title of the column, then click either Hide from Students (on/off) or Hide from Instructor View. *Keep Last Access if you are interested in tracking student patterns and Bb access to your specific course.


Organize columns

New columns added to the Grade Center are by default added at the end of the Grade Center, with Total and Weighted Total columns near the beginning. Reorder columns to a logical order, such as sequential order by due date. Note - The order in which students see their individual assignment scores in My Grades is the order of the columns in the Full Grade Center View. How to: Select Manage from the tabs above the Grade Center, then click Column Organization. Click and drag the multi-directional arrows next to each column's name, to reorder them


Create customized "Smart Views"

A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center that shows only the columns that match a set of criteria. Smart views can be especially important for instructors who are team-teaching and responsible for grading only “certain” students and don’t need to see the entire Grade center. How to: Select Manage from the tabs above the Grade Center, then click Create Smart Views. Click the Create Smart View button. Enter a name for the view and then select the type of view, criteria, and any desired filtering. Click the Submit button to save.


Shorten column titles by adding Grade Center display name

In addition to the descriptive column name assigned to grade, a shortened Grade Center display name not exceeding 15 characters can be added that will become the column's header in the Grade Center. How to: When adding a new column, enter the shortened column title in the Grade Center Name box.


Use Blackboard Rubrics

Blackboard rubrics can help you more effectively grade and help students understand assignment expectations and grading decisions. How to: From the Control Panel, click Course Tools. Click Rubrics Click Create Rubric. Provide a name for the Rubric. Optionally, provide a Description. Edit the Rubric Grid and then associate the rubric with an online assignment, discussion board forum, blog, journal, wiki..etc.


Provide feedback on any student scores

Comments can be added to any score. Add comments to student scores when you want to provide individual feedback or clarification on a score. Comments are visible to students in My Grades. How to: Enter the score in a cell. Then, click the down arrows and click Quick Comment. Enter comments in the Feedback to User box. Optional Grading Notes can also be added available only for instructors and teaching assistants.


Mass download of student assignments

You can download assignment submissions to review them offline. Choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. How to: In the Grade Center, access the assignment column's menu and select Assignment File Download. On the Download Assignment page, select the student submissions to download -OR- select the check box in the header bar to choose all available submissions. Select Submit.


Automatically drop the lowest grade

An assortment of grade computation features are available, including the capability to easily drop the lowest grade from scores within a given category. Columns containing scores must be assigned to the same category. How to: Click the down arrows next to the title of the Weighted Total column, then click Edit Column Information. Select the categories you wish to include in computing the weighted total grade and note the percentage weight for each category. Under Drop Grades for the category, enter 1 in the lowest grades box. Click the Submit button to save.


Send Reminders from the Grade Center

Instructors can now send email reminders from Grade Center columns to students and members of groups who have missing coursework. Students receive a system-generated email that lists the course, coursework, and the due date if included. How to: Click on the down arrow next to the specific column in the Grade Center and select send reminder.


Downloading the Blackboard Grade Center to create class list and record of grades

How to: Go to the Full Grade Center. Click on Work Offline(right side of screen), then choose Download, for a class list tick User Information Only or the settings of your choice. The default setting are good. Click Submit. Click Download. Find and open the downloaded file. You may also use the downloaded file to upload grades.