Category Archives: Grade Center

Allowing additional submissions

From time to time a student will have an issue turning in a test or assignment and you’ll want to give them another opportunity to submit their work. If you’ve set up the test or assignment for single attempt (or if they’ve used up the multiple attempts you’ve alloted), you’ll need to let Blackboard know the student can submit one more time. Fortunately, the process for clearing an attempt is straightforward. First, locate the table cell in the Grade Center...

Optimizing Grade Center for My Grades: the student grade view

When students view their grades on Blackboard they use a tool called My Grades. The My Grades page is quite different than the Grade Center used by instructors, so it’s important to organize items in a way that makes sense to both students and instructors.¬†When a student opens the My Grades tool from the My Knowledge page, this is what they see. (When a student opens the My Grades tool inside a specific course, the list of courses on the...

Changing the External Grade column in the Grade Center

One column in the Grade Center is always marked as the External Grade. This column cannot be deleted and is used as the primary grade displayed in each student’s My Grades list. By default, the Total column is designated as the External Grade. You may want to move it to another column, such as Weighted Total, so that grade appears as the primary grade for the course in the My Grades list. To change the External Grade from Total to...

Hide a Grade Center column from Instructor view

Hiding a column from Instructor View can make your Grade Center page easier to manage. Some faculty hide columns they’ve finished grading (such as old attendance columns), or columns they’re not ready to deal with yet (future attendance columns). Columns that are hidden from Instructor view are still visible to students (unless they’re hidden from student view before they’re hidden from Instructor View). More importantly, columns that are hidden from instructor view are still included in gradebook score calculations. This...

Hide a Grade Center column from student view

Hiding a column from student view allows you to work with a column — record grades, etc — without students seeing the column or your changes on their My Grades page. Some faculty keep “scratch” columns in their grade center that never visible to students. Others have found making columns unavailable while adding grades reduces the number of emails they get from students (“My friend got a grade on assignment x, when am I going to get a grade?”). To...

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