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How Students View Course Grades. Okay.

How Students View Course Grades

Do we really need two chapters of movies before you can use Blackboard's Grade Center? Of course not. This chapter shows you just the basics, which for most instructors is all you're ever going to need. However, Blackboard's Grade Center has a lot of neat bells and whistles. Things that are really going to help you down the road. You can see courses where you are an instructor. That just opens up the Full Grade Center. Well, actually, log off as Patrick Crispin and login as Aiden Jones. All the folder items that are empty no longer show up. There's also something called the Blackboard Mobile Learn App, and it runs on iOS, Android, or Blackberry. What You Need to Know About the Grade Center. Grade Center Basics. Entering Grades. Now that we have a Score column, entering grades is a snap.

Entering Grades

Click the cell, for the grade you want to enter. Key in the grade, we'll give this student a 95, and then hit the Enter or Return key on your keyboard. Manually Entering Grades. Blackboard Inline Grading for Assignments. Changing Grades. At First Blush, this movie's topic seems a little silly.

Changing Grades

How do you change your grade in Blackboard, just enter a new grade and hit Enter. I want to give the student an 80, I, there it is, there's an 80. How hard was that? Regrading tests. Let's say we gave students a Blackboard test, the students have submitted their answers, and, we then discover that one of the questions has an incorrect right answer or point value.

Regrading tests

Happens all the time. In older versions of Blackboard, you'd have to manually grade every student's test again, and then, manually change the points for each question you messed up test by test. It took forever. This was fixed in service pack 8 and remember we're running service pack 13. To fix a test question in a test you've already deployed, the students have already answered, all you have to do is edit the test.

How to Customize the Grade Center. Adding Columns to the Grade Center. Creating Grade Columns. Create a Column. Creating Score Columns. I earlier described the Blackboard's grade centers kind of like a simplified version of MIcrosoft Excel for the Web and that's true.

Creating Score Columns

But unlike Microsoft Excel where the spreadsheet columns are there just by default In Blackboard's Grade Center you have to manually create each score column, although you'll see in later chapters that when you create gradeable items within your course, things like assignments, surveys, tests and some discussion boards, blogs, journals, wikis. Blackboard will automatically create a grade center score column for those. But, how do you manually create a score column, a column into which you can manually enter your students' grades? Well, let's open the Grade Center. I'm going to scroll down again. You only got of a 14 or 15 characters or fewer. This description. Text can be used in multiple ways you could just type short text notes 40 characters or fewer that aren't worth or calculated sending points at all you can right things like well done or study more.

Managing Columns in the Grade Center. So, I am here at the grade center and in the last chapter and again in the last movie, we created some score columns in our grade center.

Managing Columns in the Grade Center

Organize Columns. Calculated Columns. Calculated Columns: Total & Weighted.

Calculated Columns

Color Coding the Grade Center. In the last chapter we focused on the basics of Blackboard's grade center and for most instructors that chapter is all you're ever going to need.

Color Coding the Grade Center

Color Code the Grade Center. Create a Smart View of Grade Center Data. Downloading Grades to Edit in Excel. As you have seen over last two chapters, Blackboard's Grade Center has a lot of helpful features.

Downloading Grades to Edit in Excel

But what if you want to work on your Grade Center offline, in a full fledged spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel, it's actually really easy to do, but I have two really strong recommendations for you before you even think about doing this. First, check with your institution to see what there policies are. For storing student data on a personal computer. Some institutions specifically prohibit you doing this unless your hard drive is encrypted. Downloading the Grade Center. As we saw in the last movie, the limitation of viewing your rosters by going to Users and Groups> Users is that you can't actually download a copy of this to your hard drive.

Downloading the Grade Center

Let's fix that by going not to the User screen but rather by going to the Grade Center. We have two chapters on how to use the grade center. For now we're just going to look at the student roster. How to Download and Upload Grades from the Grade Center. How to download the Grade Center from Blackboard. Uploading Grades. Uploading a file to the Blackboard Grade Center. How to Download Assignments. How to Download Assignments - Blackboard Help. You can download assignment submissions to review them offline instead of reviewing them online.

Choose to download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file. Windows and Mac computers have built-in capabilities to view and extract compressed ZIP file packages. To learn more, see the help available for your computer's operating system. How to Download Assignments In the Grade Center, locate the column for the assignment you want to download. In the pop-up window, click Save File and click OK. When you use the download function, usernames are included automatically in the file names for easy identification. If a student added an attachment, the downloaded ZIP file may contain two files for each student: the attached file and a TXT file produced by the Grade Center that contains information about the submission and student comments. Understanding Weighted Grades - Experts Knowledge Base - Experts.

There are several different ways to calculate weighted totals in Blackboard. The following includes examples on how Blackboard calculates weighted grades. This guide was adapted from Loyola University in Chicago. For information on how to create a weighted column using categories in Blackboard please click here. To calculate the weighted total by item To illustrate weighted grade calculation, the following example will be used.

Setting up Categories and Weighting. Creating a Calculated Column with a Weighted Total. Configure Weighted Grades in Blackboard. Weighting Grades. Between our last movie and this one, I reset the grade center so that it, we're no longer dropping any scores, and all the score columns are once again included in the total. By default, every Blackboard grade center has a total column, which we've talked about, and a weighted total column, which we haven't really talked about. So let's say I've got four quizzes and I want to make them worth 20% of the final grade. My four papers, we'll make those 20% as well. Classroom participation 10% and the midterm and final together are going to be worth 50%.

SafeAssign. How to Use SafeAssign in Assignments. Creating Grading Periods. I'm going to be completely honest with you. If you teach a class that only lasts one semester, trimester, or term, or if your Grade Center's not going to have more than, say, 15 or 20 score columns, you really don't need to watch this movie. However, if you teach one course where your students are going to stay the same from term to term, from nine weeks to nine weeks, or from semester to semester. Or if you're going to have dozens upon dozens of score columns This movie is going to cause you to do a happy dance. So far, when we've had access to the Grade Center, we've seen every column or at least every column that we haven't hidden in Manage Column Organization. Between the last movie and this movie, I want you to notice, I've been kind of busy. And Blackboard's Grade Center which is already slow becomes downright glacial.

And then click on Create Grading Period. So I'll have it start on July 27th and I'm going to have this end on October 1st. I can go and change it to Quarter 2. Creating Grading Categories. Besides grading periods, another way to bring some order to your grade center is to use categories. Categories can also be really helpful if you want to drop a student's lowest score or even weight grades. Something we'll talk about in the next two movies. In the last movie we introduced a bunch of new score columns. Create a Rubric for Grading Student Work. Provide Student Feedback. Pedagogy: Providing Effective Feedback. Rubrics.

Grade Using a Rubric. Viewing Student Results and Question Item Analysis. So now that our students have completed our test, we need to review their grades. Changing the Default Letter-grading Schema. Three movies into this chapter, we're now ready to start entering grades, right? Dropping Scores in the Grade Center. One common grading practice is to drop the lowest exam, quiz or paper grade from the calculation of the final course grade. How to Grade Student Collaboration Inline. Viewing Grade Histories. Regrading Tests. Use Grade Details to See Attempts and Assign Grades.

Anonymous and Delegated Grading. Viewing the student results and question item analysis. Running a Grade Center Report. Create a Report.