Answered By: Rick Ernest
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 66

The Grade Center in Blackboard has several features to assist you in organizing grades, running reports, downloading to Excel, etc.

The grade center columns are typically created automatically as you create tests, quizzes, assignments, discussion boards, etc.-- anything with a grade component.

To access the Full Grade Center, click Grade Center under Course Management and then Full Grade Center.

Grade Center


Features of the Grade Center tool:

  1. Create Column- Use this if you need to add a column that was not automatically generated. Perhaps you are giving a Final Exam in class instead of online, and you need to create a Final Exam column to enter the students’ grades so the student will have immediate access to their grade. Another example is keeping attendance. You can create a column called "Attendance" and assign a point value to it.
  2. Create Calculated Column- This allows you to add a column with the ability to calculate your final grades for you, automatically. If your grade scale is weighted, this template will allow you to determine what assignments are weighted (quizzes, etc.), and then finalize the calculation without you having to do additional figuring.
  3. Manage- There are several options under manage that you may find helpful. Manage gradebook menu
    1. Grading Periods- Grading Periods are used to sort Grade Center Columns into sections based on dues date. These sections help manage the Grade Center by associating Grade Columns together so that viewing and reporting can be done based on a Grading Period instead of the entire Grade Center.
    2. Grading Schemas- Grading schemas take the actual points scored from a graded item and compare it to the total points possible for that item to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores to display a grade. The Grade Center includes a copy of a default grading schema.
    3. Grading Color Codes- Grading Color Codes apply background and text color to items in the Grade Center that meet specified criteria. Colors can be defined for items based on Grade status or based on the score.
    4. Categories- A Grade Center Category is a classification of Grade Center Columns. Categories are used to organize and view Grade Center data and can be used when creating Calculated Columns to perform operations on all Grade Columns in a category. The Grade Center has nine default categories (Assignment, Blog, Discussion, Journal, SafeAssignment, Self and Peer, Survey, and Test) that cannot be removed or edited.
    5. Smart Views- Smart Views are focused views of the Grade Center. Any number of Smart Views can be created based on a variety of criteria, including Grading Periods, Categories, and Performance.
    6. Column Organization- The Column Organization page is divided into various tables that control how different Grade Center views are displayed. Rows in these tables represent columns in the Grade Center views. Rows can be manipulated to customize the different views of the Grade Center.
    7. Row Visibility- Rows can be hidden from the Grade Center View to reduce the number of rows in the grid. Hidden Rows are not removed from the Grade Center, and can be shown at any time. Rows that are hidden will appear grayed out on the Hide and Show Rows page and will not appear in the Grade Center View. Rows that are shown will appear in black text on the Hide and Show Rows page and will appear in the Grade Center View.
    8. Send email- Sends email to desired user.
    9. The last three items in the "manage" menu are specific to a publisher’s features for a course.
  4. Reports- Create Report- Reports are customized, printable Reports from Grade Center data designed to be shared with students and observers. Reports can be generated for all of the grades in the Grade Center, for a specific time frame such as a marking period, for a defined group of students, or for a defined Category of grades. View Grade History- Grade History is a tool that tracks all changes to grades within the Grade Center. When Grade History is available, it displays a table of data detailing every grade change in the Grade Center to date. The Grade History table can be sorted to show items by column name, score, or date by clicking the column header name. The Grade History table can be filtered to display entries within a date range using "Show Entries from Past," located at the top of the table.
  5. Filter/Work Offline- Filter allows you to view the Full grade Center by Views, Categories or Status. Work Offline allows you to either upload a document from an external source, or download your entire Grade Center in an Excel spreadsheet.
  6. Individual Column Options- When you click on each double down arrow on each individual column,  you will get certain options. The name column will allow you to sort. The other columns give you choices like to sort, hide, delete, grade, show/hide, edit, or statistics.
  7. Individual Row Options- When you hover on the right side of a row in the name or last access columns, you will get certain options. You are able to hide user, email user, see statistics on that user, or see report.
  8. Assigning a Grade- When a student submits an assignment, discussion board or exam, an instructor’s grade book is notified with a green box with an exclamation point. The instructor will need to grade that submision. The instructor can click on the double down arrow beside the symbol and choose the View, Give a quick comment or Exempt the grade. The instructor could also type a grade right in the box.

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