Blackboard - Organizing the grade center
The grade center in Blackboard gives the lecturer an overview of all the assignments in a course. This wiki shows some examples of how you can organize the grade center and customize the view of the assignments.
Norsk versjon - Blackboard - Organiser vurderingssenteret
General adjustments #
This picture shows the Grading Center and its most important options for general adjustments:
- 1. Filtering
By clicking Filter, a menu bar shows up with several options for sorting the table.
Here you will be able to chose which Categories (B) (discussions, assignments, tests, etc) and/or Statuses (C) (Completed, Needs grading, Not attempted, etc) to show.
- 2. Sort Columns By
Makes it possible to sort the table by e.g. Date Created or Due Date.
- 3. Edit Rows Displayed
States the number of rows that should be shown on one page.
- 4. Move To Top
Makes it possible to move students to the top of the table.
Organizing the columns #
You can change which columns to show in the center, change the order of the columns, and give a column a fixed spot.
- Go to Manage and choose Column Organization.
- Here you get an overview of all the columns in the center. A column name in italics with hidden behind it indicates that it is not shown in the grade center (be aware that it is still visible to students in My Grades). Frozen means that the column stays in place no matter how you filter or scroll.
- To change the view of a column, check the box next to the column name. Go to Show/Hide at the top or bottom of the page, and choose Hide Selected Columns or Show Selected Columns.
- You can change the order of the columns in the grade center by clicking on the arrow cross and drag it where you want it.
- To give a column a fixed spot (Freeze it), you can drag it above the bar that says Everything above this bar is a frozen column.
Grading Color Codes #
In the Grading Center you can decide to activate color codes that reflect a cell's graded status. This can give you a quick, visual view of all the submissions.
- Go to Manage and choose Grading Color Codes.
You will then see this page:
- Tick off Enable Grading Color Codes (1) to in order to activate color codes in the grade center. Grading Status (2) lets you choose the colors for the cells with these statuses; In Progress, Needs Grading and Exempt.
- Grade Ranges (3) is where you add your own criteria. To add a criteria, click Add Criteria.
Choose what percentage of the score (A) that should give which color (B). You can also set the color of the text (C). In this example we have chosen these criteria for the coloring:
This way we easily see which submission is approved (green) and not approved (red). This is how it shows in the Grade Center:
Creating a Smart View #
Smart views can be used to create a simpler version of the grade center so that you only see rows and columns that correspond to certain criteria. In this example, we will show you how to create a Smart View that only shows the compulsory activities in the course.
NB! Note that compulsory activities must be categorized manually for each assessment and that this does not affect how students see their assignments. Therefore, we highly recommend you emphasise it in the instructions if the assignment is a compulsory activity.
- Go to Manage and choose Smart Views:
- You will then see this page:
Here you can see a list of all the Smart Views in your course. (A) is a list of all the names. (B) shows if it is a System or Custom made Smart View. By Adding as Favorite (C), a link to the Smart View will be added to the Course Management-menu under Grade Center.
- In order to make a new, custom made Smart View, choose Create Smart View (D). You will then see this page:
- Choose a Name (A) and any necessary Description (A). There is also the option to Add as Favorite (A). Type of View (B) and Select Criteria (C) decides the view and criteria for the Smart View.
- The View types are defined as:
- 1. Course Group
Choose one or more groups that you would like to include in the view. Filter Results lets you choose which columns to include.
- 2. Performance
Choose an activity and a specified score. Filter Results lets you choose which columns to include.
- 3. User
Choose specific users. Filter Results lets you choose which columns to include.
- 4. Category and Status
Choose a category (assessment), the users (all, single or groups), and the status (all, completed, in progress, needs grading, etc.). Filter Results lets you choose the assessment status.
- 5. Custom
Here you find several choices for customization. Filter Results lets you choose which columns to include.
- 1. Course Group
- In order to create a Smart View showing only the compulsory activities, we choose Category and Status (1). We set Categories (2) to Compulsory assignment, and Users to All Users. At Filter results (3) we choose All statuses.
- We give the Smart View the Name Compulsory Assignments and tick Add as Favorite.
- Because we added the Smart View as a favorite, it will now show up in the Course Management-menu.
- By pressing the link, we immediately see all the compulsory assignments in the course.
See also #
Orakel Support Services can help if you have questions or if you encounter difficulties.