Blackboard - Overview of the grade center

The Grade center in Blackboard gives the lecturer an overview of assessment results in each course.

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The grade center is presented as a table showing all the assessments of all the students in the course. Here, the lecturer can see all results, and also give grades directly. The columns of the table can be altered to fit the evaluation methods of the course, and to make the most important grades easy accessible to the lecturer.

Overview of the grade center #

Overview of the grade center
This picture shows the full grade center as it appears before it has been adjusted.
(1) shows data about the students; Last name, First name and Username. The columns to the right of this, (2), shows all assessment activities of the course. Use the scrolling line at the bottom to navigate through the activities.

Above the table we find more alternatives;

  • (3) Create Column
    Here you can create a new column for assessments which are not done digitaly in Blackboard. E.g oral presentations or assignments handed in on paper. This way all of the assesments done by the students in the course are collected in one place.
  • (4) Create Calculated Column
    This column can calculate Average Column, Minimum/Maximum Column, Total column and Weighted Column of one or more assessment columns. This ables you to make a column which calculates e.g when the students have enough approved assignments.
  • (5) Manage
    Gives several options for managing the table. The most important are Grading periods (categorize assessments by their due date), Grading Schemas (enables you to set the view of the grading in the table. E.g set the prefered score for separating Approved/Not approved) and Smart Views (Makes it possible to create a view with pre set settings so that you only see the assessments of the students you want, e.g you can Track low scores or Compare two columns).
  • (6) Work offline
    Makes it possible to Download the entire table so that you can work with it offline. The table will then be downloaded as an excel sheet. After doing this, you can also Upload the changes securing that the grade center is always updated.

By ticking the boxes at the left end of the table, you can move the students to the top, or Email (7) them.


You can also grade directly in the grade center. This is done by clicking one of the elements in the boxes of the table, and write the score you want to give this student for this assessment.Overview of the grade center


At the bottom of the table we find a key called Icon Legend. This key shows a list of all the icons used in the table and what they represent:Overview of the grade center

Hiding assessments from students and categorizing assessments as Compulsory #

  1. By clicking the arrow to the right of each assessment activity, we get a drop-down menu with more options for the column:Options for the column
  2. Options for the column
    • Edit Column Information (1) shows more choices for the column.
    • Hide from Students(on/off) (2) hides this assessment activity from the students until you have turned this on again. This way students won't get consecutive updates about their results.
  3. By clicking Edit Column information we get this picture:making assessments compulsory
  4. At Category we can choose Compulsory assignment. Press Submit to make this assessment compulsory. making assessments compulsory
  5. The assessment will now be marked as Compulsory to the students.
    Please take notice that all compulsory assessments are to be mentioned in the course description.

Creating a Total Column #

Total columns can be used to check if the students have enough approved assignments in the course. The total column adds all the scores from the chosen assessments, and show this added score either as a number or as approved/not approved. In many ways, the grade center can be seen as an interactive spreadsheet, and the total column is an example of a function we recognize from excel.

  1. As shown already, we find the total column under Create Calculated Column:Creating a Total column
  2. We set a Name (A) and choose our Primary Display (B). In this example we want Approved/Not approved.Creating a Total column
  3. We choose Selected Columns and Categories (A), and get a list of Columns (B) and Categories (C) to select for our total count. The list in (D) shows the assessments we have chosen here. Creating a Total column
  4. At the end we get som general Options:Creating a Total column
  5. We click Submit to finish.
  6. Back in the Grade center we can now click Manage and Grading Schemas. We also notice that the total column has appeared to the right:Creating a Total column
  7. At Grading Schemas we can change the score limit for Approved/Not approved. We click the arrow to the right and choose Edit.Creating a Total column
  8. At Schema mapping we can choose the prosentage line of approved/not approved. We choose 75%. Creating a Total column
  9. Since there were only three assingments chosen in this example, they all have to be approved in order for the total column to show approved. Since assignment 3 is not apporved here, the total column shows Not approved.Creating a Total column

Look through already graded assignments #

  1. In order to view assessments already graded, you click the little arrow next to the assessment of the student you want to view. We choose View Grade Details.Look through already graded assignments
  2. Here we will have several choices. By clicking View Attempts we get to view the assignment:Look through already graded assignments
  3. We now recognize the grading tool from the first time we graded this. Look through already graded assignments

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