Grade Centre

The Blackboard Grade Centre is where instructors can view student grades, download assignments, leave feedback and check when a student last accessed the course. Instructors can also email students from directly in the Grade Centre. The student view of the Grade Centre is My Grades

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Frequently asked questions

How do I add a column to the grade centre? (Original Course)


You can create grade columns for activities, such as a practical assessment or a juried art show. Or, you may assign credit for participation or attendance at an event. In the Grade Center, select Create Column. On the Create Grade Column page, type a brief name and an optional description. The name becomes the column name in the Grade Center and on students' My Grades pages. Make a selection in the Primary Display menu. This is the grade Students will see in My Grades. Optionally, make a selection in the Secondary Display menu. The default setting is None. In the Grade Center column, the secondary value appears in parentheses. The secondary value doesn't appear to students. Optionally, you can associate the column with a category. The default setting is No Category. Use categories to filter Grade Center data, create smart views, and create calculated columns. In the Points Possible box, type the total points. Entries must be numeric. If you assign 0 as the points possible, any grading schema that uses a percentage, such as Percentage or Letter, is represented in the Full Grade Center as a score. These grading schemas are based on the percentage of the score compared to the points possible. When the points possible are 0, a percentage can't be calculated. If grading periods exist, you can associate the column with a grading period. If no grading periods exist, the menu doesn't appear. You can use grading periods to filter Grade Center data and create calculated columns. Optionally, provide a Due Date. You can use due dates with the Retention Center to generate an alert if a test or assignment isn't submitted on time. Due dates also appear on the course calendar. Select the Options:

  • Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations: Select Yes to make the column available for potential inclusion when creating calculated columns.
  • Show this Column to Students: Select Yes to display the column to students in My Grades.
  • Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column to Students in My Grades: Select Yes to include statistical information with the grade value when shown to students.
Select Submit.




How do I move a column in the Grade Centre? (Original Course)


You can move a column by clicking the Manage menu then Column Organisation and you can then click and drag your columns to where you would like them to be, customising the experience for your students.




How do I hide a colulmn from Students? (Original Course)


You can hide a column in the Grade Centre from students by clicking the menu for the column then click Hide from Students (on/off). An icon will appear next to the column title showing that it is hidden from students and you can show it again by repeating the steps again.

If you select the Hide from Instructor View option from the menu then it will hide it from the Grade Centre but not from students. If you need to show a column again that has been hidden then click the Manage menu then Column Organisation.




How do I create a Smart View? (Original Course)


  1. In the Grade Center, access the Manage menu and select Smart Views.
  2. On the Smart Views page, select Create Smart View and provide a name and an optional description.
  3. Optionally, select the Add as Favorite check box.
  4. For Type of View, make a selection.
  5. In the Select Criteria section, set the requirements.
  6. In the Filter Results menu, select which columns, categories, statuses, or grading periods you want to appear in the Grade Center grid.
  7. If the Include Hidden Information check box appears, you can select it to display hidden columns that pertain to the filter. When you view the smart view, the columns you hid on the Column Organization page appear in the grid also.
  8. Select Submit.
The smart view appears on the Smart Views page. Select the title to display it in the Grade Center grid.




What is a Smart View? (Original Course)


A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center that shows only the columns that match a set of criteria. The view is saved for continued use. When the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns, you can use smart views to quickly find data. Several smart views are available by default, but you can also create your own.




What types of Smart View criteria is available? (Original Course)


Several default smart views appear in a new course. For example, when you access the Tests smart view, only test columns appear. When you enable grading for blogs, journals, and discussions, those grade columns appear when you access the appropriate smart view. The default smart views include these groups of columns:

  1. Assignments
  2. Blogs
  3. Discussion Boards
  4. Final Grade View: Displays all columns, including the default total and weighted total columns
  5. Journals
  6. Preview of My Grades: Displays all columns visible to students
  7. Self and Peer Assessments
  8. Tests
  9. Wikis: When the tool is available and you create a wiki
You can create five types of smart views in the Grade Centre:
  1. Course Group: Choose from sub-sections of students. You must create course groups before you can use them as selection criteria.
  2. Performance: View student performance on a single item, such as a test.
  3. User: Choose individual students.
  4. Category and Status: Choose a category, users or groups, and grade status. For example, you can select the Blog category, four groups, and the Completed status.
  5. Custom: Select students with a combination of attributes.





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