The Grade Center resembles a spreadsheet. Each row is populated by a user in your course and each column includes information for an item, such as an assignment, test, graded blog entry, or survey. You can also use columns to calculate grades. You can provide grades and comments directly on the Grade Center page, on the Grade Details page, and from a tool, such as the discussion board.
You are able to customize your view of the Grade Center and create grading schemas, grading periods, categories, and columns to present and gather the information you need. To learn more, see Setting Up the Grade Center.
If you have a heavy grading load, the Needs Grading page can help you determine what needs attention first and allows you to access it quickly. You can view all items ready for grading or review on the Needs Grading page, where you can begin grading and reviewing or sort and filter columns to narrow the list. Attempts are placed in a queue for easy navigation among items.
You can download and work with Grade Center data outside of the system. Then, you can upload the edited data to the Grade Center. To learn more, see Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline.
The Grade Center interacts with several tools and components in Blackboard Learn. Understanding how and where these interactions happen provides a comprehensive view of the Grade Center and helps users take full advantage of this tool.
The following table explains how the Grade Center interacts with other tools and components.
|Course Content||When you create gradable items in your course, such as gradable journals, blogs, wikis, discussion posts, tests, and assignments, a grade column is created automatically in the Grade Center. |
For example, when you create a journal, you can select the grading option. A grade column is created automatically in the Grade Center with the name of the journal.
|Retention Center||The Retention Center provides an easy way for you to discover which students in your course are at risk. Based on preconfigured rules and rules you create, students’ engagement and participation are visually displayed, quickly alerting you to potential risk. From the Retention Center, you can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement. |
For example, you can create a rule to list students who score below 60 percent on an exam. Then, you can send an email to each student to offer help or set a meeting time.
Your institution controls whether this tool is available.
To learn more, see Using the Retention Center.
|Observers||Observers can log in and access their observed students' released grades. Examples of observers might include a student's parents or guardians, or a tutor. |
Your institution controls observer access. If allowed institution-wide, you can determine observer access on a course-by-course basis.
To learn more, see Allowing Guest and Observer Access.
|My Grades||Students view their course grades in My Grades. Grades are available by default, but you may choose to make a grade or grades unavailable in the settings for each column.|
|Report Card module||Students can include the Report Card module on their My Institution tabs. The module displays each course's external grade in the Grade Center. The external grade is the grade column chosen by an instructor to use for the final grade, such as the total column. External grades are shared with your institution to report students' grades for your course. |
Your institution controls which modules are available to select from.
|Performance Dashboard||The Performance Dashboard tool provides an up-to-date report with pertinent information about all users and their progress and activity in your course. |
Your institution controls whether this tool is available.
To learn more, see Using the Performance Dashboard.
|Email tool|| |
You can use the email tool in the Grade Center to send messages to students and, if applicable, their observers.
|External data from other grading systems||You can export and import data to the Grade Center by uploading and downloading delimited files. To learn more, see Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline.|
You access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Center section to display the links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and the Smart Views. Click the right-pointing arrow next to the Grade Center heading to go directly to the Full Grade Center.
The Needs Grading link allows you to view individual assignment, group assignment, and test attempts, as well as blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts ready for grading or review.
The Full Grade Center link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center and is the default view of the Grade Center.
The smart view links appear as an indented list in the Full Grade Center section. A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Center and shows only the data that matches a set of criteria. You can use smart views to quickly find data when the Grade Center includes a great number of students and columns. For example, the default Tests smart view displays only test columns. You can create customized smart views and remove unneeded smart views. Click a smart view link to open the Grade Center using that view. To learn more, see Using Smart Views in the Grade Center.
You can view individual assignment, group assignment, and test attempts, as well as blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts ready for grading or review on the Needs Grading page. For courses with many enrolled students and gradable items, you can use the information and functions on the Needs Grading page to determine and organize your grading tasks. If you have a designated turnaround time set for all gradable items, the Needs Grading page allows you to customize the view of items with a needs grading status. You can sort and filter the list, allowing you to grade the most urgent items first. For example, you can sort by due date to ensure your final tests are graded by your institution's deadline.
If your institution made the SafeAssign tool available, the Needs Grading page also displays attempts for SafeAssignments. To learn more, see SafeAssign.
Access the Needs Grading page in the Grade Center section of the Control Panel.
Tests with a grading status of Attempt in Progress do not appear on the Needs Grading page.
The Grade Center consists of rows and columns of student information and gradable items. Cells in the grid contain data specific to corresponding students.
The appearance of the Grade Center is completely configurable. To learn more, see Setting Up the Grade Center.
You can perform many actions in the Grade Center using the functions appearing in two rows on the action bar.
The following functions appear in the first row of the action bar.
In some instances, you can make another selection in an additional drop-down list to further narrow the columns and users that appear in the grid. For example, after selecting the Assignment category, you can select the Needs Grading status and only view the columns and users containing assignments that need to be graded. The category or status you choose to view in the grid remains in effect until you change it or log out.
Click the X to close the Filter field.
The following functions appear in the second row of the action bar.
Order: Sort the data in Ascending or Descending order.
The view remains in effect until you sort columns again or log out.
Throughout Blackboard Learn, items that are acted upon by users have contextual menus associated with them. A contextual menu displays options that are available and specific for that item.
In the Grade Center, all cells and column headers have a contextual menu. For example, a test column's contextual menu includes options for Column Statistics and Grade Questions. For a non-grade column, such as First Name, you only have the options of hiding the column and sorting the cells. If an option does not appear in the contextual menu, you cannot perform the action on that column, row, or cell.
Each column's contextual menu displays options that are available and specific for that column. The following options are just some that may be available.
|Quick Column Information||Displays information about the column in a pop-up window.|
|Grade Attempts||Provide a grade for an attempt made for this item. To learn more, see Entering Grades.|
|Grade Anonymously||Provide grades for this item without knowing the identity of each user. To learn more, see Entering Grades.|
|Item Analysis||Provides statistics on overall test performance and individual test questions. This data helps you recognize questions that might be poor discriminators of student performance. Use this information to improve questions for future test administrations or to adjust credit on current attempts. To learn more, see Running Item Analysis on a Test.|
|Attempts Statistics||Displays the Statistics page for tests and surveys. Each question for a test or survey appears, along with its score information for tests or percent answered for surveys. On the Survey Statistics page, you can view the survey results. The percentage of students who selected each answer appears. You cannot view individual results for surveys.|
|Download Results||Allows you to download Grade Center data for this column as a delimited file that is used in other applications, such as spreadsheet programs or statistical analysis programs. To learn more, see Uploading or Downloading Grade Center Items for Working Offline.|
|View All Attempts||Displays the View All Attempts page for tests. From this page, you can grade the attempts, grade them anonymously, or grade by question.|
|Grade Questions||Provide grades for all of the responses for a specific question at one time.|
|Assignment File Download||Allows you to select and download files students have attached to their assignments.|
|Assignment File Cleanup||Allows you to select and delete the files attached to an assignment.|
|Edit Column Information||Displays the Edit Column page for this column.|
|Column Statistics||Displays the Column Statistics page for this column. The following appears: Column details, status distribution, grade distribution, and basic statistics, such as range, average, median, and variance.|
|Set as External Grade||The results in the External Grade column are shared with your institution as your students’ grades for your course. You decide which column is set as the external grade. In new courses, the default Total column is the default external grade column, and the external grade icon ( ) appears in the column header.|
|Show/Hide to Users||Show or hide this column from users. If you hide the column, the column remains in the Grade Center grid, but your students will not see it in My Grades. In the grid, the Column Not Visible to Users icon ( ) appears in the column header for any column hidden from students.|
|Clear Attempts for All Users||Displays a separate window for clearing attempts for all users. You can clear attempts based on criteria or a date range.|
|Sort Ascending||Display the items in the column in an ascending order.|
|Sort Descending||Display the items in the column in a descending order.|
|Hide Column||Hides the column from view in the Grade Center. To show the column, point to Manage on the action bar to access the drop-down list and select Column Organization.|
To see the contextual menu for a cell in the Grade Center grid, move your mouse pointer over the cell. Click the arrow icon to access the contextual menu.
When you access the contextual menu for a user's name cell, you have options to hide a user's row, hide other rows to focus your attention on one row, or email a user. You can view which items are visible to a user based on availability and adaptive release rules or which items a user marked reviewed. You can also view the User Statistics page which provides statistical information related to a user's performance.
To make the Grade Center accessible to as many people as possible, the Grade Center has two different modes, Interactive and Screen Reader.
In both modes, you can do the following:
Use the following steps to change to Screen Reader Mode.
This setting is not saved across sessions. It lasts only as long as the current session. After you log out, the view defaults back to Interactive Mode.