Worksheet: Blackboard Grade Center
Look at your syllabus and jot down some examples:
- What does the grading portion of your syllabus look like in terms of graded activities and scoring? What are the individual elements that go into that grading?
Examples: 5 quizzes worth 5 points each; 3 short essays worth 10 points each; a project with 2 drafts worth 5 points each; a research journal worth 5 points; a final project and presentation together worth 30 points.
- If you group some grades together in your course, what are they and how are they grouped? For example, do you do things like group together 6 quizzes so you can drop the lowest grade, then count the remaining 5 as 20% of the grade?
A reminder about the kinds of columns available in the Grade Center:
- If you have turned on Grading in any Blackboard tool, or used the Test or Survey tools that grade automatically, Blackboard will automatically create a column for that assessment in the Grade Center.
- For graded work done outside Blackboard, you will need to create manual columns.
- Calculated columns are used for totals, sub-totals, weighted totals, averages, or min/max calculations.
- The Category feature is central to how Blackboard groups your grades that will be calculated together for the purpose of weighting, or for dropping lowest grades in that category.