Using the Grade Center

Using the Grade Center








Using the Grade Center
The Grade Center is used to monitor and grade student work. See Monitoring Features >
Monitoring Performance and Reports for information on using Grade Center Color Codes,
Performance Dashboard, Retention Center and Reports.
Access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Select Full Grade Center, Needs
Grading or other view.

Working with Grade Center Cells (Full Grade Center)
To Manually Enter a Grade - be sure Edit Mode is on then click in the cell and enter the
grade. Click “enter” to move to the next student.

Actions that can be taken within a cell include View Grade Details, Quick Comment and
Exempt Grade. The menu of available actions depends on the type of item, for example an
assessment (Figure 1) which also includes a link to the last attempt or an item such as a
Wiki (Figure 2) which can be graded from within the Grade Center.

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Figure 1

Figure 2

View Grade Details – opens a window that allows instructor to view this and other
attempts (Grade History); delete, grade, override, clear or ignore various attempts. Use the
navigational arrows at the top of the page to move to the next user or the next column for
that user.

Quick Comment – opens a window that allows instructor to provide specific feedback for
the student or grading notes for the instructor. Students will see a “Comments” link in their
grade center view.

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Exempt Grade – Select this option to exempt this score for this student

Grade Center Icons
A variety of icons may be seen in the Full Grade Center. The Icon Legend shows you what
the various symbols mean that you may see in the Grade Center.

User Unavailable – user cannot access Bb, can be turned on and off under Users and
Groups, Users, then select Change User’s Role under specific user name
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Column Not Visible to Users - a column hidden by the instructor from student view
Completed – ungraded item such as a survey; results viewable by the instructor after more
than one student has completed it
Needs Grading – contains essay question(s) that must be manually corrected by the
instructor. The exclamation point may also indicate a student who has exceeded time limits
on an assignment or assessment.
Override –indicates the instructor has overridden the original grade for an item
Attempt in Progress – attempt is in progress and student has not submitted it
Grade Exempted for this User – Click the drop down arrow within a Grade Center cell to
select this option
Error – indicates a grading error
Not Participating – shows when columns are attributed to groups

Grade Information Bar
The Grade Information Bar can be seen when a Grade Center cell is clicked. In this image
assignment 02B is Extra Credit and is worth zero points (so that it does not affect the total
points available).

E-mail from the Grade Center
One or more students may be emailed from the Grade Center at one time. This feature is
useful for sending students email about a Grade Center Item, for example sending
reminders about missing assignments.
1. To use Grade Center E-mail Check the name(s) of the user(s) then click the E-mail
button and select E-mail Selected Users

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2. Complete the form and click Submit

Working with Grade Center Columns (Full Grade Center)
Click the arrow next to the title of a grade center column to reveal this menu. Available
actions will differ based on whether the item is an assessment (Figure 3), assignment
(Figure 4) or other type of item. Descriptions of each appear alphabetically below.

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Figure 3

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Figure 4

Assignment File Download- allows the instructor to download assignment submissions to
review them offline instead of reviewing them online in the Grade Center. Choose to
download all or only selected submissions as a single ZIP file. Unzip or expand the file to
view the contents. Each submission is saved as a separate file.
Assignment File Cleanup – allows the instructor to select students and delete files
associated with their submissions.
Attempts Statistics – provides various stats such as number of attempts, number that
need grading, etc
Clear Attempts for All Users – removes all scores for all users for this item
Column Statistics – gives statistics such as average, min/max, standard deviation, etc. for
this item
Download Results – provides specific stats by question or by user for this item
Edit Column Information – place to change the primary and secondary display, category,
points, due date, which attempt to grade, options such as visible to students, etc.

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Edit Test – links to the test canvas page from which test questions can be edited, deleted,
or point values changed
Grade Attempts – allows instructor to grade all attempts for all users – click Save and Next
to move to the next user
Grade Questions – allows instructor to view a specific question for all users
Grade With User Names Hidden - allows instructor to grade attempts without seeing
student names
Hide From Students - hides column from student view, instructor can still see it (symbol
next to item title)
Hide From Instructor View – hides column from instructor view (unhide under Manage,
Column Organization)
Item Analysis – provides a detailed item analysis of questions in this assessment
Quick Column Info – reveals info such as category, points possible and due date
Set as External Grade - The results in the external grade column are shared with the
institution as the students’ grades for this course. The instructor decides 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 (green check mark) appears in the column
header. The default total column cannot be deleted until another column is set as the
external grade.
Sort Ascending – sorts by points earned lowest scorer to highest
Sort Descending – sorts by points earned highest scorer to lowest
View All Attempts – provides stats for the item for all users – grade, number of attempts,
status (in progress, completed, needs grading) and duration
View Grade History – shows student grade history

Sort Columns By – Instructor View
Sort Columns By menu on the Full Grade Center allows the instructor to change the order
of columns and sequence of rows

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Layout position – sorts columns order they are shown in the Manage, Organize Grade
Center view
Categories – groups columns by category such as tests, assignments
Due date – sorts by date due IF a date is designated for each item as it is added to the grade
center. See “Date Management >Due Dates and Availability” for more information.
Creation date – helpful if items are created in the correct order
Points possible – sorts in point order
Display name – sorts alphabetically by name of item

Needs Grading
Needs grading is a feature in Blackboard that allows the instructor to access just those
items that need grading rather than having to scroll through the Full Grade Center to find
them.
1. Access Needs Grading under the Grade Center in the Control Panel.

2. Click Grade All or select an individual item to grade by clicking the student’s name

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3. The item can be graded using the inline grading feature

Inline Grading
The inline grading feature of Blackboard allows the instructor to open Assignment
attachments and grade them inline in the web browser rather than downloading the
document, grading it and uploading it again. Inline grading is available for assignments and
any interactive tools for which grading is enabled. There are a variety of features available
based upon the item being graded. For example, annotations can be added to a student’s
paper and saved in the Grade Center.

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Example: This example of a journal shows Comments by the instructor Click Comment,
Add), a place to enter the grade, and feedback.

Additional Resources: Blackboard Help https://help.blackboard.com

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