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Applying Categories will allow the Instructor to leverage the power of the Grade Center, particularly when creating Calculated Columns. Actions such as Dropping the Lowest Grade or Weighting grades are more easily applied when Categories have been applied. If the default categories do not suffice, refer to the tutorials for Creating Categories.
Great question! When an Assignment or Test is created using the tools in Blackboard a column is automatically created in the Grade Center. Columns that are attached to a tool in Blackboard such as the Assignment Tool or Tests should be graded through Grade Details.
It is recommended that grades only be added directly into the Grade Center column if the column into which the grades are being added was been added to the Grade Center using Create Column.
See the Adding Grades within Grade Details and Adding Grades in Full Grade Center tutorials for more information.
Exempted items are not added to the total grade calculations or any of the statistical data related to an assignment or student performance. The reasons an Instructor may choose to exempt a student from an assignment will likely vary.
One of the most common examples is where an Instructor gives students a choice between completing Assignment A or Assignment B. The Instructor could Exempt Assignment B for the Student who chooses to submit Assignment A. This way the grade (or lack of a grade) for Assignment B would not be calculated into the student’s total grade.
Most certainly! If an Instructor uses complex formulas to calculate Student grades, it may be prudent to maintain a Grade Center in Excel or Numbers. While this is possible, it is important to follow the process outlined in the Downloading the Grade Center tutorial at the beginning of the term to maintain data compatibility between Blackboard and the external data source. When it is time to bring grades back into the Grade Center, simply follow the instructions outlined in the Upload Grade Center tutorial.
There are two possible reasons for this anomaly.
See the Uploading the Grade Center and the Creating a Total Column tutorials for more information.
Setting Due Dates within Blackboard provides visual cues for both the Instructor and Students regarding the status of items due.
See Course HomePage and Notifications tutorials for additional information.
No. The Secondary Display within a Grade Column is only visible by the Instructor. For example, if an Instructor wants to show the Students the raw score but they themselves want to also see the Percentage, the Primary Display would be set to Score for the Students to view while the Secondary Display would be set to Percentage for the Instructors edification.
No. Instructor Notes are only visible to individuals with grading privileges within Blackboard. This includes Teaching Assistants, Graders, and Instructors.