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Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows teachers how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. Plus, learn how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration on forums and between groups. Existing users will also appreciate the last-minute guide to working with the latest version of the program, Blackboard 9.1 service pack 13, in seven easy steps.
Three movies into this chapter, we're now ready to start entering grades, right? Well, not exactly. As you would expect, by default Blackboard's Grade Center uses numeric scores. But what if instead of, or in addition to numeric scores, you want to use letter grades like, a, b, c, d, f. That sounds simple, but let me ask you this. What letter grade is a 92? At some institutions, and for many instructors, that's an A minus. For others, that's a solid A and for a few a 92 is a B.
And let's take this the other way: if I give a student an A minus what numeric score does that represent? We need to tell Blackboard how to map numeric scores to letter grades and vice versa. Fortunately, Blackboard has already done this for you. Unfortunately, Blackboard maybe wrong. You see, Blackboard's Grade Center uses a default letter grading schema that may not match what you're use to, or expecting. Before you enter any letter grades. Into Blackboard, take a moment to review that schema and customize it if you need to.
So let's get into the Grade Center, remember there are a couple ways to get there. I can scroll down And I can click on Grade Center>Full Grade Center but the shortcut is to click on this light grey arrow. This opens up the Grade Center, as I mentioned earlier, Blackboard's Grade Center is a full fledged web spreadsheet program and it's probably going to be the slowest page in Blackboard. Once it eventually loads go to Manage>Grading Schemas. What you're going to do is hover over the default letter grade schema. And then choose Edit.
And I'm going to scroll down a bit and what we have here are two columns. The first shows you how Blackboard will convert numeric scores to letter grades. And the second shows Blackboard how to convert letter scores that we manually enter in the Grade Center, like A, B, C, D, and F, back into numeric scores. Let's take a little closer at my first column. Blackboard's going to convert any score between 97 and 100% to an A+. Between 94% and less than 97%.
In other words, between 94% and 96.99999%, to an A, and so on. Key takeaway here? Blackboard's Grade Center does not round up. If you're not going to use any letter grades on your grade center If all you're going to use are numbers, you're done. This default grading schema does not apply to you at all. And you're ready to start creating score columns and entering grades, and we're going to talk about that in our next movie. But, if you are going to enter any letter grades You'll probably want to modify this, so that Blackboard's grading schema matches yours.
Just enter new values, and delete the ones you don't need. For example, I might want to say that, 90 to 100 is worth a solid A. I'll make 80 to 90 worth a B. 70 to less then 80% is a C. 60 to less than 70 is a D. I'm actually going to make it 0 to less than 60 is worth an F. And that takes care of it.
But notice that I've got a bunch of extra little rows here. Well, I can delete those rows. So let's go and do that. I'm just going to start deleting all the rows that I no longer need. And that takes care of the left hand column, how to convert numeric scores into letter grades, but we're not done. Let's turn our attention to fixing the right hand column and focus how we want to take grades that we manually enter as letter grades and convert them back into numeric scores. Notice right now That an F is worth 85%, that's just silly.
So let's go up here. We're going to make an A worth 95%. We'll make a B worth 85%. We'll make a C worth 75%. A D worth 65%. And we're going to make an F worth the 0% that it actually deserves. By the way, in older versions of Blackboard you couldn't enter zero. You'd have to put 0.1 but they've fixed that in more recent versions. I'm going to click on Submit. And I've got the new green success bar shows that we've successfully updated Blackboard's default Grading Schema.
Notice, by the way, there is this Create Grading Schema button here. You can also create your own additional schema. If you want to curve a test, or grade an assignment pass-fail, satisfactory-unsatisfactory. You can customize this to your heart's content. Using Multiple Grading Schema is kind of an advanced topic. But I'll point out how you can apply your custom schemas as we go forward. So, we've seen what Blackboard's grades look like from a student's point of view. We've talked about what you should expect.
When Blackboard's Grade Center is downright pokey and why it's downright pokey. And we even customized the grading schema. Now can we enter student grades? Almost. We have to create a score column first, and that's the topic of our next movie.
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