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Changing the default letter-grading schema

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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.

Changing the default letter-grading schema

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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  1. 8m 1s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 12s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.1 versions and campus customizations
      2m 27s
  2. 24m 42s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 10s
    3. Creating announcements
      3m 41s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 59s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 9s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      2m 52s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 42s
  3. 22m 43s
    1. Navigating Blackboard
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing Blackboard
      3m 29s
    3. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 21s
    5. Toggling the edit mode
      1m 35s
    6. Hiding and unhiding the course menu
      1m 36s
    7. Touring course management
      4m 53s
  4. 22m 7s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 54s
    2. Adding new menu items
      4m 36s
    3. Managing tools
      2m 31s
    4. Using course themes
      2m 57s
    5. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      7m 9s
  5. 11m 51s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 2s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      5m 10s
    3. The pitfalls of unenrolling
      2m 39s
  6. 56m 30s
    1. Organizing content into folders or structures
      4m 34s
    2. Attaching files
      9m 29s
    3. Using the content editor
      5m 31s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      7m 49s
    5. Recording webcam videos with Video Everywhere
      7m 47s
    6. Linking to an external web resource
      5m 22s
    7. Linking to an internal course file
      3m 0s
    8. Making content available to students
      5m 39s
    9. Copying and moving content
      7m 19s
  7. 25m 43s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      3m 52s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      2m 17s
    3. Changing the default letter-grading schema
      5m 29s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 41s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 5s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 19s
  8. 39m 26s
    1. Color coding the Grade Center
      3m 54s
    2. Adding columns to the Grade Center
      2m 54s
    3. Managing columns in the Grade Center
      4m 57s
    4. Creating grading periods
      5m 54s
    5. Creating categories
      3m 32s
    6. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      5m 26s
    7. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      3m 38s
    8. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      4m 12s
    9. Uploading student grades
      1m 22s
    10. Changing grades
      3m 37s
  9. 18m 46s
    1. Creating assignments
      8m 23s
    2. Downloading assignments
      3m 43s
    3. Inline grading
      6m 40s
  10. 49m 18s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      2m 51s
    2. Creating an empty test
      4m 0s
    3. Choosing the question settings
      5m 55s
    4. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 0s
    5. Creating true/false questions
      4m 4s
    6. Creating essay or short answer questions
      5m 11s
    7. Creating fill-in-the-blank questions
      7m 23s
    8. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      6m 19s
    9. Reusing questions
      5m 35s
  11. 36m 54s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      10m 27s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      5m 47s
    3. Creating mobile compatible tests
      5m 43s
    4. Viewing the student results and question item analysis
      5m 58s
    5. Regrading tests
      4m 2s
    6. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      4m 57s
  12. 18m 3s
    1. Sending emails
      5m 50s
    2. Creating announcements
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      7m 52s
  13. 24m 5s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      9m 23s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      7m 18s
    3. Moderating forums
      2m 40s
    4. Rating posts
      1m 57s
    5. Grading discussions
      2m 47s
  14. 13m 34s
    1. Creating groups
      9m 15s
    2. Creating group assignments and assigning grades
      4m 19s
  15. 8m 17s
    1. Using Blackboard Mobile Learn
      6m 53s
    2. Next steps
      1m 24s

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