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Changing the default letter grading schema


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Blackboard's Grade Center uses a letter grading schema that may not match what you're used to. Before you enter any letter grades in Blackboard, take a moment to review the schema and update it if you need to. To access your Grades Center, click the name of your course, scroll down and under Course Management click the two greater than sign to the right of the word Grade Center. If you're running Blackboard 9.0 and it would be under Evaluation and then Grade Center. We are 9.1 Service Pack 5, so I am just going to click here.
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  1. 7m 51s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 15s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.X versions and campus customizations
      1m 52s
  2. 28m 38s
    1. The new graphical user interface
      5m 53s
    2. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 20s
    3. Using course themes
      2m 15s
    4. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      6m 56s
    5. Using new and improved assessments
      7m 24s
    6. Looking at temporary obstacles and workarounds
      2m 36s
    7. Finding more Blackboard information
      1m 14s
  3. 26m 27s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 40s
    3. Creating announcements
      4m 15s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 57s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 50s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      3m 17s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 19s
  4. 14m 9s
    1. Understanding the tabs and sub-tabs
      5m 51s
    2. Working with modules
      3m 25s
    3. Personalizing the My Institution page
      1m 40s
    4. Editing the My Courses module
      3m 13s
  5. 12m 38s
    1. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      5m 13s
    2. Toggling the Edit Mode
      1m 26s
    3. Hiding and unhiding the Course Menu
      1m 9s
    4. Touring the Control Panel
      4m 50s
  6. 23m 53s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 58s
    2. Adding new menu items
      6m 4s
    3. Managing tools
      3m 40s
    4. Customizing a course
      9m 11s
  7. 16m 17s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 55s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      7m 31s
    3. Why not to unenroll
      3m 51s
  8. 53m 34s
    1. Organizing content into folders
      5m 24s
    2. Uploading files
      11m 49s
    3. Using the Text Editor
      6m 19s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      9m 56s
    5. Linking to an external web resource
      4m 25s
    6. Linking to an internal course file
      6m 3s
    7. Making content available to students
      2m 2s
    8. Using the Content Collection
      3m 35s
    9. Copying and moving content
      4m 1s
  9. 24m 24s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      4m 1s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      1m 36s
    3. Changing the default letter grading schema
      4m 24s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 37s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 19s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 27s
  10. 56m 19s
    1. Creating text columns
      3m 1s
    2. Managing columns
      4m 52s
    3. Creating grading periods
      5m 34s
    4. Creating categories
      5m 42s
    5. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      9m 3s
    6. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      6m 4s
    7. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      7m 51s
    8. Uploading student grades
      4m 29s
    9. Changing grades
      3m 37s
    10. Changing a final grade
      6m 6s
  11. 16m 26s
    1. Creating assignments
      6m 22s
    2. Downloading assignments
      5m 16s
    3. Grading assignments
      4m 48s
  12. 37m 51s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      4m 21s
    2. Creating an empty test and choosing the Question Settings
      5m 29s
    3. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 57s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      2m 48s
    5. Creating essay or short answer questions
      4m 5s
    6. Creating fill-in-the-blanks questions
      3m 39s
    7. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      5m 51s
    8. Reusing questions
      3m 41s
  13. 30m 28s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      13m 13s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      8m 16s
    3. Viewing the student results
      6m 40s
    4. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      2m 19s
  14. 16m 43s
    1. Sending emails
      6m 20s
    2. Creating announcements
      7m 14s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      3m 9s
  15. 33m 15s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      13m 1s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      9m 32s
    3. Moderating forums
      3m 36s
    4. Rating posts
      2m 47s
    5. Grading discussions
      4m 19s
  16. 9m 2s
    1. Creating groups
      7m 57s
    2. Adding members to groups
      1m 5s
  17. 4m 32s
    1. Next steps
      4m 32s

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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Changing the default letter grading schema

Blackboard's Grade Center uses a letter grading schema that may not match what you're used to. Before you enter any letter grades in Blackboard, take a moment to review the schema and update it if you need to. To access your Grades Center, click the name of your course, scroll down and under Course Management click the two greater than sign to the right of the word Grade Center. If you're running Blackboard 9.0 and it would be under Evaluation and then Grade Center. We are 9.1 Service Pack 5, so I am just going to click here.

That opens up the Grade Center. Now remember that page may take a little while to load. It's not just a web page. It's a full-fledged program. But in this case what I want to do, is I want to go to Manage and click on Grading Schemas. You are going to see that there is one default schema. Your institution might've created others. But I'm going to click the button with the two downward facing chevrons to the right of the word Letter, and click Edit. Remember, if you see a button with two downward facing chevrons, that always means Edit or More. I am going to click on that and let me explain what's going on here.

This is the schema mapping and what that means is that if I give a student a grade on Blackboard, a numeric grade and the grade is anywhere between 97% and 100%, Blackboard counts it as an A+. If I give a student anywhere between 94% and 96.99999%, it's going to count as a solid A. Anything between 90 and 93.9999 will count as an A-. Now here is the good news.

If you were not going to use any letter grades on your Grade Center, if all you're going to use are just numbers, who cares about this? This default grading schema doesn't apply to you. However, if you are going to use letter grades, you probably want to modify this. What we are going to do is let's enter new grade values. In fact, I want to get rid of the whole plus/minus and I just want to have solid A, B, C, D and F in my course. So what I am going to do is I am going to say anything between 90 and 100 is going to count as a solid A. Anything between 80 and 90 will count as a B. 70 to 80 is a C. I am going 0 to less than 60 is an F.

And now what I am going to do is for everything else, I am just going to delete the row. So I don't need any of these other ones, because I am doing just solid letter grades. So here we go, Delete Row. I actually want to go to the bottom. And now we have absolutely calculated everything. We've basically said anything between 90 and 100 is going to be an A, 80 to 90 is a B. I've created it. So that's great.

When I enter a number, it will convert it into a letter grade. But what happens if I go into the grade book, and I don't enter a number or a percentage, but I actually type a letter grade? We need to tell Blackboard how to convert that letter back to a number. So I might want to say that if I type a letter A that's not going to calculate as 100. I might want to say it's worth 95%. If I give the students a B that might be worth 85%.

If I give the students a C that might be worth 75%. If I enter a letter D that might be worth 65%. Now that I've set it, so that anything that I enter, if I type a letter F, it's going to count as a 0%. D is going to count as a 65%. So what I've done is I've kind of cleaned up what was a relatively complex plus/minus grading schema mapping, to make it much more realistic and much more like what I want to use. So I am ready to click on Submit and we're done.

And I have now completely updated my schema. And go back now and edit it. If I wanted to add more rows to this, I can Insert Rows. So I can go back and put plus/minuses at points that I wanted to. In that case I'm not going to. Just remember, Blackboard's Grade Center uses a letter grading schema that may not match what you're used to. Before you enter any letter grades in Blackboard, take a moment to review that schema and update it if you need to.

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