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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.
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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