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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.
In the last movie I mentioned that you cannot change a weighted total, total or calculated score columns. But what if you really, really, really want to change your student's final grade in Blackboard? Well, there are actually three ways to do it. This total column with a green checkbox, that is the final grade. If you see that checkbox that just means final grade. Blackboard calls that the external grade. I'm not quite sure why. It's not actually external to Blackboard. I can make any total be the final total grade. So I've got the green checkbox here, but if I go to Weighted Total, click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons, I can say no, this is actually going to be my final external grade.
I can also go back and change it back to the Total column. So I've got this Total column here, let me set it as the external grade, and it turns out that we're at a fake campus, State University, and that State University at 93.33 is an A minus. And you know Jay, I picked on him enough this semester. I want to give him a 94, give him a solid A. Well if I click on this, I can't change it. I can't modify this. One of the ways that I can raise Jay's score is just go back to one of the grades that comprises his score and just give him some points.
So he has 90 in Term Paper 3, let me give him 100. See what happens? Scroll over and now he has 94, so I've given him a solid A. So he first way to change your final score is to add points to student scores that comprise that final grade. The other way you can do this is you can add a zero point extra credit column. If you're going to do this and you've modified the total or weighted total, remember that you have to add this column to the total or weighted total calculations.
Let me go here and I'm going to create a new extra credit column. I'm actually going to call it Curve. These are just extra points that I'm going to give my students. I'm going to scroll down, have it display as Score, and the Secondary Display of Percentage, and here's the key point. I've got to put the Points Possible as zero. What this means is that any score that I add here is going to be extra for the students. If I've a Points Possible here, it's actually going to be an assignment and if I set Points Possible to anything other than zero and I forget to enter a score for a student it's actually going to decrease the students' grades.
That's not what we want to do. We want to curve grades up. So in this case have the Points Possible here be zero. I'm going to scroll down and click on Submit. Now you remember in previous movies I went into both the Total and Weighted Total columns and actually went and modified those. So they're not calculating all the columns but only specific columns. So I've got to go here to Edit Column Information. I'm going to scroll down and take the Curve column and add that over.
So remember if I don't include the Curve column, it's not going to count. If you would set this so it says All Grade Columns, you don't have to do this. We're only doing this, because we've modified this earlier, so I click on Submit. Now let me show you what happens here. I'm going to go here. I'm going to take Jayden's Classroom Participation. I'm going to remove that 100 and hit Enter. I've now cleared his grade or nulled it. And now he drops down to an 84%, but let me show you what happened. If I go back here and type in Curve and give him 100 points, he back to the 94.
Notice that the other students aren't getting penalized. Now their grades are so low because we chose not to calculate this as a running total. But I'm able to curve Jayden's score by creating a zero point column, making sure it's counting in the total, and I'm able to give Jayden some extra points here. The last thing you can do, this is actually a kind of smart idea, is if you don't want to go through all of this, creator a brand-new column. Call it Final Grade.
Scroll down. Have the Primary Display as Text. Not Number, not Letter. Text. Scroll down again. Have the Points Possible be 0 points. Scroll down. I'm not going to calculate this, but I am going to show it to my students. I now have a new column at the far right -hand side of my grade book in which I can now type whatever final grade I want to give my students. I've just created a Final Grade column.
It's a fake column. Everything is good. If I wanted to I could actually go and take that Total column and I could hide the Total column from the students by going to Edit Column Information and choosing not to show it to the students. The students the when they get in my course would see this new final grade and I can actually have whatever I want. I can type in A here. I can type a 90 here. I can type a Good here. I keep forgetting to hit Enter.
I can type Needs Improvement. I can type whatever I want and I have the ability now to give the students the final grade that I want to give them, not the final grade that Blackboard is calculating. So remember, if you really want to change your students final grades, there are three ways to do it. You can add points to the students score that comprise that final grade, you can add a zero point extra credit column, make sure that column counts in your Total or Weighted Total column, or you can create a new non-calculated text column, call it Final Grade, make it 0 points, not include it in the calculation, and just enter the final grade you want to give your students.
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