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Changing a final grade


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

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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.
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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 a final grade

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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