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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.
The easiest way to change your grade on a Blackboard Grade Center page is to, well, just change the grade. For example, Jay on the first quiz, he got a 90. I want to give him a 95. So what I do is I click on the score and just type in a new score, 95, and then press Enter or Return on my keyboard. Remember, I don't want to type 95 and then click somewhere else. Blackboard will throw up that message saying, "don't forget to click OK." Now you can enter grades or change grades for almost anything that you see on your grade book, Grade Center, with a few exceptions.
If it is a weighted total, if it's a calculated total, those things you won't be able to edit. I'm clicking on this and it's not allowing me to change it because it's a weighted total. Blackboard figures out that grade, you can't change it yourself. For the Total, you can't change that. However, I could change Classroom Participation. Let me go back and I want to show you something else, a couple other options that are built in here. For example, let's go and choose William Jones, and not only can I enter a grade, but I want to you notice to the right of his particular grade there's a button with two downward facing chevrons.
That means Edit or More. And I've the option here of exempting the grade. Exempting the grade means that this doesn't count. It's not included in William Jones' final grade. It's sort of in this case a true excused grade. I'm just going to wipe it out, whatever the weight is, doesn't matter. He's not going to be penalized for this grade. I can exempt the grade. When I do that, you see this little blue box here that says the grade has been exempted for this user.
If I decide, oops, that was a mistake, I can actually clear the exemption if I wanted to. One another option I can do is by clicking on the button with the two downward facing chevrons. I can click on View Grade Details. View Grade Details shows me a couple things including the ability to clear a grade, so I can completely erase it as if it was never done. If this were an assignment or a test, we'll talk about those in a later chapter. I can actually clear the attempt. I can also edit the grade. So if I want to I can just go type another grade here.
This just seems like extra steps considering you can enter the grade on the Grade Center, but you can give him some feedback, some individualized, personalized feedback. When he goes to his My Grades he can click on the grade and he will see your notes. That's up to you. It's completely optional. You do that by clicking on the button with the two downward facing chevrons. Click on Save. So you have the ability to clear a grade, to Eeit a grade, you can also view the history or finally, you can manually override a grade.
There are going to be some grades in Blackboard that are automatically graded, like tests. You can if you want to override the grade. You're going to say I want my grade to count. I don't care what Blackboard is saying. I prefer to give this student an 88. In this case, I can give the feedback to the user if I wanted to, click on Save. So regardless of what Blackboard said, I can override the grade. If I ever need to I can always revert back to the original grade. So again, if you ever need to change your grade, just go into the Grade Center and change it.
You can either type in a new grade or you can click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons and choose some of the options there. Remember, that you cannot change weighted total, total or any calculated columns.
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