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Get the Blackboard training you need to quickly enroll students and start creating assignments. Patrick Crispen shows teachers how to customize their course sites, manage users, and add and organize course content, including multimedia and online assessments. He also shows how to enter scores, create grading periods, and more in the Grade Center. Plus, learn how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration on forums and between groups. Existing users will also appreciate the last-minute guide to working with the latest version of the program, Blackboard 9.1 service pack 13, in seven easy steps.
Besides grading periods, another way to bring some order to your grade center is to use categories. Categories can also be really helpful if you want to drop a student's lowest score or even weight grades. Something we'll talk about in the next two movies. In the last movie we introduced a bunch of new score columns. We've got four new quiz columns, four term paper columns, a final, class participation. That's in addition to the midterm column we created last chapter. Now we need to categorize those, unless of course you already categorized them when you created them.
So I'm going to go to Manage and go to Categories. By default, Blackboard's grade center has nine default categories. Assignment, blog, discussion, journal. Safe assignment, that tool's actually off in this version of Blackboard, so you don't see it here. Self and peer assessment, although the word assessment is missing. Survey, and test. None of these can actually be edited or removed. But you can add your own categories. In fact, I created my own quiz category.
And, the next step, what we want to do, is create a category. I'm going to create another one for class participation. So I'm going to click on Create Category. I'm going to call it class part. Remember, I only have 14 characters or less, the description is completely optional. And I'm going to click on Submit. So you can customize this to your heart's desire, but you can't change any of the nine default categories. I'm going to click on OK to go back to the Grade Center. And the next step is to assign score columns to the appropriate categories.
So I'm going to go back to Manage > Column Organization. We've seen this page a couple times. And I'm going to scroll down, and in this third column, it's showing me the categories that everything has been assigned to, that nickname hasn't been assigned to anything, but it's not really a score column so it doesn't matter. I'm going to scroll down and I've got quiz one as a quiz, quiz two as a quiz, term paper one as assignment and term paper two is. It's no category, oh no! Well, what you do is click that and then either scroll to the top or the bottom, and you're going to change the category to whatever it is.
Since that term paper is an assignment, I click on assignment. If I scroll back up, it's now set to assignment. Let's keep going down, making sure we haven't made any mistakes. Quiz three. Yep, we need to change that to a quiz. It's going to change that category to a quiz, that's one of the categories that I created by hand. And, oh! I've got my classroom participation. I want to change that as well, and change that to class part. And now every score column has been assigned to some category.
I'm going to click on Submit. Remember you have to click on Submit to save your changes. Finally to view Grade Center columns by specific category make sure that Filter is turned on and then choose the categories that you want to see. So if you want to see just the quizzes, there they are. This is really an easy way to narrow in on specific score columns, rather than having to view the entire spreadsheet. By the way, if you do want to see the entire spreadsheet, just go Category > All Categories.
So, now that we've got every score column categorized, dropping scores and weighting scores is going to be a snap. And we'll see how to do that in our next two movies.
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