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Creating grading periods


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

Video: Creating grading periods

We're back in our Grade Center. I'm going to scroll over the far left and scroll up the page. To create a new grading period, what we're going to do is go to Manage > Grading Periods, and then click Create Grading Period. What exactly is a grading period? Well, you may have a long class, a class that spans several months, and during those several months, you may have lots and lots and lots of score columns over a really long period of time.
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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

Creating grading periods

We're back in our Grade Center. I'm going to scroll over the far left and scroll up the page. To create a new grading period, what we're going to do is go to Manage > Grading Periods, and then click Create Grading Period. What exactly is a grading period? Well, you may have a long class, a class that spans several months, and during those several months, you may have lots and lots and lots of score columns over a really long period of time.

It's going to be the same Grade Center. It's going to be the same students. But what you want to do is organize your Grade Center, you want to chunk it, by time periods. You might want to have the first half of your term or the second half of the term or if you're teaching in a 180- day academic year, you might want to do first nine weeks, second nine weeks. What this allows you to do is you can filter the Grade Center view. So instead of seeing the entire Grade Center, you can see a grading period. You can also, if you want to, calculate grades just for that period or just create a report for that period.

So let's go and set up a grading period. I'm going to go to Manage > Grading Periods, and I want to create a grading period. I'll just call it First Half. You could call it first nine weeks, second nine weeks. I'm just going to call First Half. This is a note for me. I can, if I want, set the grading period dates, the start and end date in a certain range. In fact, I can actually set the range and then say anything that has a due date that falls within that range is automatically associated with that grading period.

In this case, I'm going to do it None. I kind of like adding column to grading periods by hand. It just seems to make a little more sense to me. I like having the control. So I've now created the grading period. By the way, once I've created a grading period, if I want to go and edit it, remember I've got the button with the two downward-facing chevrons I can click on, edit at anytime. Let me get back into the grading center. Now that I've got a grading period, I want to list which of the particular score columns fall within that particular grading period.

So what I will do now is I'm going to go back now to Manage and I'm going to go to Column Organization. And you're going to notice that the Column Organization window is changed a bit. I'm going to scroll down and we have the user information. We have the grade information. We've got a new table here in the middle which is called First Half. That's the grading period, and what I can do now is I can start dragging particular score columns from down here in the regular grade area up to that particular grading period.

So in this case, I know the Term Paper 1 is part of the First Half assignments. Term Paper 2, Quiz 1, Quiz 2 and that's it. So I've now created a grading period. So any grades that show up in Term Paper 1, Term Paper 2, Quiz 1, Quiz 2, automatically get associated with the first half of the course, that grading period. Now remember, any time I make changes into Manage Column Organization, those changes don't take effect until I click on Submit.

In fact, it says at the very top of the page, Changes have been made but not saved. Click Submit to save the changes. So I am going to click on Submit and very likely you're not going to notice much of a difference. Things are kind of out of order now. We've got Term Paper 1, Term Paper 2, Quiz 1, Quiz 2. Preferred Name is over there at the far right-hand side. I can move that over here. Preferred Name, then Term Paper, Term Paper 2. So it is a little confusing, but I want to show you now, I am going to scroll back up to the top.

Now that I've created that particular grading view, I can now go and click on Filter and if I click on Filter, I have the ability to view not only my full Grade Center, but I can view just those grades from the First Half, from that grading period. It ends up making my grade book much easier to understand and navigate. Remember though that I'm now stuck in the First Half until I go back and choose the full Grade Center.

One thing about organizing your columns and this is something that you might run into. I'm going to go back into Column Organization. Let's say that my midterm is actually going to be in grading period 1 and 2. Well guess what? That can't happen. You cannot associate a column with more than one grading period. That's just something to remember. So remember, what we did in this case was we created a grading period.

First step we did, we went to Manage and then created a grading period and you can create as many as you want, you can edit them. Once you've managed the grading periods, you've created them, you can then start dragging columns into the particular grading period by going to Column Organization and want something integrating period, click on Filter and you can change the view to view just the grades from that grading period.

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