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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.
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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