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Creating score columns

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Video: Creating score columns

I earlier described the Blackboard's grade centers kind of like a simplified version of MIcrosoft Excel for the Web and that's true. But unlike Microsoft Excel where the spreadsheet columns are there just by default In Blackboard's Grade Center you have to manually create each score column, although you'll see in later chapters that when you create gradeable items within your course, things like assignments, surveys, tests and some discussion boards, blogs, journals, wikis. Blackboard will automatically create a grade center score column for those.

Creating score columns

I earlier described the Blackboard's grade centers kind of like a simplified version of MIcrosoft Excel for the Web and that's true. But unlike Microsoft Excel where the spreadsheet columns are there just by default In Blackboard's Grade Center you have to manually create each score column, although you'll see in later chapters that when you create gradeable items within your course, things like assignments, surveys, tests and some discussion boards, blogs, journals, wikis. Blackboard will automatically create a grade center score column for those.

But, how do you manually create a score column, a column into which you can manually enter your students' grades? Well, let's open the Grade Center. I'm going to scroll down again. Click the Grade Center. I can do full grade center and click the short cut link arrow. Remember Blackboard's Grade Center is a full fledged web spreadsheet program's probably going to be the slowest page in Blackboard so patience is a virtue. To create a new grade center score column just click Create Column. The column name is required, you do need to be brief but descriptive.

You only got of a 14 or 15 characters or fewer. This is what's going to show up as the column name both in the Grade Center and in your students' My Grade which we look at in the beginning of this chapter. So, I'm going to create something called Midterm. The Grade Center name is optional. It's a private name for the column that will display as the column header in the grade center and nowhere else. 15 characters or fewer, I just don't use this. Having different names for the same grade center columns is confusing, I usually just leave this blank.

This description. Is completely optional, it helps instructors, TAs and graders figure out what this column represents. It's a midterm, I know what it is. Now we get to go and see how the grades are going to display. The primary display is The grade format shown in the grade center and two students and by default it's going to be a score. It's sort of a raw numeric score. I can also change that if I want to. I can change it so that the primary display is letter A, B, C, D and F which we talked about in our last movie.

Text can be used in multiple ways you could just type short text notes 40 characters or fewer that aren't worth or calculated sending points at all you can right things like well done or study more. Or, if you have set up a custom grading schema, which we refered to in our last movie, you could use this text for something that converts back to a letter score, but that's a lot of work. Percentage works just like you would think. Student scores divided by total possible score and shwn as a percentage.

Complete, incomplete is, well, if you did it, you passed, and you get a check mark. Any additional grading schemas you created would also show up in this pull down list. But in this case, we're just going to choose Score. The secondary display only the shows in the Grade Center. It shows to the right. Of the primary display in parentheses. And I usually do a primary display of score and a secondary display of letter. But that's going to be completely up to you.

We'll talk about categories in the next chapter, but it's a great idea to assign a category to every column you create. We'll show you how to create your own custom categories in the next chapter but since this is a midterm and a midterm is a test I'm going to choose Test and now of course we have to put the points possible. Obviously this is required. And it has to be numbers. It has to be numeric. And notice that this is raw points not percentage. If you want a midterm worth 256 points knock yourself out, write 256.

I'm just going to do 100. I'm going to scroll down, it's going to show me that the date this is created is today. And it gives me the option of doing a due date. Due dates are cool, and they're actually going to become increasingly more so in future versions of Blackboard. Get in the habit of using them now. And you'll see in the next chapter how creating due dates makes setting up grading periods a heck of alot easier. Since this midterm will be on October first at 10:00AM. Let's put that.

So I want to choose October first. I have to jump forward a couple months. October first and it's going to be at 10:00AM. Done. Now I'm going to scroll down and I've got three options. The first option is. Do I want to include this column in the Grade Center calculations? And by default this is yes. And this should always be yes. A common end-of-the-semester problem that I've seen is that when your Grade Center doesn't add up It's usually because you accidently said no.

It says, don't count this. If you're creating a score column, you want it to count. So, yes, leave that as yes. Show this column to the students. In other words, do you want these scores to appear on your students' My Grades. This is yes by default. If you ever want this to be no, you'll have to turn this off here, and in the Total column, and possibly even the Weighted Total column, if you're using weighted final grades. I'll show you more about that in the next movie. Show Statistics is, do you want the students to be able to see the average and the median for this column? This is no by default, and I usually just leave it as no.

By the way, before we click on Submit, let me scroll back to the top of the page and notice that more help is available. Click on that and it opens up a really helpful pop up menu. I'm now ready to click on Submit. And we've now created a Score column, but I want you to notice something. The Score column's kind of in a strange place. It's added to the far right of the grade center, and that kind of gets confusing. Any new column you add goes to the far right, but you can always move these.

If you go to Manage> Column organization. You can actually move these to wherever you want it. So I can take the midterm and have it show up earlier. I'll come back and show you this a little closer, a little later. If I ever need to go and change this, I can go and edit the column information. And that's really all you need to know. That's how to create a score column. Lather, rinse and repeat. For each score column you need to create just click on Create Column, follow the on-screen prompts.

And now, finally, we are ready to integrate and we'll do that next.

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  1. 8m 1s
    1. Welcome
      45s
    2. Using the exercise files
      37s
    3. What is an LMS?
      4m 12s
    4. Understanding Blackboard 9.1 versions and campus customizations
      2m 27s
  2. 24m 42s
    1. Logging in to Blackboard
      2m 9s
    2. Accessing your course and uploading files
      5m 10s
    3. Creating announcements
      3m 41s
    4. Sending emails
      4m 59s
    5. Viewing your roster
      3m 9s
    6. Downloading the Grade Center
      2m 52s
    7. Setting course availability
      2m 42s
  3. 22m 43s
    1. Navigating Blackboard
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing Blackboard
      3m 29s
    3. Understanding the course layout and breadcrumbs
      4m 37s
    4. Exploring course-to-course navigation
      2m 21s
    5. Toggling the edit mode
      1m 35s
    6. Hiding and unhiding the course menu
      1m 36s
    7. Touring course management
      4m 53s
  4. 22m 7s
    1. Renaming, reorganizing, and deleting
      4m 54s
    2. Adding new menu items
      4m 36s
    3. Managing tools
      2m 31s
    4. Using course themes
      2m 57s
    5. Looking at course structures and the Quick Setup Guide
      7m 9s
  5. 11m 51s
    1. Viewing the course roster
      4m 2s
    2. Enrolling students and others
      5m 10s
    3. The pitfalls of unenrolling
      2m 39s
  6. 56m 30s
    1. Organizing content into folders or structures
      4m 34s
    2. Attaching files
      9m 29s
    3. Using the content editor
      5m 31s
    4. Inserting a multimedia file
      7m 49s
    5. Recording webcam videos with Video Everywhere
      7m 47s
    6. Linking to an external web resource
      5m 22s
    7. Linking to an internal course file
      3m 0s
    8. Making content available to students
      5m 39s
    9. Copying and moving content
      7m 19s
  7. 25m 43s
    1. Exploring how students view course grades
      3m 52s
    2. Optimizing the Grade Center
      2m 17s
    3. Changing the default letter-grading schema
      5m 29s
    4. Creating score columns
      6m 41s
    5. Entering grades
      5m 5s
    6. Viewing grade histories
      2m 19s
  8. 39m 26s
    1. Color coding the Grade Center
      3m 54s
    2. Adding columns to the Grade Center
      2m 54s
    3. Managing columns in the Grade Center
      4m 57s
    4. Creating grading periods
      5m 54s
    5. Creating categories
      3m 32s
    6. Dropping scores in the Grade Center
      5m 26s
    7. Weighting grades in the Grade Center
      3m 38s
    8. Downloading grades and editing in Excel
      4m 12s
    9. Uploading student grades
      1m 22s
    10. Changing grades
      3m 37s
  9. 18m 46s
    1. Creating assignments
      8m 23s
    2. Downloading assignments
      3m 43s
    3. Inline grading
      6m 40s
  10. 49m 18s
    1. Best practices for using online assessments
      2m 51s
    2. Creating an empty test
      4m 0s
    3. Choosing the question settings
      5m 55s
    4. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 0s
    5. Creating true/false questions
      4m 4s
    6. Creating essay or short answer questions
      5m 11s
    7. Creating fill-in-the-blank questions
      7m 23s
    8. Creating opinion scale/Likert questions
      6m 19s
    9. Reusing questions
      5m 35s
  11. 36m 54s
    1. Setting test availability and deploying the test
      10m 27s
    2. Assisting students with common testing obstacles
      5m 47s
    3. Creating mobile compatible tests
      5m 43s
    4. Viewing the student results and question item analysis
      5m 58s
    5. Regrading tests
      4m 2s
    6. Reviewing the differences between surveys and tests
      4m 57s
  12. 18m 3s
    1. Sending emails
      5m 50s
    2. Creating announcements
      4m 21s
    3. Using the Course Calendar
      7m 52s
  13. 24m 5s
    1. Creating discussion forums and threads
      9m 23s
    2. Facilitating discussions
      7m 18s
    3. Moderating forums
      2m 40s
    4. Rating posts
      1m 57s
    5. Grading discussions
      2m 47s
  14. 13m 34s
    1. Creating groups
      9m 15s
    2. Creating group assignments and assigning grades
      4m 19s
  15. 8m 17s
    1. Using Blackboard Mobile Learn
      6m 53s
    2. Next steps
      1m 24s

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