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Creating score columns

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To create a new Grade Center score column, access your Grade Center. That's down there in your Course Management area. If you have Blackboard 9.1, you'll see Grade Center with these two greater than sign to the right. You can click on that. If you've Blackboard 9.0, you'll click on Evaluation Grade Center. Remember your Grade Center might take a few seconds to load. It is a full-fledged web program. And this is the Grade Center. Let me give you a quick tour. We've got some buttons across the top, we can create a column. We can create a calculated column and there are those two downward facing chevrons.

Creating score columns

To create a new Grade Center score column, access your Grade Center. That's down there in your Course Management area. If you have Blackboard 9.1, you'll see Grade Center with these two greater than sign to the right. You can click on that. If you've Blackboard 9.0, you'll click on Evaluation Grade Center. Remember your Grade Center might take a few seconds to load. It is a full-fledged web program. And this is the Grade Center. Let me give you a quick tour. We've got some buttons across the top, we can create a column. We can create a calculated column and there are those two downward facing chevrons.

It looks like, yup! There is more stuff there. Average Column, Minimum Maximum Column. I can go to the Management tools. We actually showed you how to go and change the grading schema, using Manage Grading Schemas. There are also some reports. There's filters and I can even work offline. As I scroll down, I am seeing all of my students right now sorted by Last Name, but I can sort by First Name. Also notice that as I'm hovering over these columns, it showing me the column name in this Grade Information Bar up here.

See Student ID. I can see Last Access. So what I am seeing right now are a type of column called student information columns. So these things come pre- rendered into the program. Last Name, First Name, Username, Student ID, Last Access, Availability. Next thing you are going to see are calculated columns like Weighted Total and Total. That's the final grade. And as we start adding more columns, we'll start seeing grade columns. These two columns over here, the Last Name and First Name, are frozen columns.

What that means is as we scroll left and right, those first two columns will always stay the first two columns. So they're frozen in time, frozen in place. So we've got these default columns already build-in. As you go through your Blackboard and start creating assessments, tests, surveys, self assessments, those will automatically create columns. We'll talk about these tools in the later chapters. And Assignment is going to create an automatic column here. Created discussion forums and threads, created blogs, journals and wikis.

But for most of the time you are going to have to manually create your own columns. And the way you do that is you click on Create Column up here at the top of the page. So I am going to click on Create Column. First thing it's going to do is going to ask me to enter the name of my column. In this case I am going to create a column for the midterm. Okay, so I need to create a brief descriptive name for this column. Don't go crazy with the naming, because it's actually becomes the column header in the Grade Book.

You really only want to use 14 or 15 characters or fewer than that if possible. In this case I'll just type in Midterm. Now I could also put in a Grade Center Display Name. The Grade Center Display Name is what the students see in My Grades. If I don't put anything here, Midterm is going to be what shows up. In this case Midterm is perfectly fine. The description is also something that students can see when they get into their My Grades. And then Blackboard is going to ask me the grades that I enter.

Am I going to enter a Score, in other words, it's going to be a number? Is it going to be a Letter, in other words A, B, C, D or F and in the last movie we showed you how to convert those back into numbers using the grading schema. Text is meaningless. Text is just letters. Those don't count. There is no grade for a text. You can enter a Percentage. Or you can actually have Complete/ Incomplete, which could be a checkbox or just an empty cell. In this case I am going to choose Score. I am not going to change anything. Now I also have the option of doing a Secondary Display.

To the right of My Score on my display as an instructor, students don't see this, I can actually have this show up as a Letter, as a Percentage, or as Complete/Incomplete. The Letter uses the grading schema that we've talked about in the last movie. Or I can choose Percentage. We usually do Percentage. Normally I enter grade as scores with a Secondary Display of Percentage. It will automatically calculate that. We'll talk about Category later. For now let's enter the Points Possible. Notice there is a star there.

That means it is required. So I'll go 100 points. I can actually create a due date here. We'll talk about that in an upcoming movie. And then finally I've got three options and this is really kind to confusing, but let me explain what they're saying here. Include this column in Grade Center Calculations is very simply, does this counts to the student's final grades, yes or no? If you say no, it doesn't count. It's not going to be calculated. I am going to say yes, this counts, this matters. I wouldn't create a Grade Center column if I didn't want the grades to count.

Do I want my students to be able to see this column? Now they are not going to see the entire column. They are just going to see their grades. So really what they're saying here is do you want your student to be able to click on My Grades and see their individual grades? Yes or no, completely up to you. Last one is do you want the students to be able to see the average and median for this particular item? I usually keep this as No, because I've got grades where I might enter a grade today and have half the class graded today, half the class graded tomorrow, and the students are going to get a bad idea of what the average and median is if they come in while I'm in the middle of my grading.

So normally I leave that set to No. And I click on Submit and I've added the Grade Center column... and it doesn't show up. Where is it? What's going on? Well, it turns out that Blackboard's Grade Center, when you add a new grade column adds it to the far right-hand side. Remember I said we could scroll. So we've actually got the Weighted Total, the Total, and then the Midterm shows up over here on the far right-hand column. By the way if I ever need to go back and edit this thing, remember the button with the two downward facing chevrons? Well, it's here.

Click on it and I can go Edit Column Information. It takes me back into the column settings, so I can always change this later. How do I move the Midterm column from the far right-hand side to someplace else? Well, we're going to talk about that in the next chapter. For now what I'd like you to do, this is actually your homework assignment, I'd like you to create a handful of columns to play around within your course. Create four term paper columns, four quiz columns, and a final column. So in effect, you're going to have 10 columns.

4 term papers, 4 quizzes, and the midterm that we just created.

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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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