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Creating text columns

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Video: Creating text columns

To create a new Grade Center score column that contains text, words, rather than numbers, go to the Grade Center in your course. In this case I'm going to go into my Educational Technology course, scroll down to the Grade Center, click on the two greater than signs to the right. Remember that if you are running Blackboard 9.0 you go to Evaluation Grade Center. And you're going to create a new column. Make sure that the Primary Display is set to Text, the points are zero, and you exclude this from counting. So let me explain that a little slower.

Creating text columns

To create a new Grade Center score column that contains text, words, rather than numbers, go to the Grade Center in your course. In this case I'm going to go into my Educational Technology course, scroll down to the Grade Center, click on the two greater than signs to the right. Remember that if you are running Blackboard 9.0 you go to Evaluation Grade Center. And you're going to create a new column. Make sure that the Primary Display is set to Text, the points are zero, and you exclude this from counting. So let me explain that a little slower.

Besides first names and last names, you may want to create a Grade Center column that contains non-grade information, something like the students' preferred name or the section of the students enrollment or maybe their year in school. If you're teaching a class with undergraduate and graduate students you probably want to have a column that tells you which ones are the undergraduates, which ones are the graduate. These are the things that you're going to have to enter. This is going to be manually entered by you. It doesn't count towards a student's grades, but it also doesn't come from the institution.

So let's actually do this. Let's create a Grade Center column that's just plain text. We're not going to count anything. It's a box in which I can type whatever I want, and in this case I'm going to go in and type Preferred Name, so this doesn't actually count for any points. I am not going to have a display name, scroll down, and I'm going to choose the Primary Display here, not as Score and not as Letter. Remember a letter is A, B, C, D, F. That's letter grade. In this case I want it to count as Text only.

I am not going to have a secondary display because this is just text, and the key point, make Points Possible 0. This doesn't count. There are no grades here. We're just going to be entering a text column. I am going to scroll down. And do I want to count this? No, this is not a grade. Do I want my students to be able to see this? No, this is just for me, and obviously there's not going to be any statistics here. I am going to click on Submit. Now what you'll see is if I scroll down a little bit and I now scroll, it added that column and it actually added it to the far right-hand side. You can see that this actually doesn't count and isn't visible.

I hold my mouse over it and it says Column Not Visible to Users. That's what that circle with the red line in it is. And notice in the Grade Information Bar it says Preferred Name, Grade Type here. It says Grade, but that's not a problem, and Points Possible is zero. I can go in here and now start typing. So Jayden actually prefers to be called Jay, so I just type Jay. So I now have the ability in this column to type anything I want. It's going to be short text box, but I can type anything. Now you're going to notice that this text column is on the far right-hand side of the screen. How do I move that column? Well that's a topic for our next movie.

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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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