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Now that we have a Score column, entering grades is a snap. Click the cell, for the grade you want to enter. Key in the grade, we'll give this student a 95, and then hit the Enter or Return key on your keyboard. It may take a second or two to save, remember Blackboard's grade center is a full fledged web spreadsheet program, and it's probably going to be the slowest page in Blackboard. But, once it's saved. That's it. If you chose to show this column to students this grade now appears on the student's My Grades page. Simple enough right. Yeah but I do have some tips from years in the field.
Before you do anything check this Grade Information bar. At the top of your Grade Center. What this shows you is the number of points possible, how it's going to be displayed, and whether or not your users are going to see it. The key thing to remember is. Maximum points possible. If this is only worth ten points and you accidentally type in 100, you've giving the students extra credit. And that actually is going to skew the grades. Visible To Users means that your students can see this.
Now, I've seen some faculty say I don't want my student to see this. So I'm going to go and hide the column, hide the column does not hide the column from the students, it hides it from you. If you want to hide this column from your students, you can choose, Show/Hide to users, or edit the column information and change it there. We'll come back to that in a minute. Another thing to remember is, you may not actually need to slow down between saves, if I hit 85 Enter, 75 Enter 65 Enter, 95 Enter.
I can just power through this list. Just remember that you do need to hit Enter every time. If I go 85 and then hit the down arrow, Blackboard throws up an error message saying you know you just entered a grade but you didn't save it. You need to press the Enter key. So I have to click OK and if I do that again and press the down arrow, this is going to get really obnoxious. So remember press the Enter or Return key to save your grade. What happens if you make a mistake, well go correct it. This is actually supposed to be a 75.
Type 75 and then hit Enter. You can overwrite any grades. Let me also show you something else. A lot of faculty see this, and they don't quite understand this. I'm Click a couple students and there's this button here that says Email and I can send an email to selected users, but this doesn't email the students their grades that violates all kinds of privacy laws. What this does is it opens up a new email for you, so that you can contact those students, without telling them their grades.
One last thing I need to show you before we get into some of the more advanced features is that zeros matter. Don't ever leave anything blank. On your Grade Centre always put zeros, because depending upon how your institution has set up there, Blackboard's Grade Centers the Total column may be calculated as what's called a running total which is just a fancy way of saying that blanks score may not automatically be counted against the students grade I always put zeroes for missing grades.
I never leave a grade center cell blank. One more thing I want to show you. Let's go back and talk about hiding columns. I want to use Blackboard's gradebook, but I dont want my student's to see their grades. I want to keep the grades to myself. Let's hide this mid term column. I'm going to go here click on it and I'm going to hide it to the users. I see this red slash through a black circle that means that the column is in fact hidden to users in fact if I click in a cell.
It shows me that it's not visible to users. But notice that even though the mid-term score is now hidden from the students, the score still appears in the total column. I need to hide that as well, if I truly want to hide score columns. And to actually do that I actually have to go into Edit Column Information. And then scroll down. And I'm not going to show it to students. And click on Submit.
It's really easy to overlook that, and I actually choose not to hide grades. Students really appreciate seeing their grades, but if you want to keep your grades private, make sure to hide All of your columns, including the total column. And if you're using weighted grades, the weighted total column. Anything that doesn't have a red slash, your students will be able to see. So, in this movie, we enter grades, change grades, and even hid score columns from our students. But, what if your co-teaching a class, or better still, you have a teaching assistant or two And you login to Blackboard one day and, well you notice that some of your grades seem different.
Well, Blackboard automatically logs every change to your course's gradebook. Who did what, when. And that's what we're going to look at next.
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