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Entering grades

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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.

Entering grades

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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  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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