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In this course, Patrick Crispen teaches the ins and outs of Blackboard 9 so that educators and trainers can get up to speed in the system quickly—even if they've never used Blackboard before. The course explores customizing a course site, managing users, and adding and organizing content, including multimedia. It also shows how to perform student assessments in the Grade Center, as well as how to communicate with students and encourage participation and collaboration.
To enter grades in a Blackboard course, access the course's Grade Center. It's under the Course Management area. I am going to click to the right of the Grade Center. You'll see two greater than signs. I am going to click on that. If you've got Blackboard 9.0 you'll go to Evaluation Grade Center. Remember your Grade Center is a program so it might take a little while to load. Be patient. I am going to scroll to the right a little bit. I am going to look for my Midterm column. Here is my Midterm column. I am going to click on it and I can start entering grades. Just type them and hit Enter or Return on my keyboard.
Now, let me give you a tip. Before you do anything, check the Grade Information Bar. Here it says that the Grade Type is Grade, Points Possible are 100, Displayed As a Score, Visible to Users Yes. The Points Possible is really important. What this is telling me is that this is a score column and what I type here has to be a score. I am not going to put a percent sign. I am going to give a raw score and the score can be only up to 100 points. Actually it could be higher if I wanted to give extra credit.
But anything above 100 points is beyond an A. So when I type in my grade, I need to make sure that I'm typing in the correct unit. If this is actually a 30-point paper and I give the student 100 points, they've just basically hit the ball out of the park on 3 papers. So in this case, I want to type in an 88. Now, if I go and click my cursor or my mouse on the next cell, Blackboard is going to yell at me. It's going to say, "You know, you just entered a grade. You probably do want to save that." So, yep, you are right. Probably should've done that.
Let me show you how to avoid that and speed up the process. Type in a grade. I'll give this person 89 and then press the Enter or Return key on your keyboard. Unless you hit the Enter or Return key you're going to get that error message and that is going to slow you down. The other thing to remember is you don't have to wait between saves. Let me type in 89. Kind of waiting for it to save. I can actually shotgun through this thing. Let me actually give everybody else 99s. Sometimes it might need to go back, but most of the times it should catch up and save as you're typing.
So it's actually a pretty good way to speed-enter your grades into your Blackboard courses. By the way, what happens if I make a mistake, if it turns out this student didn't actually get an 88, he got an 89? What do I do? I am going to just type in 89 and press Enter. Blackboard will automatically do it. Turns out that Blackboard not only change the grade. Blackboard created a history of that. We are going to talk about that in the next movie and how you can see the grade histories. But if you ever make a mistake, you can go in and correct it.
We'll give this student a 90. Now I want to show you something else and this is the common point of confusion. I've got Jayden. She's got an 89 in the class. I am going to click on her name. And I want you to notice at the very top of the Grade Center here there is a button that says Email and I can email selected users. Boy, that sure does look like I'm being able to send an email to Jayden telling her what her grade is! That's absolutely not what this does. Email selected users does not email the students their grades.
Grades are actually private, non- directory information that you can't send in email because email is not secure. When you Email Selected Users from the Grade Book, it just opens up the Email tool and you can send an email message to them, but it doesn't include their grade information. So don't click on Email Selected Users and think you are going to be Emailing your students their grades. I want to show you one last thing. This isn't going to make a lot of sense right now, but the Total column, it's got this little checkbox. That's the external grade.
External doesn't mean it's let out of the system. It just means this is the final column. This is the grade that counts. But the grade here is actually a raw score. It's a raw score, in this case out of a thousand points. I've got 10 columns each worth a hundred points. This could get a little confusing because a student might have 270 points and what the heck does that mean? Well you can click on the button with the two downward facing chevrons to the right in the Total column and you can actually go edit the column information, and in this case you can now scroll down and you can have the display be a score, in other words a raw number. You can have it show up as a letter.
Using Blackboard's grading schema it will convert that raw score into a letter. Text I wouldn't do, because text doesn't count. You can do it as a percentage or Complete/Incomplete. My recommendation is leave it as Score but have a secondary display of Percentage. That way as that number gets higher and higher and higher that raw score will actually make sense to you. I am going to scroll down and click on Submit and you'll see now that there is a second part of this. This student has 89 points. That's actually worth 89%.
If I go in for Term Paper 1 and give the student 100 points, the student has 189 points which is actually a 94.5%. That's why I recommend going to the Total column and adding the secondary display now.
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