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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.
The process of entering assignment grades is identical to the process of manually entering grades for pretty much anything else in the Grade Center. Go to the Grade Center, find the Assignment column, and just enter the grade. In this case, we're going to give Jayden a 90. Press Enter or Return on my keyboard. The exclamation point has been replaced by a grade. Now there is one catch. What grades count if you have a multiple submission attempt assignment? My tip is, if you're going to allow multiple submissions, don't grade the assignment until after the assignment availability has expired.
The other thing I want you to see is, let me go back to Assignment 1. I'm going to click on the button with the downward -facing chevrons. That always means edit or more. I'm going to click on Edit Column Information. Now Blackboard when we created this column automatically created all this information. It shows the Score and do a Secondary Display of Percentage, and then this new field here, Score attempts using, and we can do score attempts of Last Attempt, Highest Grade, Lowest Grade, Grade of First Attempt, or Average of Attempt Grades.
So this gives you the ability if you want to grade multiple times where a student is doing a revision assignment, you have the ability to create a revision assignment. The student submits a paper over and over and over again. You can grade it each time. Grade of Last Attempt is the default one. You just want to leave that. I'm going to go up and click on Submit just to make sure that's been set. By the way, what if you want to leave a cell blank as you are entering grades? Well, don't enter a grade. Just leave it blank. It's that easy. So that's a good news. Entering grades in Blackboard's Grade Center is really, really easy.
Now for the bad news. Returning student papers through Blackboard's Grade Center isn't easy at all. And there is no batch upload. Rather you're going to have to do this one file at a time, one student at a time. In fact, I'm going to be completely honest. You need to know that some faculty choose to skip what I'm about to show you and just return assignments to students either in paper or in class or via an email attachment rather than using Blackboard.
But if you do want to return student papers through Blackboard, let me show you how to do it. I'm going to go to the first cell and I'm going to go and click on View Grade Details. Once I've got View Grade Details open, I can click on View Attempt. With View Attempt I can now see that the student has submitted the paper and I can right here enter a new grade for the student. Let's say the student actually got a 91. I can give the student some feedback, so I can say "well done." It's a personalized feedback to the student, something you didn't see earlier.
And then I can browse my computer and return that student's file to them. I click on Browse My Computer. I'm going to go into My Documents. I've got it here and we'll just say that's the edited paper. Now I can make some notes here for myself. These grading notes are seen by no one else in the class except me and other instructors and other teaching assistants and other graders in the course. Students can't see this. This might be a note for me saying, "This student might qualify for a scholarship.
Investigate." So I'm not making a note for myself in the Grade Center saying, hey, this student did really well. I want to go and look at this. Now the student is not going to see this. This is just a note for myself. I can save this as a draft or I click on Submit. If I click on Submit, it takes me back and now the student has my feedback, the grade, and they're ready to go. To do the next student, I click on the Next User at the top of the page and I can go to the Next User. And then if the student had submitted an assignment I can click on View Attempt.
I could then enter the information. and I do that user by user by user. Now that's one way to do it. Let me show you one other. We've done in the Grade Center, but you could also in the Grade Center instead of accessing the Grade Center if you click on the words Grade Center-- we haven't done this before-- there is a Needs Grading feature. We'll talk a little more about this in another chapter, but the Needs Grading will also show you all the assignments that you need to grade, in this case we've already graded this assignment.
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