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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

Managing columns


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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors

with Patrick Crispen

Video: Managing columns

So far we've added a bunch of columns to our Grade Center and those columns all appear on the right-hand side of the Grade Center, if I scroll over. I want you to notice that we have all the columns that we added including the preferred name that we added in the last movie. Now let me kind of scroll back and I want you to notice that while the columns on the right are changing, Last Name and First Name they're staying frozen. They're always showing up. I'm going to show you why in just a minute. How do we go and change the order of the columns that appear on our Grade Center? Well, what you're going to do is go to Manage and then go to Column Organization.
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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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Blackboard 9.x Essential Training for Instructors
6h 52m Beginner Jun 30, 2011 Updated Oct 09, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Accessing a course
  • Creating announcements
  • Viewing the roster
  • Working with modules
  • Adding new menu items
  • Enrolling students and others
  • Making content available to students
  • Entering grades
  • Downloading and editing grades in Excel
  • Creating assignments and collecting papers
  • Creating online tests
  • Adding discussion forums and groups
Subjects:
Elearning Teacher Tools Education Educational Technology Higher Education LMS
Software:
Blackboard
Author:
Patrick Crispen

Managing columns

So far we've added a bunch of columns to our Grade Center and those columns all appear on the right-hand side of the Grade Center, if I scroll over. I want you to notice that we have all the columns that we added including the preferred name that we added in the last movie. Now let me kind of scroll back and I want you to notice that while the columns on the right are changing, Last Name and First Name they're staying frozen. They're always showing up. I'm going to show you why in just a minute. How do we go and change the order of the columns that appear on our Grade Center? Well, what you're going to do is go to Manage and then go to Column Organization.

When you do that what happens is each of the columns is turned into our row on this page and it actually is displaying in two different tables. The first table is the user information. Now I want you to notice there is this thing that says Everything above this bar is a frozen column. That's the reason why Last Name and First Name are always showing up and they're always showing up on the left-hand side, is because they're frozen in the Grade Centre. If I drag the Username above the frozen line now Username is going to show up all the time.

Again, I'll have to click on Submit to save the change. In this case, I don't actually want to do that. The other thing I want to show you is that I can't take the username information which is in table one and drag it down to the grading information. These two are kept separate. So we've got the user information First Name, Last Name, Username, Student ID, Last Access, Availability, those are always kept separate. One last thing and then we'll move on to the Grades. I've the ability right now, if I want to, to hide certain columns.

I can make it so that these columns don't actually show up on my Grade Center. Now remember that when I do this, I'm checking Student ID, Last Access, and Availability, if I try to hide a column on the screen I don't hide it from the students. I'm just hiding up from showing up for me on my Grades Center. So I'm going to click on Hide Selected Columns and it's going to be hidden. Remember I have not hit Submit. So I've not saved my changes yet. Let me scroll down. The second table are things that are not grading period.

Actually, a little later we'll talk about grading periods. But how do I go and move something from one column location to another? Well, you don't click Hide. You basically just click-and-drag it, and just like we've done this before I want to click the Preferred Name and I'll put the Preferred Name at the top. I'm going to take the Weighted Total. Put the Weighted Total at the very bottom. I am actually going to do the Total, the external grade. By the way, an external grade doesn't mean it's going to be external to Blackboard. So I've now reorganized everything.

I've got my Midterm. Actually, I probably want to take the Midterm and drop it next to the Final. So now I've got an organization where I've got my four term papers, got my 4 quizzes, Midterm, Final, Weighted Grade, and Total all set up. What I need to do now is I need to click Submit and what you're going to see, it doesn't look like I've done anything yet, but I scroll all the way over and I want you to notice that several other things that were here when I first came into the Grade Center are now hidden.

I don't see the Last Access Date. I don't see Availability. I've got my Preferred Name, which I added in the last movie now showing up here, because I dragged it over. In this case, my final grades, the Total and Weighted Totals, are now showing up on the far right-hand side, because that's where I put them. Now a common request from faculty is, how do I hide a column from showing up to my students? For example, I don't want my students to see their total grade. They can see there raw grade, but I don't want them to see the total.

Well, you don't go to Manage Column Organization and hide it there. That just hides it from you. What you do to the right of the column that you want to edit or hide, click the button with the two downward facing chevrons. Remember, that always mean more options or edit. And in this case I'm actually going to go into Edit Column Information. Now I'm actually going to go scroll all the way down and I'm going to say do I want my students to be able to see this? I'm going to say Show this Column to Students and set it to No.

So if you ever want to hide a particular column including the Total and Weighted Grade, what you want to do is go and hide by going to Edit Column Information. So remember to move a column go to Column Organization. To hide a column from student you're going to Edit Column Information, and when you're going to manage column organization, don't forget to click Submit.

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