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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.
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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