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Uploading student grades

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In our last movie, we downloaded the Blackboard Grade Center. What I've done for the past couple of minutes is I've actually added scores for all my students for Quiz #1 and just to be dangerous, I created a new column. Remember that if you create a new column here in Excel instead of Blackboard, when you upload it, Blackboard is going to create a text column. So this is actually not going to be a score of 90. It's going to be text of 90. It's not going to count. I'll show you how to fix that, but the best way to fix it is to create the column in Blackboard in the first place and download it there.

Uploading student grades

In our last movie, we downloaded the Blackboard Grade Center. What I've done for the past couple of minutes is I've actually added scores for all my students for Quiz #1 and just to be dangerous, I created a new column. Remember that if you create a new column here in Excel instead of Blackboard, when you upload it, Blackboard is going to create a text column. So this is actually not going to be a score of 90. It's going to be text of 90. It's not going to count. I'll show you how to fix that, but the best way to fix it is to create the column in Blackboard in the first place and download it there.

But if you want to live life on the edge, let me show you how to fix it. And when I do, Internet Explorer is going to yell at me. It's going to say, "You keep calling this in Excel file and you really need to stop doing that, because this is really just a tab delimited file. Stop saying it's an Excel file!" I said no, I'm going to keep calling this an Excel file even though it's tab delimited. Again, this is a file that I've downloaded from Blackboard. I'm now going to go to Blackboard and, oh no, over on the left-hand side, my Course menu is gone. Blackboard is broken! No. Remember, if you are ever in your Grade Center and needs some extra room, you can hide your Course menu.

To get it back, just click on the Show Course menu. So if you're in the Grade Center and you don't see a menu on the left-hand side, don't panic. That's normal. In this case I'm going to scroll over. Click on Work Offline and now I'm going to upload my Grade Center. Click on Upload. It's going to ask me to browse for the file. Remember the second Browse box allows me to search either the content collection or course files area, but this is actually on my computer. So I'm going to click on the first Browse button and attach a local file.

It's up on my desktop. So there's the file. I'm going to click on Open. Because I downloaded the file from Blackboard, made the changes in Excel, saved it and uploaded it, Blackboard is actually going to recognize all of the columns except for that new one. In fact, when I go and click on this, it's going to say, "Oh look, I've got a whole bunch of new grades here and hey, I got a new column." It's not going to make any other changes. It's just basically saying I'm going to change the Quiz 1 column and the NEWCOLUMN. Blackboard is smart enough to read that file and say "Oh, I see new values here" and it's actually going to create a new column.

So when I click on Submit, it'll actually upload it and then take me to the Grade Center. Since I added a new score column, new score columns are always added to the far right-hand side. First of all, we can see all the grades correctly uploaded. It shows you the raw score and because we have the display settings here to show percentage, it's showing that as well. I want to keep scrolling all the way over and there is the NEWCOLUMN and it sure does look like it gave my students a score of 90.

But no, it actually gave the students the word 90. It doesn't count towards the students grades. In this case, it won't count in the weighted total until I go and add it to the weighted total. It will show up in the Total column now. In this case, I'm going to go and click on Edit Column Information. Remember how I said that when you create a column outside of Blackboard and uploaded it, it's going to come in and say Text? Well that's what I'm showing you right here. I'm going to change this from a Text to a Score and I can try to choose the Secondary Display as Percentage, but it may not actually do that.

Let's give it a shot. when I submit, I might actually get an error message and now I have to say how many point this is worth. So it's worth 100 points. Scroll down and then click on Submit and it's going to say, "You know, I'm about to do some conversions for you. If I can't convert it, I'm just going to display to 0." In this case, since we're just transcoding the word 90 into the number 90. That's perfectly fine It should work fine.

And yeah, it did. So 90.00. So to upload a Blackboard Grade Center file from your computer to Blackboard and it's a Grade Center file you've already downloaded, get into your Grade Center, click on Work Offline, and then click Upload. Blackboard will automatically enter the scores and if you created any new columns, Blackboard will create the column. However, it's going to create that new column as a text column. You need to go into Edit Column Information and change the display from Text to Score.

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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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