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In Blackboard 9 Essential Training for Students, Patrick Crispen shows how to get up and running on day one of class and start finding and logging into courses, submitting assignments and importing files, and taking tests. The course also shows how classmates and work groups can communicate in Blackboard with group assignments and email.
Your instructor may or may not post grades to Blackboard. It's completely up to your instructor. But if the grades are in Blackboard, how do you view them? If you log into Blackboard, under tools there may be a link to My Grades. If you click on My Grades, you will see every course in which you're enrolled, and if you click on the name of your course, you will be taken to the Gradebook for that particular course. If on the My Institution tab there isn't a link to My Grades, you can actually get into the course, and then under Tools click on My Grades.
Some instructors also put a My Grades link on the Course menu itself, but in this case I am going to click on My Grades and this takes me into the Gradebook for this particular course. This information is completely private. You can only see your own grades, not the grades of other students, and other students cannot see your grades. They are safe. We've got a table here with some columns. The first column is the name of the particular item. I've got the Weighted Total and the Total, and then finally the individual things in my course for which I'm getting a grade. The Details button, if I click on that, it actually just gives me some information that the instructor entered when the instructor created this particular item.
The next column over from that is Last Student Activity. It just shows me the last time I interacted with that particular item. For example, I submitted my Mobile Learning Paper at 11:13 AM. The next column over is going to show me the last time that the instructor interacted with that. It may be the date and time that the instructor graded that particular item and that's what happened here. The next column, that's the important column. It shows me the grades. So I've got my Total Grade. I've got 200 out of 300. That's Points Possible in the column to the right.
I can see for my Mobile Learning Paper I've got 95 out of 100. Actually I got a pretty good comment from the instructor there. I feel good about that. I've got 10 out of a 100 on Test 1. That's not good. 95 out of a 100 for Quiz 2. An exclamation mark, what does that mean? Well, we'll talk about that in a minute. Let me show you something. I want to go back to my Mobile Learning Paper. Notice that the Mobile Learning Paper, it's blue and underlined. That's a hyperlink. If I click on that, it actually takes me to my Submission History and shows me not only my grade, but any feedback my instructor has given to me, including a return of my paper marked up.
Some instructors will return assignments in Blackboard through the My Grades tool and this is how you view it. Let me go back now to My Grades, and I've got Test 1, and I notice that I've got 10 out of a 100. That's terrible. Let me click on this and see what's going on. I'm not getting much information here, but notice under Calculated Grade it says 10 and I can click on this. Now, depending on how the instructor has set this up, I might get a lot of information when I click on this or just a little. In this case the instructor shows me, not only the complete test that I took, it shows me the correct answers, shows me my answers, and even gives me some feedback.
The instructor could choose any or all of those things. So you might just see that you've got a certain number wrong or you might just see the incorrect answer, but not the correct answer. It's up to the Instructor. But I can now review this as I prepare for my next test and say oh, I need to reread something to get ready for my next test. Let me scroll back, click on OK, get back to the Grade Center, click on OK one more time, and I'm now back to My Grades. So that's pretty much the Grade Center, except for that green exclamation mark.
What the heck does that mean? Well, if I click on the Icon Legend down here on the bottom left-hand corner, it shows me that the exclamation mark means Needs Grading. Doesn't mean that I have to do anything. It just means that I've turned in my second paper, but the instructor hasn't actually graded it yet. So we just have to keep checking back until my instructor grades it. By the way, how do you view your final grade, the grade that goes on your official transcript? Well, at many institutions Blackboard is not the official gradebook of record.
At those institutions your final transcript grade may not be posted to Blackboard at all, but will instead be posted to your institution's student portal or Records Office website. Remember, your transcript contains all of the official end of term grades for each course you have ever taken at your institution. Check with your instructor, your institution's registrar, or your institution's helpdesk if you have any questions about viewing your official final grades. How do you access individual assignment grades from previous academic terms? If the course is still on Blackboard, access the course.
You can click on the hyperlink under My Courses or you can click on My Grades, and it should show up there. However, if the course is no longer on Blackboard, you're going to need to contact the course's instructor directly. How do you correct a grading mistake in Blackboard? Let me click on this and let's say that I just absolutely think that this 10 is not right. I think the instructor has made a mistake here. First, don't take the grading mistake personally. Instructors sometimes make grading mistakes. It just happens. Second, don't contact your institution's helpdesk.
The content of your course, including your grades, is handled by your instructor. So if there is a grading issue, contact your instructor immediately, not the helpdesk. And if you're unable to get in touch with your instructor, check your institution's student handbook for tips on how to handle grade disputes or challenges. If you need to submit something late, contact your instructor first and see if he or she will let you do that.
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