The Blackboard Learn Grade Center works pretty much as you might set one up in Excel; names of enrolled students automatically appear, each in a row, with columns for student information and grades. Any graded object, such as an assignment or quiz, automatically gets a column. Moving beyond these basics, however, is not so obvious. This article will walk you through setting up a typical course grade book. It will not be exactly like your course, but the principles will be the same.
Let us imagine a course with six quizzes, five reaction papers, four graded discussions, one project and a final exam. We have specified in the syllabus that the final grade will be based on:
By following the steps below we can set up the Grade Center so that it will generate a final grade for each student, without expending a keystroke in Excel.
Tip: If your Column Name is long, use a shortened version for the Grade Center Name. For example, you might use "RPaper 2" as the Grade Center Name for "Reaction Paper 2", so that the numeral "2" in the column header is not cut off.
Tip: While you can select each column to average when creating a calculated column, it is possible to generate the average for every column of a certain type or "category." All Learn tests are automatically given the "test" category. When creating an average, by selecting the category instead of the individual columns, we also have the option of dropping the lowest score.
Tip 2: If the Final Exam also has the category of "test" but should not be averaged in with the quizzes, we can create a new category of "Quiz" and apply it just to the quizzes. To do so, click the Manage button and select Categories. Create a new category called "Quiz" and submit. Then apply the "Quiz" category to each Quiz column by choosing Edit Column Information from the context menu at the top of each Quiz column, selecting the desired category and submitting.
Tip: Create your own letter grade schema through Manage – Grading Schemas.