Category Archives: Grade Center

Entering Grades Using Inline Grading

To Grade Assignments Using Inline Grading:

Important note: The annotation portion of the inline grading feature only works on assignments created outside of the Blackboard text editor. For example, you will not be able to annotate blog entries, wikis, journals or assignments written inside of Blackboard using the Blackboard text editor. Annotation is possible when a student submits their Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc. document as an attachment.

To use Inline Grading, create an assignment as you normally would. For directions on how to create an assignment in Blackboard, please see the tutorial on assignment creation.

1. Click the Grade Center tab and select “Assignments”,

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2. Click the Full Grade Center and select the assignment that you would like to grade.

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or 3. Click on “Needs Grading” under Grade Center. Select “grade all” to grade everything that has been submitted, or filter to select only some attempts.

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The assignment will open in a reading panel. Select “hide user names” for student anonymity during grading.

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Select the “add comment” button to make the annotation panel appear. Use the tools in the annotation panel to add text, highlight, draw on and comment on a student’s assignment. If a rubric was added to the assignment, it will appear in the Grade box.

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Leave comments in the Grader Feedback section to send a note to the student along with their graded assignment. When finished grading, select “submit” to send the grade back to the student and move on to the next assignment.

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To view an assignment that has been already graded, go to the Grade Center, select the dropdown box located in the grade box. Select “view grade details”. From here review the assignment, re-grade it or clear attempts.

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Adding a Grade Center Column

You can add a grade column for any assignment, test, project, or other part of your grading criteria.

Watch a video on how to manually add a grade center column.

Please note:  Columns for online tests, surveys, assignments (when created using the Assignment feature), and Turnitin Direct Assignments automatically appear in your Grade Center.

To add a basic Grade Center column into which you’ll manually enter student scores, please do the following:

  1. Log into your course site with Edit Mode set On.
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. Click Create Column.
  4. Under Column Information, be sure to enter the Column Name and Points Possible.  You may also choose how you would like the Grade Center column name and actual grade to display.  You may also add a rubric, if desired.
  5. Under Dates, you may choose to set a due date.
  6. Under Options, you may choose whether or not to include the item in Grade Center calculations, display the grade to students (via their My Grades), or show students statistics for the graded item.
  7. Click the Submit button.

Entering Grades

1.Log into your course site.
2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
3. Click on the corresponding cell, type a score, and press Enter on your keyboard.
4. If you need to view a student submission before entering a score, hover your mouse over the corresponding cell, click the arrow that appears, and select View Grade Details.

Adding Comments
To enter a comment:
1.Move the cursor over an entered grade and click the double arrow.
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2. Select Quick Comment
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3.Enter text in Feedback to User textbox to share with the student.
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4.Enter text in Grading Notes text box for reference.
Caution: These notes are available to anyone who has access to Grade Center.
5.Click Submit to save comments.
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Changing How Grades Display (i.e. points, percentages, letters, complete/incomplete)

  1. Log into your course site.
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. Click the arrow that appears to the right of the name of the column, and choose Edit Column Information.
  4. Under Column Information, you can set the primary and secondary display of grades.

Note:  If you choose to display grades as letters, you will need to define what percentages correspond with a letter grade.  To do this:

  1. Return to the Grade Center.
  2. Click Manage > Grading Schemas.
  3. Hover your mouse over Letter, click the arrow that appears, and select Edit.
  4. Modify the percentages to match your scoring.
  5. When finished, click the Submit button.

Downloading the Grade Center

You can export your Grade Center in a spreadsheet format. This will allow you to perform more complicated spreadsheet operations or format for printing. To export your Grade Center,

  1. Log into your course site.
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. Click Work Offline > Download.

  4. Select the Data you want to download.
    Under Options, select Tab and choose whether or not to include hidden information.
    Under Save Location, select My Computer.
    Click the Submit button.
  5. Click the Download button and save the file to your computer.

Uploading Grades

You can upload a comma or tab delimited file into the Grade Center. It works best if you set up your Grade Center online (containing columns for all items to be assessed), download the Grade Center to your computer, fill in student grades, and then upload the grades.

To upload your data:

  1. Log into your course site.
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. Click Work Offline > Upload.
  4. Locate your file.
    Set the Delimiter Type.
    Click the Submit button.
  5. Select which items should be uploaded.
    Click the Submit button.

Retrieving Assignments

You have two options for retrieving submitted assignments. You may a) retrieve them one at a time as students complete them or b) wait until all are finished and retrieve them all at once.

To retrieve assignments one at a time:

  1. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. You will see a green exclamation point in cells for students who’ve submitted their work.  Locate the assignment you want to correct, hover your mouse over that cell, click the arrow that appears, and choose View Grade Details.
  3. Click the Grade Attempt button to the right of the attempt you want to grade (or click View Attempts).
  4. Under Review Current Attempt, click on the link to the student’s document and save the file to your computer.

To retrieve assignments all at once:

  1. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the name of the Assignment Column and choose Assignment File Download.
  3. Check the boxes next to the persons whose assignments you want to download.
  4. Click the Submit button.
  5. On the next page, you will see a link to the assignments that have been packaged. Click on the Download Assignments Now link to save the assignments to your computer. Note: Your computer must be able to open zip files in order to view these assignments. If you do not have this capability, it is recommended that you download each assignment individually.

Returning Corrected Assignments

Once you have assessed a student’s assignment, you can return it to the student for their review.

  1. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Locate the column / row for the assignment you want to return, hover your mouse over the cell, click the arrow that appears, and choose View Grade Details.
  3. Click the Grade Attempt button to the right of the attempt you want to grade (or click View Attempts).
  4. Under Section 3 Grade Current Attempt, enter the grade, add any feedback to the user, and attach the corrected file.  To attach the corrected assignment, click Browse My Computer, select the file, and click Open.
  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. Repeat this process for each student.  The graded assignment will appear for students under Tools > My Grades.

IMPORTANT NOTE: When returning assignments to students, be careful to not upload the documents under Section 4 Instructor Notes.  That section is just intended for you, the instructor, to keep notes for yourself.  Students will not be able to see files or comments posted there.

Viewing and Grading Tests

The online assessment tool grades tests automatically, except for short answer/essay type questions.

For tests that have short answer/essay type questions, users will see an exclamation point (!) in the Grade Center until points are assigned for those questions.

In addition to assigning points for short answer/essay questions, it is also possible to change point values for questions that have been automatically scored.

To assign or change point values:

  1. Log into your course site.
  2. Under the Control Panel, click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. On the Full Grade Center page, you will see each assessment that has been taken by each student.  Hover your mouse over the score for the student assessment you want to grade or view, click the arrow that appears, and choose View Grade Details.
  4. Click the Grade Attempt button for the attempt you want to grade or view.
  5. For each test question, there will be a box that allows you to specify the points earned for that question. It is possible to give more points than the stated maximum.  In addition, you may also add comments to the student in the Feedback to User section.
  6. When you are finished, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save and Exit or Save and Next button.

Viewing a Summary of Class Test Results

To view  a summary of class test results, do the following:

  1. Log into your course site.
  2. Click Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of the name of the assessment you want to view, and choose Attempts Statistics.

    To download the results into a spreadsheet format, click the arrow to the right of the name of the assessment you want to view and choose Download Results.