Blackboard Advanced: Taming the Blackboard Grade Center
Whether you teach in the classroom or online, students are becoming accustomed to having their grades available to view 24/7 in Blackboard. Properly setting up the Grade Center to do your bidding requires some forthought and planning! There are also several additional features and tricks that can simplify your life as well.
While the Grade Center isn't perfect for everyone (some instructor's methods of grading simply don't jive with how Blackboard's Grade Center works), it can be a powerful tool.
In this session, you'll learn about:
- Keeping the Grade Center tidy (organization tips)
- Determining & deleting unnecessary columns; reordering columns
- Best way to override grades
- Using categories
- Looking at the grades from the student's point-of-view
- Using color to highlight certain grades in the Grade Center for easier tracking of low-performing students
- Learning how to work with weights for easy end-of-semester final grade calculations
- Running total vs. non-running total: which is best to show students?
- ...and more! Bring your questions, scenarios, and grading policies to see if it will work with Grade Center!
The Grade Center is no where near perfect, but if properly utilized, it can practically eliminate student inquiries about their grades and save you time at the end of the semester.
East Carolina University
Erwin Building, room 210
Michael B. Dixon, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Office of Technology and DE Services