Tutorial & FAQs: Gradebook
Gradebook Features: Blackboard will automatically grade and record the score for any assessment or assignment created in the Blackboard format. Additional columns can be added to the online gradebook for assignments graded outside the Blackboard system. We advise faculty to periodically back up their gradebook data by exporting their gradebook spreadsheet to an external program.
New Features: Our current version of Blackboard also allows for uploading spreadsheet files into the online gradebook. Grades can now be displayed as number, letter or percentage grades. Faculty can sort, categorize and filter users and assignments by a variety of options. While the weighting system has been revised from the 5.5 version, the same problems are inherent in the way the system calculates weighted grades. Please read the documentation by NIU Testing Services about the problems with weighting in the Blackboard gradebook.
Control Panel > Assessment > Gradebook
Important: Do not correct or edit grades directly from the spreadsheet. Click on underlined item name, student name or grade listed to modify information. The instructor can then edit the grade information from a text box that will update the spreadsheet after the change is submitted.
Enter gradebook and click on underlined item title, such as
When an assessment has been deployed, an instructor can track students' status regarding the test. The following chart explains the symbols displayed in the gradebook. The check mark indicates the student completed a survey.
Only two of the symbols require special action:
Periodically during the semester, it is prudent to download the Blackboard gradebook as a backup. The gradebook will be a CSV (comma delimited) file that can be opened in Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
Faculty who maintain a spreadsheet gradebook outside Blackboard can now upload their grades into the Blackboard spreadsheet. The upload feature requires that both the Excel (or preferred spreadsheet) and the Blackboard spreadsheet have the same student names listed. Errors will occur if the names are not identical.
How can I give my students access to view their grades?
Enable View Grades in the Control Panel: Control Panel > Course Options > Manage Course Menu > Tools > Modify > click the enable option for View Grades > Submit your changes.Tutorial
Why are my students able to view most of their grades but not their grade on one, particular assignment?
Instructors can hide or reveal grades on individual assignments through the gradebook. If one particular grade is not displayed to students, enter the gradebook and check the availability of that assignment: click on the underlined title of the item > Item Information > Make item visible to students: select Yes or No >. Be certain to Submit any changes. Tutorial
Is there a way to check statistics for individual assignments and assessments?
Blackboard records statistics for all assignments created within the system. To view the records: Control Panel > Assessment > Gradebook > click on underlined item title > Item Detail. Item-by-item statistics are available under Assessment Attempt Details.
How do I change the point values of assignments?
Occasionally, point values on assignments and assessments are altered during the course copy process. To edit the point value of an assignment, enter the gradebook and click on the underlined title of the item you wish to modify. Select Item Information and change the point value. Submit your changes. Tutorial
Why should we avoid using the weighted grade options Blackboard provides?
NIU Testing Services reports that Blackboard uses a simplistic approach to weighting grades that will result in inaccurate totals unless all items being weighted have the same point value. Their documentation explains and illustrates the problems with the weighting system. Click here to read their findings: NIU Testing Services report on weighting.
Can I assign variant values to letter grades for different assignments?
Yes. The instructor can set up several different grading scales under Gradebook Settings > Manage Display Options. She can then select the appropriate scale when defining item information for each assignment. Tutorial
Will Blackboard allow me to exclude a column from the grade total?
Yes. From the Control Panel enter the gradebook and click on the underlined title of the item to exclude. Click on Item Information and check the NO button in front of the option to Include item in gradebook score calculations. Submit.
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