Setting up your grading breakdown in the Grade Center
Step 1: Simplifying the default grading center setup
You may not know it, but as soon as you built a quiz, Blackboard creates a grade column for it in the Grade Center. Let’s take a look. In your home office, the Course Management section of the navigation panel, click on "Grade Center," then on "Full Grade Center." First give this Full Grade Center more real estate by hiding the navigation menu on the left. Hover your cursor over just outside of the right margin of this menu then click on the sliding arrow that appears towards the 4th or 5th menu item: Voilà, you just hid it. [BEEP]
Take a look at the columns and note that you may need to use the scroll bar underneath to see all: Last Name, First Name, Username, Student ID, Last Access, Availability, Weighted Total, Total and at the very end, a grading column for the Syllabus Quiz you have created.
Here is how you can simplify the Grade Center’s look, how you can hide not so useful columns from view, and how you can make columns unavailable to students. At the end you’ll see how you can undo mistakes you may have made in the process.
The “Student ID” column is not useful: Click on the action button on the right of the “Student ID” and choose “Hide from Instructor View”. [BEEP] The “Last Access Column” may not seem useful at first, but as the semester evolves, the last time students accessed the course site can be an indicator of their engagement. We recommend you keep it. Now look at the “Total” column. It represents the total number of points a student earned but it does not include any weighting. As such it is not very useful to students or to you, so… Click on the action button to the right of the column, scroll down and click on “Edit Column Information”, then, leaving all as is, scroll down to Options and say no to “Show this column to students” Click "Submit." [BEEP] Now, click a second time on the action button on the right of the column, scroll down and toggle on “Hide from Instructor View.” [BEEP] Back in the Full Grade Center, rest your mouse on the red forward slash in the icon on the left of the column to verify your setting.
Before we move to step 2, here is what to do when you mistakenly hid a column from instructor view. In the action bar—note that you might have to scroll up to see it--, go to “Manage” and select “Column Organization” from the drop down. [BEEP] Click the check boxes on the left of the columns you want to show and click the Show/Hide button on the top or bottom of the page. [BEEP] Note that you can also move your columns around and re-order them with the drag symbol. We’ll have some fun with that in Step 3. First, let’s move on to Step 2.