Blackboard Quick Tip: Calculate Grades as Running Total

A few instructors have asked me where to find the equivalent of ANGEL’s “treat ungraded items as zero” gradebook feature.

Blackboard doesn’t have exactly the same approach, but if you want your students to, essentially, start their quarter with a zero grade and work their way up, you can turn “calculate as running total” off in your total/final grade column.

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Just go to the Full Grade Center and edit column information for this (or any other calculated) column. Personally, I think it makes more sense to keep this on (select “yes”), but, to keep that total accurate throughout the quarter, it does mean that the instructor has to go in and give zeros to students who don’t turn anything in for a given activity.

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Alex is online course support technician at IDS, working to support all online, hybrid and LMS-enhanced instructors and students in using Blackboard and several media servers. She's also the administrator for the MCC Blogs network. You can reach her at acgarrison@mccneb.edu.

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4 comments on “Blackboard Quick Tip: Calculate Grades as Running Total
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