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How to Calculate Final Grades in Blackboard Learn

Your “Total (External Grade)” column should reflect your course’s final grade. To make sure it’s accurate at the end of the quarter, make sure to follow either of these two options for calculating zeros in your gradebook.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: ‘Zero Out’ Grades for Accurate Final Totals

Remember: Blackboard doesn’t automatically treat ungraded items as zeros, so a “no grade” for an activity doesn’t count against a student.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Browse Adaptive Release Status

Here’s a neat trick to see who in your course can see what content.

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Blackboard Tip: Edit Grade Center ‘Smart Views’

By default, the course control panel (the area below the student-accessible course menu) includes two links — “Assignments” and “Tests” — under the Grade Center > Full Grade Center. Ever wonder what those are for?

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Blackboard Quick Tip: How to See One Student’s Grade Center Data

In the full grade center, you can “hide other rows” to see just one student’s work.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Get Test Data from the ‘Access Log’

Here’s a simple way to get test-taker information, including the “save times” for individual questions.

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Blackboard Tip: How to Run a Grade Report

It’s pretty easy to run Blackboard Learn Grade Center reports, and easy to customize to access the specific information you need.

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Blackboard Tip: See Comments on Assignment Submissions

While reviewing assignment submissions, you may want some more “screen space” to see the document or instructor comments. Here’s how to show a list of comments on a document and how to collapse the course menu to give you more

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Set Up Grade Scales

“ANGEL Letter” is an incorrect grading scale that you shouldn’t use in your course. Here’s how to delete it and build another.

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Blackboard Tip: Download All Submissions to One Assignment

Here’s how to download all the files submitted to one assignment.

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Blackboard Grade Center: Resource Roundup

This week, we held three workshops for hands-on help with the Blackboard Learn Grade Center. If you missed it, here’s a roundup of blog posts covering the topics we talked about.

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Blackboard Tip: Don’t Use ‘ANGEL Letter’!

I’ve had a few calls about inflated grades — grades that shouldn’t, mathematically, be As but do show that way in a given grade center.

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Blackboard Tip: ‘Ignore’ Attempts

We’ve covered clearing blank or duplicate attempts, but that totally deletes the submission from the course history. Instead, try using the ignore attempt method.

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Blackboard Quick Tip: Show the Full Grading and Submission History for all Students

Here’s a neat trick: Run a simple report in your Blackboard gradebook to see a detailed submission history for all students across all activities.

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MCC Instructors: Sign Up For Hands-On Blackboard Grade Center Workshops

IDS is offering the first of our 14/FA Blackboard faculty workshops this week. 

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