Blackboard Grade Center Best Practices – Part 2

Best PracticeLast week in this series, we blogged about Column Organization and Feedback within the Grade Center.  This week we will look at three other Best Practices for Grade Center usage in Blackboard Learn.

  • Travel Back in Time with Grade History
  • Due Dates & the Grade Center
  • Grade Center Column Display Names

Travel Back in Time with Grade Center History

Grade Center History The Grade History page acts like a log file that records all of the changes that occur to grades within a course, and displays all the data for grade submissions for the course within a set date range. You can manipulate the view and export the information. Access the Grade History page from the Reports drop-down list on the action bar. Select View Grade History to display the page.

The following columns appear:

Column Description
Date The date you graded the item or changed the grade.
Last Edited By The name of the last user to edit the grade. When clicked, you can view the username and role of the person who edited the grade. If the score appears from an automatically graded test, the name is listed as Automatic.
Value The value of the grade as viewed in the Grade Center as well as the type of value and entry type, such as attempt grade and override grade. If you associated a rubric with the item, you can view it by clicking View Rubric.
Comments Any associated Feedback for User or Grading Notes.

Note: The Grade Center History is especially useful when there is any question of a student’s grade or when multiple attempts at an assessment have taken place.

Due Dates and the Grade Center

bestpracticeiconsmall Assign a Due Date for Each Column
Assigning a Due Date for Grade Center columns populates a student’s calendar with the schedule for the course.  It also leverages Blackboard’s Notification system to remind the student a week before the item is due via e-mail, the Mobile Learn App and the My Blackboard Dashboard.

Note: Looking for a quick way to add a due to Grade Center Items you’ve already created?  Click your mouse on the contextual menu that shows up when you hover over the column name and select Edit Column Information.  You can then add a due date and re-Submit.

Grade Center Column and Display Names

One of the challenges encountered when using the Grade Center is viewing as many graded columns as possible on one screen.  Now we’ve already addressed one way to alleviate this with Smart Views.  However, there is another way to counter the problem with the use of the Grade Center Display Name.

bestpracticeiconsmall Grade Center Display Name
When you create a column or edit a previously created column there is a field for Column name and a field for Grade Center Display Name.  The Grade Center Display Name allows you to create a shortened title that displays in the grade center so that you can view more grade information across multiple Grade Center views.  So, if you created an Assignment called “Assignment 2 – Foundations of Literacy” and realize it is eating up to much space but want to keep the title, just add a Grade Center Display Name of “FOL” to shrink your column width.

Note: To add or change the Grade Center Display name, click your mouse on the contextual menu that shows up when you hover over the column name and select Edit Column Information.  You can then type in a shortened name and re-Submit.


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