Grade Center



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The Grade Center Interface

The Grade Center resembles a spreadsheet. Each row is populated by a user in your course and each column includes information for an item, such as an assignment, test, graded blog entry, or survey. You can also use columns to calculate grades. You can provide grades and comments directly on the Grade Center page, on the Grade Details page, and from a tool, such as the discussion board.
You are able to customize your view of the Grade Center and create grading schemas, grading periods, categories, and columns to present and gather the information you need.


About the Grade Center- Blackboard Help



Video Overview of Grading Assignments in myCourses





Accessing the Full Grade Center

The Full Grade Center link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center and is the default view of the Grade Center. You access the Grade Center from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Center section to display the links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Center, and the Smart Views. Click the right-pointing arrow next to the Grade Center heading to go directly to the Full Grade Center.

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About the Needs Grading Page

The Needs Grading link allows you to view individual assignment, group assignment, and test attempts, as well as blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts ready for grading or review. You can view individual assignments, group assignments, and test attempts, as well as blog and journal entries, wiki page saves, and discussion posts ready for grading or review all on the Needs Grading page. For courses with many enrolled students and gradable items, you can use the information and functions on the Needs Grading page to determine and organize your grading tasks. If you have a designated turnaround time set for all gradable items, the Needs Grading page allows you to customize the view of items with a needs grading status. You can sort and filter the list, allowing you to grade the most urgent items first.

Accessing the Needs Grading Page


Access the Needs Grading page in the Grade Center section of the Control Panel.

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A. Click Grade All on the action bar to begin grading and reviewing immediately. The Grade All function places all attempts in a queue for easy navigation among items. The items in the queue appear in the order they appear on the Needs Grading page.Tests with a grading status of Attempt in Progress do not appear on the Needs Grading page.

B. Sort columns to organize your list. To sort a column, click the column heading or caret. The sorted list remains in effect until you change it or log out. The following columns appear on the Needs Grading page:Apply filters to narrow the list by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. If you apply a filter, only the filtered items appear in the list and in the queue. For example, make selections in both the Category and User drop-down lists to display tests submitted by a particular user. Click Go to display the filtered items on the Needs Grading page. The filtered list remains in effect until you edit the filter choices or log out. Click the X to collapse the Filter field.
  • Category: Sort attempts to group all assignments or tests together.
  • Item Name: Sort attempts by alphabetical order or reverse alphabetical order.
  • User Attempt: Sort attempts by a student's name. The number of attempts for the item is listed in parentheses. For example: "Mary Johnson (Attempt 1 of 2)." Click a user's name to go directly to the attempt.
  • Date Submitted: Sort attempts by the date and time students submitted the attempts. You may find this useful when a large number of attempts must be graded by a specific deadline.
  • Due Date: If you provided a due date when the item was created, sort attempts by due date and grade items that are due first.

C. Apply filters to narrow the list by Category, Item, User, and Date Submitted. If you apply a filter, only the filtered items appear in the list and in the queue. For example, make selections in both the Category and User drop-down lists to display tests submitted by a particular user. Click Go to display the filtered items on the Needs Grading page. The filtered list remains in effect until you edit the filter choices or log out. Click the X to collapse the Filter field.
D. The Total number of items to grade appears above the list items. After you grade attempts, they do not appear on the Needs Grading page and the number of items updates to reflect the current number that needs to be graded. If you filter the list, the number reflects how many items match the current filter settings. For example, "12 of 17 total items match current filter."

E. Access an item's contextual menu and make a selection. For assignments, you can select Grade All Users or Grade Anonymously. For tests, you can also select Grade by Question and View Attempts. Interactive items such as blogs, journals, wikis, and discussion posts, which can be set to go into needs grading status after a certain number of activities, also have the option to Reset All, which clears that activity counter and moves the item out of Needs Grading status. A total number of attempts for the selected item is listed in parentheses. For interactive tools such as blogs, journals, wikis, and discussions, you can determine how many entries or posts users must make before an item goes into needs grading status. For these items, you can Reset All to clear the activity counter and move the item out of needs grading status. The total number of attempts for the selected item is listed in parentheses.
F. Click Show All to display up to 1,000 items on one page. Click Edit Paging to change the number of items to view per page.

Working With Calculated Columns(Atomic Learning Tutorials)


Rubrics

A rubric lists evaluation criteria for an assignment. Rubrics in myCourses can help students organize their efforts to meet the requirements of an assignment. Instructors can use rubrics to explain their evaluations to students and imediately clarify any and all assignment expectations. Instructors can choose to display an assignment rubric to students before they submit, after the assignment is graded, or not at all.

About Rubrics
Rubrics are made up of rows and columns. The rows correspond to the various criteria of an assignment while the columns correspond to the level of achievement expressed for each criterion. A description and point value for each cell in the rubric defines the evaluation and score of an assignment.

Video - How to Create a Rubric for Grading Student Work

From the Grade Center, you can associate rubrics with any column and view them during the grading process.

Exporting and Importing
Rubrics can be exported and imported with myCourses. To copy rubrics to your computer or the Content Collection to use them in other courses, use the rubric export and import features. To export, select the check box next to the rubric name and click Export on the action bar. Next, select the destination for the export. To import, click Import Rubric on the action bar and navigate to the ZIP file.

The ID Team is more than happy to help assist you with creating, organizing, or managing your rubrics for myCourses. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions. Contact us at ithelp.umassd.edu.



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