Topics in this article include:

Grade Center Overview

Accessing the Grade Center

Creating Grade Center Columns

Automatically Generated Grade Center Columns

Manually Entering Grades

Organizing the Grade Center

Best Practices for Grading in Blackboard

Advanced Grade Center



Grade Center Overview

The Grade Center functions as an online spreadsheet where each row contains the name of one of your students and each column represents an item such as an assignment, test, or calculated grade.



See Navigate Grading for a brief overview of the Grade Center.


Accessing the Grade Center

To access the Grade Center go to the Control Panel and select Grade Center



There are multiple ways to view your Grade Center:

  • Needs Grading: The Needs Grading link allows you to view assignments, test attempts, and any graded discussion posts, blogs, journals, or wikis awaiting grading or review. The Needs Grading page displays all items awaiting grading in the order in which they were submitted.


  • Full Grade Center: The Full Grade Center displays all columns and rows in the Grade Center. It is the default view.


  • Assignments and Tests: The default Assignments and Tests links are Smart Views, which display only the Assignments or Test columns in the Grade Center. To learn more about using Smart Views see Grade Center: Smart Views.




Creating Grade Center Columns

To create a basic Grade Center Column go to the Full Grade Center and select Create Column at the top of the page.


Enter your column name. This is how your column will be titled in the Grade Center as well as your students' My Grades area. Enter an optional description using the Text/Content Editor.


Enter your display information (you may chose to display your grades by score, text, percentage, letter, or complete/incomplete), a category (optional), and the points possible for the item.


In the Options section, choose whether to include the column in the Grade Center calculations, whether to display the grade to students, and whether to show statistics for the column to the students.


Click Submit to create your column. Your new column will appear on the far right of your Full Grade Center.



See Grade Columns to learn more about creating Grade Center columns. 




Automatically Generated Grade Center Columns

If you have created Assignments or Tests, or have enabled grading in other tools (Discussion Board, Blogs, Journals, Wikis, etc.), a Grade Center column was automatically generated.


Assignments

Assignments allow students to view instructions and submit their work in one location. Once an assignment is created, a column is automatically added to the Grade Center where the instructor can review submissions, assign grades, and provide feedback. For more information on Creating Assignments, see Creating and Managing Assignments in myLesley. For more information on Grading Assignments, see Grading myLesley Assignments.


Tests, Surveys, and Pools

myLesley supports a large number of test formats including multiple choice, essay, short answer, calculated numeric, and more, all which may be taken online. You may also wish to collect anonymous student feedback using the Survey feature. For more information on Tests, Surveys, and Pools, see Creating and Managing Tests, Surveys and Pools in myLesley.




Manually Entering Grades

Use the Grade Center to enter grades for your students. Students will then be able to view their grades in the My Grades area of the course.


Please note that all final grades must be entered in LOIS. For information on using LOIS, please see Lois How-To. Please note that you will need to log into the Intranet (using your Lesley username and password) in order to access this page. Issues with LOIS should be sent to the Registrar's Office.


To manually enter a grade in the Grade Center, click on the cell and enter a grade. 


To provide feedback on a manually entered grade, hover your mouse over the cell until a chevron appears. 


Click on the chevron to open a menu. Select Quick Comment.


Enter your feedback in the Feedback to Learner section. Use the Grading Notes section to make any additional notes to yourself about the submission (this will not be visible to the student). 


If you need to provide a lot of feedback or wish to include images, video, links, etc., click the double arrow below the Grading Notes section. This will open a larger window, displaying the full myLesley Text/Content Editor.


Click Submit to send the feedback to the student.


For more information, see Assign Grades. To grade Assignments and provide feedback, see Grading myLesley Assignments.



Organizing the Grade Center 

You may rearrange your Grade Center layout by organizing your columns. 


From the Full Grade Center click Manage and select Column Organization.


This will bring you to the Column Organization section. Here you may change the order of your columns, show/hide columns,or  change a column category. For more information see Organize Grade Center Data.


Additional features for customizing your Grade Center view include:


For more information see Customizing Grading Interface or view the video tutorial below.

 




Best Practices for Grading in Blackboard

As part of the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series, this webinar looks at managing your Grade Center by creating columns, organizing columns, and calculating the final grade. It also show you how grades appear from the student perspective.



Advanced Grade Center

Looking for more advanced topics, such as anonymous grading, delegated grading, creating and deploying rubrics, deleting and clearing grades, exempting grades, working offline with the Grade Center, and more? See Advanced myLesley Grade Center.