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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.
Students do not have access to the Grade Center. Instead, students will access their grades and feedback in the My Grades tool.
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.
- Full Screen Mode:Full Screen mode collapses the side navigation and the top banner, allowing you to see more of the Grade Center on your screen.
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 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.
The Attendance tool allows faculty to easily track attendance within myLesley. This is especially helpful in face-to-face or blended courses. Once the Attendance tool is launched, it will create an Attendance column in the Grade Center, which will provide an overall attendance score. For more information on the Attendance tool, see Track Attendance 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.
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.
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:
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.