Blackboard Grade Center Overview

The Grade Center in Blackboard Learn is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing you to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress

To access the Grade Center, “expand” the Control Panel tab (Control Panel tab is not viewable by students). Click on Grade Center tab to “expand” the other views available (Blackboard 9.1 now has pre-defined Smart Views):

  • Needs Grading displays all the items that have been submitted for grading or review by students
  • Full Grade Center displays all the columns that are included in the Grade Center
  • Assignments displays only those items that have assigned category of "Assignments"
  • Tests displays only those items that have been assigned category of "Tests"

Grade Center rows are created for every registered students (last name, first name, username) and columns in the Grade Center are automatically created when you add an assessment item such as a test; graded assignment; graded discussion board; or graded journal. Note: you can also create a Grade Center column manually, for instance if you wanted to add an Extra Credit column

One important thing to remember is that the Grade Center; unlike other options in Blackboard is not just a web page it is full web application (best analogy would be an on-line version of Microsoft Excel) so it may take a few seconds to a minute to open depending on the number of students or graded items in the center.

Bb Grade Center Overview

Below is an archived session that explains the general features of Blackboard's Grade Center or you can download the PDF instructions (link below)

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