Grade Center – Grading On-line

Videos: Grading Assessments Question by Question“; “Anonymous Grading“; “Viewing Grade Details
Vendor Documentation: Assign Grades

Information on this Page:

Conducting Anonymous Grading

Anonymous grading is a way of assessing your students’ written assignments without seeing their names attached to their work. Try using anonymous grading if you want to evaluate student submissions without associating the work with the person.

To use anonymous grading:

  1. On your Course Site, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Locate the column you wish to grade, click the Options button , and then click Grade Anonymously.
  3. In the Review Current Attempt section, review the student’s assignment attempt.
  4. In the Grade box, type the grade you wish to give the student. Provide feedback, if needed.
  5. In the Instructor’s Notes section, leave any notes for yourself or other instructors on the grade.
  6. To save the current student’s grade and finish, click Save and Exit. To save the current student’s grade and move on to the next student, click Save and Next.

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Grading Assessments Question by Question

If you have a course with many students, and you administer assessments that have both auto-graded questions (true/false, multiple choice, etc.) AND essay questions, then you will have to grade those open-ended assessment questions manually. Blackboard 9.1 makes it easy for you, or your T.A.s, to grade all essay questions in the assessment in one area. You can even grade those types of questions anonymously.

To Grade Assessments Question by Question:

  1. In your course, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Click on the option chevron  for the Assessment that you want to grade, question by question.
  3. Choose Grade Questions from the option menu for that assessment.
  4. You will then see a list of questions that need grading on the assessment. Check the “Grade Responses Anonymously” box if you wish to grade the essay questions without seeing the user’s name.
  5. Then, click on the number under the Responses column to bring up all responses to that particular question. Alternatively, you may also choose to filter the list of questions shown by clicking on the “Filter Questions by Status” drop-down menu. You may choose “Graded,” “Needs Grading” and “In Progress” for that filter.
  6. You will then see a list of response attempts.
  7. Click on the Edit link to the right of each attempt to add feedback and a score.
  8. You will need to click the Submit button for each score/response that you complete.
  9. Lastly, move down the list of response attempts and score/response accordingly.

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Grading Objective Questions in Quizzes

To grade only the objective questions in a quiz:

  1. On your Course Site, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Choose “grade questions” from the Options button (the chevron) next to that item in the grade center.
  3. Then filter the questions by choosing “needs grading” from the filter questions pop-up. This will not only show you just the essay questions, but it will also only show you the examples from students who have completed the test.
  4. Then, you can quickly go through each student response, assign credit to the question and move on to the next student without leaving this page.

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The Discussion Grader

This tool allows you to view and assess students’ participation in discussion board forums. In order to use the Discussion Grader, you need to have created the forum you intend to assess.

To grade a discussion board forum:

  1. On your Course Menu, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussion Board, click the Forum you wish to grade. NOTE: Grading must be enabled on the forum.
  3. At the forum’s page, click Grade Forum. You will see the Grade Forum Users page.

To grade a discussion board thread:

  1. On your Course Menu, click Discussions.
  2. On the Discussion Board, click the forum you wish to grade. NOTE: You must have set up grading a thread when you set up your forum.
  3. On the thread you wish to grade, click Grade Thread. You will see the Grade Thread Users page.
  4. Next to the student you wish to grade, click Grade.
  5. Review the student’s posting information, and then click Edit Grade.
  6. Under Current Grade Value, type the student’s grade. This will be a number out of the amount you selected when you created the forum.
  7. Under Feedback, type any feedback you wish to give the student.
  8. Under Grading Notes, type any notes you wish to give yourself about the student’s grade.
  9. Click Save Grade, and then click OK.
  10. You can then move to other student postings on the thread via the Contributors box under the Thread Grade box.

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Using the Filter and Jump to Command

To Use the Filter Menu in the Grade Center:

  1. On your course, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Then, click on the Filter Menu item.
  3. You can then choose to filter your Grade Center by Category (by type of assignment), or by Status (needs grading, etc.).

To Use the Jump command:

While viewing an individual user’s grade book, you can opt to use the Jump to … menu to navigate between users and assignments.

To Jump to another student’s grade book, or assignment:

  1. On your course, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Then, click on one of your student’s names.
  3. To move between students and assignments, click on the Jump to … menu in the upper-right.
  4. Lastly, choose either the User Drop-down menu or the Column menu to navigate between users and assignments.

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Emailing from the Grade Center

To Send an Email:

You can send an email message to selected users from your Grade Center.

  1. Select the students in the list by clicking on the box on the left side of each name.
  2. Point to Email in the Action Bar.
  3. Click on the choice of either the students or the observer of those students, or both sets of people.

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Viewing Grade Details

When viewing grade details, you can see feedback you have left for the student, grading notes, and the user’s activity related to the grade (blog post, new wiki entry, etc.).

To view grade details:

  1. On your Course Site, under the Control Panel, click Grade Center, and then click Full Grade Center.
  2. Point to a grade, and then click the Options button. 
  3. From the Options menu, click View Grade Details.
  4. You will see the Grade Details screen.

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Sharing Grades with Students

 

Instructors can choose to hide a grade from appearing on the student’s My Grades tool.

  1. On your course site, click on the Grade Center > Full Grade Center under your Control Panel.
  2. Click on the Option Chevron for the Column you want to hide.
  3. Choose Show/Hide to Students from the options. Your Column will then have indicate that the column is hidden via the hidden icon at the top of the column.

 

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Using the Needs Attention Module

The Notifications Dashboard is a sub-tab found under the My Blackboard tab that can be used to help students, and faculty, keep track of course activities. The Notifications Dashboard contains four default modules: Alerts, Needs Attention, To Do, and “What’s New.”

  • The ‘alerts’ module displays notifications of past due and early warning items for all the courses relevant to the user.
  • The ‘needs attention’ module displays items in all the courses in which the user is enrolled that require attention.
  • The ‘to do’ module displays the status (Past Due/Due) of relevant course work and tasks.
  • The ‘what’s new’ module displays a list of new items in all relevant courses.

These, and other modules, pull from different course items such as content items, course information, assignments, assessments, blog entries, surveys, journal entries, discussion board posts, grade changes, early warning system rules, group information and announcements.

You can customize the Notifications Dashboard page by using the Add Module and Personalize Page buttons on the Action Bar.

  1. To add more modules, select the Add Module button on the Action Bar.
  2. In the Add Module page, select the modules you wish to add to your Notifications Dashboard page
  3. Then, select Submit to finish.

Note: To change the color scheme of your Notifications Dashboard page, select the Personalize Page button on the Action Bar of the Notifications Dashboard page. In the Personalize: Notifications Dashboard page, select the color scheme you like best (scroll down to see all of the color schemes) and then select Submit to finish.

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