Grade Center – Letter Grades

Vendor Documentation: Customizing the Grade Center

Letter Grades (or “Grading Schemas”)

Grading Schemas, or what we commonly refer to as a Grading Scales, are used to tell Blackboard how a letter grade maps to a numeric score (ex. A+ = 97-100, etc.), and vice-versa. Schemas may also be used for custom grade mapping. For example, one can create an assignment in a Blackboard course and assign a “grade” of “S+” (Satisfactory Plus), “S” (Satisfactory) and “U” (Unsatisfactory).

Warning: BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL if editing a grading schema during the semester because changes will also change other calculated columns, and, possibly, grades in other columns. Setting up your schemas BEFORE the start of the semester is always the best.

To create a grading schema:

  1. Login to your Blackboard course.
  2. Click on Full Grade Center in your course’s Control Panel.
  3. Click on the MANAGE menu and choose Grading Schemas from the choices.
  4. Then, click on the CREATE GRADING SCHEMA button.
  5. Add a descriptive NAME for your Schema.
  6. Add a DESCRIPTION for your Schema (this will show when viewing the whole list of schemas available to choose from).
  7. Lastly, begin mapping out your new letter and numeric grades.
  8. When finished setting up your Schema, click the SUBMIT button.Notice in the example below that there are two areas to a Grading Schema: the left-side (Grades Scored Between … Will Equal) shows the numeric range and the equivalent letter grade, and the right-side (Grades Manually Entered as … Will Calculate as) shows the letter grade and asks for its numeric equivalent. A Grading Schema works for BOTH the entering of numeric or letter grades.

To apply a grading schema to a column:

Once you have created a schema, you then need to apply it to one or more of your Grade Center columns so that you can grade by it.

  1. Login to your Blackboard course.
  2. Click on Full Grade Center in your course’s Control Panel.
  3. Click on the Downward Chevrons icon for the column where you want to assign the new schema and choose EDIT COLUMN INFORMATION. Note: If you set-up any new graded activity in Blackboard, you may also assign the new schema to it while setting it up.
  4. From the Drop-down menu next to PRIMARY DISPLAY, choose your newly create Grading Schema. In the example below, note the new Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory schema that was created in the steps earlier in this documentation.
  5. Click on the SUBMIT button when you are finished making your changes. Your new schema will then be applied to the grading of the column/activity.

To edit a schema:

Warning: BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL if editing a grading schema during the semester because changes will also change other calculated columns, and, possibly, grades in other columns. Setting up your schemas BEFORE the start of the semester is always the best.

  1. Login to your Blackboard course.
  2. Click on Full Grade Center in your course’s Control Panel.
  3. Click on the MANAGE menu and choose Grading Schemas from the choices.
  4. Click on the Downward Chevrons icon next to the Schema you’d like to edit.
  5. Make your edits and CLICK SUBMIT when you are finished.

To copy a schema:

  1. Once created, Grading Schemas can be copied and used again.
  2. Point to Manage on the Action Bar of the Grade Center; select Grading Schemas from the Action Link menu.
  3. Find the Grading Schema to copy and select Copy from the schema’s contextual menu. The copied Grading Schema appears on the list with a number appended to the name. Copied Grading Schemas may be edited by using the steps in the section above.

To delete a schema:

Instructors may delete the default Grading Schema only if they have made modifications to it. Instructors may delete any Grading Schemas they created as long as the schemas are not in use. Grading Schemas currently in use do not have a Delete button.

Warning: Removing a Grading Schema cannot be undone and is permanent.

  1. Point to Manage on the Action Bar of the Grade Center and select Grading Schemas from the Action Link menu.
  2. Find the Grading Schema to delete and select Delete from the schema’s contextual menu.
  3. Click OK.

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