Review the Student Total Column and Export your Grade Center to Excel

At the end of the semester it is important to ensure that your student grades are calculated correctly within the Blackboard Grade Center, and that you export a copy of the Grade Center for future reference. Watch the video and/or read the text instructions below to learn how.

The Total Column

Running Total – If you have set your Grade Center Total column to Calculate as a Running Total (you selected Yes to this option) you MUST either enter a 0 in each grade column row for assignments a student has not completed or change the Total column Running Total setting to No. Completion of this step will help you avoid situations with angered students who think they are doing better than they are.

Directions to Modify the Totals Column

  1. Enter your Blackboard course
  2. Scroll down to the Control Panel area on the left
  3. Click on Grade Center
  4. Click on Full Grade Center
  5. Click on the drop down arrow in the Total column to right of the heading Total
  6. Select Modify Column
  7. Scroll down to section #3 – Select Columns. Make sure you select No for Calculate as a Running Total
  8. Click Submit

 Or…

  1. Enter a 0 in every cell where a student currently does not have a grade.

Backup/Export your Grade Center and store it in a secure location

It is important to maintain a copy of your grade center.  You may need to refer to it in the future to check a student’s grade and/or respond to a student’s grade appeal.

  1. Enter your Blackboard course
  2. Scroll down to the Control Panel area on the left
  3. Click on Grade Center
  4. Click on Full Grade Center
  5. Click Work Offline (on the right hand side)
  6. Leave all the defaults (Full Grade Center, Tab, Tab) – Click Submit
  7. Click the Download button
  8. Save the resulting file to your computer, and ensure that it is secure.
  • Full time faculty  I suggest using your H: drive (aka home folder/private on campus only network storage).
  • Associate Faculty  store this file in a secure password protected location.

End of Semester Blackboard Tasks for Faculty

The following are important tasks for faculty to complete at the end of each semester in Blackboard.

1.  Grade Center: Review the Student Total Column and Export your Grade Center
At the end of the semester it is important to ensure that your student grades are calculated correctly. Also, export a copy of the grade center to an Excel file so that you have it available for future student grade questions and appeals.

2.  Course Availability:  Make Your Course Unavailable
To restrict students from access to your course, change the availability of each course from on to off.

3.  Archive: Archive your Course
Download your course as a backup with students records for possible future use.

4.  my Courses Module: Rearrange the my Courses Module Display
Change how your courses display within the my Courses module. You can display by term first, and then by course name or you can organize by course name only.

5.  Exporting courses for use in the upcoming semester:
If you are exporting courses from Summer 2015 or later, follow directions found on the Export/Import from Summer15 or Later on Blackboard page. If you are exporting a Spring 15 or earlier course, see the Export/Import for Blackboard Courses from Spring 2015 and Earlier page.

CourseSites by Blackboard

COURSEsites by Blackboard logo

Host your Blackboard Courses Online Free with COURSEsites by Blackboard

With COURSEsites you can:

  1. Create up to 5 course websites, free
  2. Engage students in social learning
  3. Weave multimedia into class content
  4. Assess performance and manage grades
  5. Share open education resources
  6. Teach open courses or MOOCs on the COURSEsites open education platform.

Export a Bb Course from MCC and Import to CourseSites by Blackboard:

Technical Support

Mac Users

Safari:  How to set your browser to download the ZIP file and not unzip/extract it

Safari: How to set your browser to download the ZIP file and not unzip/extract it

Faculty that are trying to download the ZIP file that was produced during a Blackboard course export, downloads as a file folder and not a ZIP file.  An opened ZIP file will not import to Blackboard and will produce the error:

Fatal: A fatal error has occurred. The reason for the error is:

The provided package could not be expanded or contains no file data.
For more information, consult the detailed log.
Status: The operation import did not complete.

This is happens due to a setting in Safari that automatically extracts the contents of a ZIP file when it is downloaded. To  fix this and download the file in an unopened ZIP format:

  1.  Open Safari
  2.  Open the Preferences menu:
    In Mac OS X: Click Safari > Preferences
  3. In the window that opens, click General
  4. Remove the check from the box beside “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading”
  5. Download the file again

Now try the Blackboard import again with the new file.

MAC - Open "safe" Files after downloading

 

 

Start of the Semester Blackboard Tasks

Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester at MiraCosta College.

If you are teaching with Blackboard make your Course Available for student view prior to or on the first day of your class.

Course Content

If you would like to reuse course content you can export it and then import it to the new course.

Sample Students

You have a sample student account on Bb enrolled in each course you teach. This is so that you can experience your course as a student would and test your course content, settings, assignments, exams, etc. Your student account username has –student appended to your usual MCC login (Example: kkorstad-student).

If you need assistance with your password contact the Employee Helpdesk at 760-795-6850.

Have a good start to the semester.

Karen Korstad
Faculty Technology Specialist

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