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.

Showing a letter grade in the Blackboard Grade Center when a student’s overall score is more than 100%

When students earn more than 100% in a course, due to extra credit, the Blackboard grade center will show a score rather than a letter grade in the total column if primary display letter is selected by the instructor.

This can be fixed so that these high scoring students will see the A+ they deserve.

First go to the Grade Center in Blackboard:

Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center

Then click Manage
Select Grading Schemas

The grading schema Letter will be listed here.

  1.  Click the down arrow to the right of Letter
  2.  Select Edit.

grading schema

Update the top row from 100 to 150 or more.

grading schema 2

Click the Submit button.

Now students earning more than 100% in the class will see the A+ letter grade.