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Blackboard 9.1 FAQ


Managing Grade Book


  • How do I create a category?
  • How do I assign grade center columns to a category?
  • How do I drop the lowest grade(score-not percentage)?
  • How do I create a weighted total column?
  • How do I create an extra credit column in my grade center?
  • How do I include an extra credit column in the total column?


  • How do I create a category?

    A category is a classification of grade center columns and it can be used to manage grade center effectively. Instructors can use it to compare student performance in a category, create smart views, and create weighted columns to drop the lowest score of a set of quizzes or assignments. The default categories are: assignment, blog, discussion, journal, self and peer, survey, and test. Other categories such as participation, homework, attendance, lab etc. can be created.
    • Click Grade Center < Full Grade Center>.
    • Mouse over the Manage button and choose Categories.

    • Click Create Category.

    • Enter a name.

    • Enter a description.

    • Click Submit.

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  • How do I assign grade center columns to a category?

    • Click Grade Center < Full Grade Center>.

    • Mouse over the Manage button and choose Column Organization.

    • Select the column(s) that you would like to assign to a new category by checking the check boxes in front of the columns.

    • Mouse over Change Category to button, and choose the category to wish to assign the column(s) to.

    • Click Submit.

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  • How do I drop the lowest grade (score-not percentage)?

    • Click Grade Center <Full Grade Center>.

    • Mouse over the Create Calculated Column button and choose Weighted Column.
    • Enter a column name, e.g. Quiz Total.

    • Choose Score from the drop-down menu for Primary Display.
    • Select a category that includes all the quizzes in this category. You must assign all the quizzes to this category to use this feature.
    • Click the arrow > to add this category to the column.
    • Enter 100% and leave the Weight Columns set to Equally for the percentage field.
    • Under Drop Grades, enter 1 in the box above lowest scores. If you want to drop multiple lowest scores, enter the number you wish to drop.
    • Under Calculate as Running Total select No for.
    • Under Options, select Yes to include this column in grade center calculations; and select Yes to show this column to students. Select Yes to show statistics if you would like to make the statistics available to students.
    • Click Submit to save.

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  • How do I create a weighted total column?

    • Click Grade Center < Full Grade Center>.

    • Mouse over the Create Calculated Column button and choose Weighted Column.

    • Enter a column name, e.g. Weighted Total.

    • Choose Percentage from the drop-down menu for Primary Display.

    • Select all the items that you wish to include in the weighted total column under Columns to Select. (You can add these items one by one or hold down the “shift” key and select all the items.  Do not add a column twice (if a quiz total is included, do not include individual quizzes again).Please note that if the possible total points of columns are not the same (e.g. Quiz 1 has a total of 30, Quiz 2 has a total of 10, and Quiz 3 has a total of 50), do not break the percentage equally among these quiz, include these items as a category.
    • Click the arrow > to add the item(s) to the right Selected Columns area.
    • Enter a percentage for each item.
    • Under Calculate as Running Total select No for.

    • Under Options, select Yes to include this column in grade center calculations; and select Yes to show this column to students. Select Yes to show statistics if you would like to make the statistics available to students.
    • Click Submit to save.

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  • How do I create an extra credit column in my grade center?

    • Click Grade Center < Full Grade Center.

    • Click Create Column button.

    • Enter a column name, e.g. Extra Credit.


    • Choose Score from the drop-down menu for Primary Display.

    • Enter 0 in the box for Points Possible
    • Under Options, select Yes to include this column in grade center calculations; and select Yes to show this column to students. Select Yes to show statistics if you would like to make the statistics available to students.

    • Click Click Submit to save.

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  • How do I include an extra credit column in the total column?

    Two options:(a). add the extra credit column to an existing total or the weighed total column. (b). create a new total or weighted total by including the extra credit column.Option (b): create a new total or weighted total by including the extra credit column.
    • Click Grade Center < Full Grade Center.
    • Click Create Column on the left top.
    • Enter the column Name and Description.

    • Enter the number in the Point Possible.
    • Click on Submit.
    • Click Create Column once again.
    • Enter "extra credit" in the Column Name.
    • Click Submit to save.
    • You can Edit the extra credit in the first page.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15