What is Grade Centre?
The Grade Centre is used for lecturers and markers to access student submissions and provide marks and feedback. Student names are displayed in the rows and the assessment items are displayed in the columns. It presents students and their assessment results in the form of a spreadsheet. Lecturers can view all students and their results.
Feedback and marking results can be released to students. Students can only see their own results under My Grades area in the course, when the results are released.
You access the Grade Centre from the Control Panel. Expand the Grade Centre section to display the links to the Needs Grading page, the Full Grade Centre, and the smart views.
If you have a heavy grading workload, the Needs Grading page can help you determine what needs attention first. You can view all items ready for grading or review.
The Full Grade Centre link displays all columns and rows in the Grade Centre and is the default view of the Grade Centre.
The smart view links appear as an indented list in the Full Grade Centre section. A smart view is a focused look at the Grade Centre and shows only the data that matches a set of criteria. For example, the default Assignments smart view displays only the assignment columns, and Tests smart view displays only test columns.
Use of Grade Centre columns
There are three types of grade centre columns: manual, calculated and automatically created grade columns.
You can create grade columns for activities that took place outside of class, such as a science fair or an oral presentation. Or, you may assign credit for participation or attendance at an event. For manually added items, no submissions exist. The column can be populated for assigning the grades/marks in Blackboard.
For more information on manual columns, please click here.
In the Grade Centre, you can calculate grades with calculated columns. Calculated columns combine data from multiple columns to attain performance results.
Calculation includes total, weighted total, average, and minimum/maximum.
For further information on how to use the calculated columns, please click here.
Automatically created grade columns
When you create an assessment/graded item in your Blackboard course, such as Blackboard Assignment, Turnitin, Online tests, etc., a column will be created respectively in the Grade Centre for the assessment item. Student submissions will appear under those columns.
For more information on automatically created grade columns, please click here.
Customise the grading interface
In the Grade Centre, the columns for students’ first and last names appear first by default. Columns for gradable items and calculations of those items appear across the page. You may decide which columns appear and in what order. You can also filter your view.
When you create a new column, it appears at the right end of the screen. Column Organisation option is available for you to reorder the columns appear in the Grade Centre. You may find this option under the Manage tab on the top of the screen in the Full Grade Centre view.
Follow the link for details of different functions provided in Blackboard for customising your Grade Centre.
You may also watch the video resource below:
It shows how to customise the view of the Grade Centre by hiding a column, accessing the Column Organisation page, showing a hidden column, and reordering columns are available here.
When you hide a column from the Grade Centre, it doesn’t mean that this column is not visible to students. To ensure that students don’t see their marks and feedback, please refer to the section below on Hide columns from students.
You can create rules to apply colour to the cells in the Grade Centre, either by grade or status. Colour in the Grade Centre provides visual indicators to help you interpret information quickly. For example, you can use yellow to highlight graded items with failing scores so that students and columns that require attention are prominent. Please watch the video for details of how to use Colour Code in Grade Centre.
Hide columns from students
You can hide a column from students’ My Grades’ pages. This is especially useful while you are assigning grades and feedback on your students submitted work, and DO NOT want students to see them until marking is all finalised (When you hide a column from your students, it can still be visible to you in the Grade Centre).
Follow the steps below to ensure students DO NOT see the marked results while are you in the process of marking.
- From the Grade Centre, access a column’s menu and select Edit Column Information.
- On the Edit Column page, navigate to the Options
- Select No for “Include this column in Grade Centre calculations” and “Show this column to students”.
- Select Submit.
The graded work won’t appear to students on their My Grades pages. If a student accesses the graded work from inside a content area, no grade or feedback appears.
In the Grade Centre grid, the column appears with the Column Not Visible to Users icon next to the column title.
Release feedback and marks to students
When you’re ready to release grades and feedback to students, you may revert the settings described in the Hide columns from students section:
Access the Edit Column page and select Yes for the “Include this column in Grade Centre calculations” and “Show this column to students” options.
You may also use the shortcut option Hide from Students (on/off) from the column dropdown menu to release/hide columns.
If you are releasing feedback for a Turnitin assignment, please also ensure that the Post Date for Turnitin is set to be a date in the past. This will allow your students access comments you have places on their Turnitin submissions.
Smart Views are subsets of the full grade centre. When there are big number of students or assessments in a course, smart views can be used to show only the relevant students and relevant assessment items. The most commonly used smart views are course groups and performance smart views. Following are two examples of how you may like to use smart views.
Example: Tracking low scores
You create a smart view to track students with low scores to quickly see which students need help. You can email these students from the Grade Centre.
Example: Assessment comparison
You create a smart view to display only two columns in the Grade Centre grid: a calculated total column for tests and a calculated total column for assignments. You can compare the two columns to gauge how students are performing.
A video instruction on how to create a smart view is available here:
For further information on how to create smart views, please click here.
Smart views provides logical formula editor and can use a variety of criteria in one formula. It’s very flexible, however, can be complex. If you need help with using the smart views, please feel free to contact the Learning Technologies Team.
Display letter grades rather than scores as marked results
In the Grade Center, when an item is graded, a numeric score appears in the students’ cells by default. You can choose to display grades in other ways with grading schemas. A Grading Schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item’s total points possible to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter (A, B, C) or Pass/Fail. This information is presented in a table format.
For instructions on how to create grading schemas and more, please refer to the Blackboard Help site here.
At AUT, the Grade Map 1 is used in Arion for many papers. To keep the grading scale consistent, please refer to the following numbers as reference. In Blackboard, this is a default Grading Schema available in every course.
If you are teaching in the Health Faculty, you may require to mark your students according to the grading system of A+ =9, A =8, A‐ =7, B+ =6, B =5, B‐ =4, C+ =3, C =2, C‐ =1, D =0. This grading system can be set up in Blackboard using the following grading scales:
To apply your Grading Schema to an assessment column, please follow the link here for instruction.
Work offline by downloading the Grade Centre
To eliminate potential double entry of Grade Center data, you can perform offline grading and import grades into the Grade Center. You can also upload grades from external sources such as a spreadsheet or a comma-separated values (CSV) file. You must format data specifically to upload correctly and to synchronize with existing Grade Center data.
Please follow the link below, for a video resource on how to set download options, download the Grade Centre files, upload the new file, and select which grades to change.
Blackboard to Arion integration
This is an application that connects the Blackboard Grade Centre to Arion. This provides a process to transfer marks in Blackboard to Arion with just a few clicks.
Please see the one page guide for help regarding the Blackboard to Arion integration.
My Grade Centre looks very messy. Can I tidy it up so I don’t need to scroll right to the end to see my students’ assignment submissions?
Tidying up your Grade Centre is the first step to get yourself ready for online marking. The document Organise your Grade Centre will guide you through some simple steps to help tidy up your Grade Centre.
My students tell me that they can see their marks and feedback, but I thought I have hidden them. What can I do to ensure that marked results are not released to students when they are not ready?
You should check that the assessment column, with marked results, is not visible to your students. Please refer to the Release feedback and marks to students section for details.
If the assessment is a Turnitin Assignment, you should also check the Post Date setting. This is the date when your students can see the results and feedback that you give on the Feedback Studio page. Ensure the Post date is set to be a date in the future to hide the marked results.
The results that I marked doesn’t look correct to me. Can I check the marking history to verify what happened?
Yes, it’s possible to go back to records of changes. The Grade History function under the Grade Details page displays all activities associated with the students’ grades.
For further details on Grade Details page, please view the video.
What does exempt marks/grades do?
You can exempt student marks/grades on the Grade Details page, or in the dropdown menu for a student’s attempt.
If you select Exempt, this mark/grade is excluded from a student’s Grade Centre calculations. The Exempt icon appears in the cell in the grid.
Exempting a marked result for a student DOES NOT hide the result from the student.