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Classroom Management: Grading in Blackboard

Entering Grades in Blackboard can be a tedious task especially if you have a large enrollment. Here are some tips that might make this task easier. You access the gradebook through the Contol Panel of your course.


Single graded item: From the gradebook, look for the item you are grading. You might see a variety of symbols like two dashes ( –) or an exclamation point (!). Click on the symbol and enter the point value of that item. If the assignment was a test or survey, or was created using the assignment feature you will see a VIEW button in the last column on the right. You can click on the view button to review the submitted test or assignment.


Multiple assignments submitted by a specific student: you can enter grades for several assignments for an individual student quickly by selecting their name. From the gradebook click on the Student’s Name then on User Grade List. You’ll see a list of all the assignments listed in the gradebook. Enter the grades for the assignments you are grading.


Multiple students submitted for a specific lesson: You may have your students on a specific schedule with weekly deadlines for assignments. Enter the assignment grade for multiple students using one gradebook view. When you are in the gradebook click on the specific assignment and then on Item Grade List. You will get a list of all the students and can enter grades for that specific assignment.


If you use the assignment feature in your homework assignments, you can use the bulk download assignments function to download multiple files for a specific lessons. To do this from the gradebook click on the assignment then select Item Download. You then have a choice of selecting all files, checking only the ungraded items or just specific students file.


Do you have a tip that might help others use the Blackboard Gradebook? Please share with your colleagues by making a comment.

Author: Heidi Olson

Heidi enjoys working with content experts in developing eCampus courses to provide alternatives for students. Her other interests include faculty training in best practices for eCampus and researching eCampus tools to help fulfill learning outcomes. Having worked in the distance education arena for over 20 years, she has a wide range of experiences in supporting students and faculty as technology and pedagogy evolve.

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