How to calculate grade

In this tutorial I will show you how to grade assignments.

In your Blackboard course, go to the left menu. Under Course Management, select Grade Center. Now select Needs Grading.

When a student submits an assignment into a Blackboard dropbox the Needs Grading area will organize all the items that need to be graded. Also, when instructors have tests that are not automatically graded the attempts will appear here.

In the top right there is a button for Grade All. Pressing this will take you directly to every assignment that needs grading.

Below, you can filter the assignments that appear by Category, Item, User, or Dates. If you happen to close this filter, you can retrieve it by pressing the Filter button.

When you use a filter, it will only display the attempts related to that.

When you are ready to grade, select the student attempt below to see the submission. After you submit a grade, it will automatically take you to the next submission based on what was filtered.

For assignments that are not connected to a Blackboard dropbox or test, you can go to the Full Grade Center and input grades directly into the column row.

Now I will show you how to create columns that automatically calculate grades. We will cover how to calculate with the basic Total column, Weighted Total column, and Average column.

Display a list:

1. Total

2. Average

3. Weighted

Find your grade center by going to the left menu. Under Course Management, select Grade Center, then Full Grade Center.

The Full Grade Center automatically comes with a Total and Weighted Total column unless your instructor removed it.

Total

First let’s cover how to calculate with the basic Total column. If it is not already in your course, you can add it by selecting Create Calculated Column then Total Column.

Next select the arrow next to Total and a dropdown will appear. Select Edit Column Information.

You will see a brief description. Below, you can select what grade format to display. You can choose among a score, letter, text, percentage, and complete or incomplete. I recommend using a number display such as a score or a percentage because Blackboard calculates letter grades differently from the UH letter scale.

Below, you can choose what to include in the Total. If you choose Selected Columns and Categories, you must pick out the columns you want to include in the total. If you opt to select a category, only do this if you know for certain what are the categories of your desired columns.

Select any other options and submit.

Average Total

Next we will cover the Average total. If it is not already there, add it by selecting Create Calculated Column then Average Column.

Next select the arrow next to Average. Select Edit Column Information.

Similar to the basic Total, you can include All Grade Columns or only Selected Columns and Categories. If you choose the second option, select your desired columns and add it to the right. Select any other options then Submit.

Weighted Total

Finally, let’s move on to the Weighted Total. If it is not already in your course, you can add it under the Create Calculated Column button.

Then select the arrow next to Weighted Total. Select Edit Column Information.

You will see something similar to what we saw earlier. The biggest difference is below.

Here you can select which columns or categories to calculate into the weighted grade. Each time you add a column or a category, you must input the percent that it is weighed. Only use categories if you know for certain that your desired grade columns have been categorized correctly.

Before you press Submit, make sure that everything added on the right equals to 100%. Submit.

That’s how you can calculate grade totals in the Grade Center. Thank you for watching.