The Grade Center Lesson Focus

Note: Per Athens Technical College policy, faculty are required to use Blackboard Grade Center in all courses, regardless of course type. The Blackboard gradebook should be updated throughout the semester so students are aware of their progress. At the end of each semester, instructors will use the ILP Grade Push process to submit final grades to the Office of Registration and Records before the published deadline. Distance education courses require more extensive use of Blackboard.

The Blackboard Grade Center is a powerful tool for instructors to record, track and manage student achievement in the course.

After completing this lesson, the instructor will be able to:
  1. Configure Blackboard-created columns.
  2. Create, configure, and delete manual columns.
  3. Create, edit, and delete categories.
  4. Configure calculated columns.
  5. Create, edit and delete grading schemas.
  6. Create and configure grading color codes.
  7. Edit column/row organization and visibility.
  8. Explore and demonstrate an understanding of the options and tools on contextual menus.
  9. Add and configure extra credit.
  10. Push final grades to Banner.

The Grade Center Resources

Review the following TCSG and Blackboard resources. NOTE: All links open in a new window.

TCSG Resources

Blackboard Resources

Disclaimer: All TCSG colleges currently use Blackboard's Original Course View. Some of the features and tools of Blackboard that are discussed in the Blackboard resources may not be available at your college. Check with your POC (Distance Ed Contact) for questions about tool availability.

The Grade Center Video

This video will provide a basic overview of creating a total and percentage gradebook as well creating a manual column in the Grade Center.

NOTE: To view the video in full screen, select the Play button. At the bottom of the window, select the YouTube link. The video will open in YouTube in a new tab. Select the full screen button in the bottom-right corner of the video.