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Using the Grade Center in Blackboard

June 18th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

The Grade Center contains student assessment submissions and other grading information for the course. Due to its flexibility, it can be complicated to learn how to manage, so it is strongly suggested that you spend some time working in this area of your course.

The Grade Center includes a row for each student and columns for informational items (name, last access date, etc.), assessments (tests, assignments, graded discussions, etc.), and total columns. The instructor can retrieve student submissions from the Grade Center and apply comments and file attachments, which students can view.

There are many options for viewing your Grade Center (filters and ordering tools). You can hide and show columns, reorder columns, create grade reports and much more.

Before your course starts, it is important for you to verify that your Grade Center is set up correctly. Are all graded items included? Are the columns properly organized? If you use grade weighting, is weighting set up correctly?

Grade Center Overview (pdf)

Customizing the Grade Center View video

Creating and Managing Grade Center Columns includes:

  • About User Info Columns
  • About Grade Columns
  • About Calculated Columns
  • Grade Center Columns to My Grades (for students)
  • Create Grade Columns
  • Create Total Columns
  • Create Weighted Columns
  • External Grade Columns
  • Edit, Hide and Delete Columns

Needs Grading video

Entering Grades

View Grade Details

Accessing the Early Warning System and Creating a Grade Rule video

Viewing Grade Details video

Creating a Grade Report video

Color Code the Grade Center video

Download Your Gradebook video

Grade a Test/Quiz Question by Question video


Content Area in Blackboard

June 18th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

After you create a course area, such as a content area, learning module, lesson plan, or folder, you create content in it by pointing to its action bar to reveal menus for selecting content items, tests, and links to tools.

Creating a Content Area

Adding Content to a Content Area video

Editing / Managing  Content

Using the Content (text) Editor video

Adding Textbook Information to Your Course video

Adding a URL video

Add a YouTube video with the Mashup Tool video

Linking to Tools in a Content Area


Assignments in Blackboard

June 17th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

Blackboard has an assignment tool that can be used to create graded assignments. This tool also creates a corresponding Grade Center column.

The assignment tool provides students with a link, that when clicked, allows them to attach a document and type in comments. These items will be sent to the Grade Center, where instructors will retrieve and grade them.

Getting Started with Assignments (pdf)

Creating and Editing Assignments

Downloading a Submitted Assignment video

Grading Assignments  includes:

  • Access from the Needs Grading Page
  • Access from the Grade Center
  • About and Using the Grade Assignments Page
  • How to Grade Anonymously
  • Allow for Multiple Attempts

Inline Grading


Using SafeAssign in Blackboard

June 17th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

SafeAssign is a tool in Blackboard used to prevent and check for plagiarism.

View original document in Google Drive

Using Safe Assign video

You can also use Direct Submit to SafeAssign database – instructor submits an individual papers or zipped files to the database.


Blogs and Journals in Blackboard

June 17th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

Achievements in Blackboard

June 17th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

You can use the achievements tool to create opportunities for students to earn recognition for their work. You designate criteria for issuing achievements to students in the form of both badges and certificates.

What are Achievements?

Create and Manage Achievements


myCFCC Maintenance and Blackboard Availability

June 17th, 2014 by Brandon Davis-Shannon

Hi all,

As you may have seen, myCFCC will be unavailable Sat, Jun 21st between midnight and 6am and Sun, Jun 22nd between midnight and 6am due to maintenance.

Blackboard will still be available during this time, but students will not be able to reach it though myCFCC.  Please provide your classes with the alternative address for Blackboard: https://online.cfcc.edu/ (or reiterate it, if you already have).  This will help ensure that any students who need to work during that time will be able to.

Thank you for your assistance.

Take Care,
Brandon Davis-Shannon
Online Learning Coordinator


Tests and Quizzes in Blackboard

June 17th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

Test and quizzes created by the instructor offer a variety of question types.

There is also a survey tool (generally not a graded item) and a Pool Manager, where banks of questions can be stored for use in a test.

Additionally, some publishers have test banks that can be exported to Blackboard and there are third party tools (i.e. Respondus and BYU Test Generator) that can be used to help facilitate test creation.

Creating a Test video

Getting Started with Building Tests (pdf)

Setting Test Options video

Automatic Regrading video

Exporting and Importing Tests video

Questions Types (Videos)


Other Functions of the Discussion Board in Blackboard

June 16th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

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Creating a Discussion Board in Blackboard

June 16th, 2014 by Brantley McKeithan

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More information can be found at the following videos:

Interacting with the Discussion Board video

Creating a Discussion Board Forum video

Grading a Discussion Board Forum video

Grading Discussion Board Threads video

Searching the Discussion Board and Collecting Posts video

Managing Discussion Board Roles video

Changing Discussion Board Forum Settings video

Moderating Discussion Board Forums video



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