Grading options in Blackboard

Description

There are many options for grading in Blackboard, ranging from entering grades directly in the grade center to grading offline and uploading grades through a CSV file. This tutorial will cover the basics of grading directly within Blackboard. 

Grading in Blackboard 

Option 1: Entering Grades in the Grade Center 

  1. Within your Blackboard course, scroll down to Grade Center located in the left-hand navigation menu. 
  2. Click the small arrow next to Grade Center. You can navigate directly to assignments that need grading by clicking the Needs Grading option, or you can go to the Full Grade Center to view all assignments. 
  3. Once in the Grade Center, you can type a grade directly into any cell.
  4. Press the Enter key to save your entry. 

Option 2: Assigning Grades through the Grade Details Page 

  1. The Grade Details page gives you more options for grading assignments. In Grade Center, hover your cursor over the cell for the assignment and student whose grade you want to assign. A small arrow will appear on the right.
  2. Click that arrow and then click View Grade Details


     
  3. You will be taken to a page where you can view all student attempts for that assignment. If the submission allowed multiple attempts, there may be several submissions listed here. By default, the most recent submission will be at the top of the list. Locate the attempt you want to grade and click View Attempt
  4. If attempts have already been submitted and graded (e.g., if you have an automatically graded quiz), you can edit or change a grade by clicking Edit Grade on that attempt from the Attempts tab. You may also manually override a grade from the Manual Override tab. 
  5. The student’s submission will now be displayed and you will see a grading menu on the right. You can enter a grade directly into the grade box. If you click on the small arrow just below the grade box, a text box will appear where you can provide written comments to students. From this box, you can also attach files or open the text editor for more options.
  6. When you have completed your grading, click Submit. 

Note: Instructors can also do inline grading using Blackboard Annotate from the Grade Details view.  

Strategies for Grading in Blackboard 

  • Consider using Blackboard Annotate for inline grading markup and insert comments directly into submitted written assignments within your Blackboard course. 
  • Grades will be automatically generated for tests, quizzes, and surveys that do not have any questions requiring manual grading. But you can still edit these grades manually in the grade center. 
  • If you would like to hide grades from students while you are grading so that your entire class sees their grade at the same time, click the arrow next to the assignment name in the top row of the grade center and choose Hide from students. When you are ready to display those grades, click that option again to make the column visible to students.