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Set Up Your Gradebook in Blackboard

Part of the Blackboard For Dummies Cheat Sheet

To save time later in your course, set up Item columns in your Gradebook as soon as you create your course so that you have to worry only about entering earned points for each learner. Here’s what to do:

  1. On the Control Panel, click the Gradebook link in the Assessment pane.

    You should see your Gradebook in Spreadsheet view (see the following figure). It differs a bit from the View By Student and View By Item options. The Spreadsheet view displays all your graded items for all learners. Spreadsheet view is a great starting place: It’s one-stop shopping for most (if not all) of your grading needs.

    A student grade sheet, Blackboard style.
    A student grade sheet, Blackboard style.
  2. Click the Add Item link.

    If you have already added an assignment, it was entered automatically as a Gradebook item. Neat, huh? Now, you can add some other graded items, such as Class Participation or Quiz 1.

  3. Choose the item name, category, and number of possible points.

    Enter the name of the graded item (Quiz 1 or Homework 2, for example), select the appropriate item type (Exam or Project, for example) from the category drop-down menu, and enter a value (10, 100, or 1000, for example) in the Points Possible field.

  4. Click the Submit button in the lower-right corner of the form.

  5. Click OK on the receipt page to return to your Gradebook spreadsheet.

    After you return to the Gradebook spreadsheet, you can add more items, modify item information, or assign grades to learners.

You might want to start communicating with your learners at this point, even before the course begins.

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