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Creating and Deleting Multiple Columns in the Grade Center

Creating and deleting multiple Grade Columns in the Grade Center can be a time consuming process. The “Batch Create Grade Columns‟ and “Batch Delete Grade Columns‟ tools make it much quicker and easier to add or remove Grade Columns.

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External Grade

By default, the Total column is the External Grade column, but you can set a different column, and should if using weighted totals. It is important that the external grade is set correctly because it is shared with your student and other University personnel (e.g. advisors, academic coaches, etc.) as the student’s final grade for the course.

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Transfer grades from Blackboard to UAConnect

The transfer process is straightforward. In essence, you simply indicate in Blackboard which grade column you want to transfer, tell Blackboard to extract those grades, then go to UAConnect, select grades as usual, and use the big yellow button plainly marked “Upload from Bb” to complete the transfer. If any grades were not successfully transferred, UAConnect will tell you. Just enter them manually in the usual way. The final step – using “submitted” and “save” – is the same as always.

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Create an Average Grade Column

Different grading schemes sometimes call for different uses of columns in Blackboard. Average calculated columns can be useful in averaging a group of columns which each have the same number of points possible. This is done by adding the total number of points and dividing that number by the number of columns.

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Downloading Blackboard Grade Center

Instructors can work on the Grade Center using Excel, however for the best results it is important to first download the Grade Center from Blackboard. This ensures that the file will be properly formatted when it is uploaded back into Blackboard for students to view. Any new columns created in Excel will have to be made numeric after uploading the file to Blackboard.

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