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.
Important: Only the instructor of record will be able to transfer grades from Blackboard to UAConnect. Teaching assistants will not be able to follow these steps.
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Step 1: Set the primary display of the desired grade column to show as a letter grade:
A letter grade is required to transfer grades. If you have the column set to show a number (i.e. score or percentage) the grades will not transfer. Tip: Name the column you want to transfer so that it is easy to identify in the full list of Grade Center columns in a future step (e.g. Final Grade, Early Progress Grade, UAConnect Grade).
For your grade column, you need to use one of the following column settings:
- A calculated column type with Primary Display set to “Letter.”
- A text column with Primary Display set to be “Text.”
Note: Only courses listed in AFLS, ARCH, and LAWW can have +/- in the grade column for official grades in UAConnect.
Need to change your column to show as a letter grade? View the “Display the Letter Grade in Grade Center Columns” article.
Step 2: Complete grade approval and transfer:
- Enter the Full Grade Center for the course on Blackboard.
- Click Manage from the top menu, and then select Grade Approval and Transfer from the drop down list.
- Look for the list of courses under the Course ID, Name, and Approval Status columns in the new window. Select the check box for the course (on the left side of the window) and then click the Grade Column Approval and Transfer button (at the bottom of the window).
- Select the check box for the grade column you want to transfer to UAConnect, and click the Extract Grades button.
Note: You must complete the process in UAConnect before final grades are due. The extracted grades will expire after 15 days.
Step 3: Upload and Submit Grades in UAConnect:
Important: Please check to make sure that you are viewing the correct term on UAConnect. If the term is not correct, click on the green change term button at the top of the page.
- Enter the Faculty Center on UAConnect.
- Click the Grade Roster icon (located to the left of the Class Title column).
- The Display Options area is in the lower left of the Grade Roster page. Select the *Grade Roster Type from the drop-down list.
- Click the yellow Upload from Bb button to upload the grades extracted from Blackboard.
- Review the results page that shows the number of grades that were successfully uploaded. NOTE: when submitting Final Grades, when the page refreshes the system may revert back to Early Progress as the “Grade Roster Type”. Be sure to check at each step that the “Grade Roster Type” is Final Grades.
- If all the grades were not successfully added with the upload, you will need to manually input the grades on the grade roster in UAConnect. Select the grade roster type to be able to enter grades. Grade boxes will be available in the roster grade column.
You can click the Display Unassigned Roster Grades Only and this will display only the missing grades.
- When all of the grades have been successfully entered in the Grade Roster Action area next to *Approval Status select Submitted from the drop-down list and click the Save button.
- You will need to repeat Step 3: Upload and Submit Grades in UAConnect for each class listed as combined sections in Blackboard.