Adding extra credit to an overall weighted grade is a multi-step process. Blackboard  assists in number tracking, but additional math outside the system will also need to be performed. The following steps guide you through the set up process in the grade center. This is a multistep process that begins with weighted columns plus extra credit for a final grade. Next, you need to create the final grade for a student.

Create a Weighted Total Column

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” tools. Graphic of grade center button

Step 2: Click on “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Click on the “Create Calculated Column” button.

Step 4: Select “Weighted Column”.
Graphic of weighted column

Step 5: Name the column.

Step 6: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”.  Select “Score”.
Grpahic of primary display score

Step 7: Click on the title for a column or category that needs to be included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.
Graphic of column to select

Step 8: Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The column title or category should then move from the “Columns to Select”/”Categories to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box. Graphic of right arrow button
Step 9: Insert the correct percentage in the % box. Graphic of selected columns

Step 10: Repeat until all the necessary columns or categories have moved.

Step 11: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Create a Manual Extra Credit Column

Step 1: Click on the “Create Column” button.  Graphic of create column button

Step 2: Name the column.

Step 3: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

Step 4: Put “0” in the “Points Possible” box. Graphic of points possible at 0

Step 5: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Find the Total Weighted Points

Step 1: Hover over the title for the “Weighted Total” column.
Step 2: Look at the Grade Information Bar, and find the total possible points. Remember this number.  Graphic of grade information bar

 

Create a Manual Final Column

Step 1: Click on the “Create Column” button.  Graphic of create column button

Step 2: Name the column.

Step 3: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

Step 4: Click on the drop down menu for “Secondary Display”. Select “Letter”.  Graphic of secondary display

Step 5: Fill in the “Points Possible” box with the number found from the steps in “Find the Total Weighted Points”. Graphic of points possible at 147.5

Step 6: Click on the “Submit” button.

 

Create Final Grade for Student

Step 1: After everything else has been graded, add the points from the “Weighted Total” and “Extra Credit” columns for a student.

Step 2: Manually edit the “Final” column and add the number to this column.

Step 3: The final letter grade will be displayed in parenthesis next to the number. Graphic of final a+ grade
If there is a number showing between the parenthesis, the final points was larger than 100% and the student should receive an A+.  Graphic of final no leter showing

 

Step 1: Select course

Step 2: Expand “Course Tools”  Graphic of expanding course tools image

Step 3: Select “Date Management” tool Graphic of selecting date management

 

Option 1: Use Course Start Date

Step 1: Click “Use Course Start Date” radio button  Graphic of select date adjustment option

Note: The current start state should be populated if the course was migrated over.

Step 2: Enter the “Curent Start Date” of when the course began on if it is not automatically populated

Step 3: Enter “New” start date

Step 4: Click “Start” Graphic of start button

 

Option 2: Adjust by Number of Days

Step 1: Click “Adjust by Number of Days” radio button Graphic of selecting adjust by number of days

Step 2: Enter number to “Shift all dates by”  Graphic of shift all date by

Step 3: Click “Start” Graphic of start button

 

Option 3: List All Dates for Review

Step 1: Click “List All Dates For Review” radio button Graphic of selecting list all dates for review

Step 2: Click “Start”  Graphic of start button

Step 3: Click “Next”

click_next

Step 4: Apply filter for “Item Types” filter_by_item_type

OR

Step 5: Select “item” that needs new due date

Step 6: Click on “Due Date” Graphic of edit date

Step 7: Select new due date
Graphic of selecting new date

Step 8: Adjust hours and minutes

Step 9: Click “Done” Graphic of done button

Step 10: Click the “green check mark” Graphic of green check

Note: A due date cannot be added if it was not originally set; set the due date in the object’s properties first.

 

 

Step 1: Go to the “Course Navigation Menu”

Step 2: Click on the “+” icon to “Add Menu Item”  Graphic of the plus button

Step 3: Click on “Content Area”  Graphic of content area

Step 4: Name the Content Area  Graphic of naming content area

Step 5: Check the box to make this area “Available to Users” Graphic of check for available to users

Step 6: Click “Submit” Graphic of submit button

Step 7: Hover to the left of the content area link, click on the four arrows that will appear, and drag this new content area to where it should go on the “Course Navigation Menu”.

 

Step 1: Go to the content area in which the learning module should be created in

Step 2: Click the “Build Content” button Graphic of Build content button

Step 3: Select “Learning Module” Graphic of learning module

Step 4: Type a name for the learning module Graphic of inserting name

Step 5: Give a short description of the learning module, if necessary

Step 6: Select “Learning Module Options” as necessary

Step 7: Select “Standard Options” as necessary

Step 8: Select “Table of Contents” options as necessary

Step 9: Click the “Submit” button Graphic of submit button

Note: To add content to the learning module, view the “Adding Content” tutorial.

 

Move a Learning Module

Step 1: Hover to the left of the learning module so the four arrow icon appears  Graphic of 4 way arrow to move items

Step 2: Click, hold, and drag to sequence in which the learning module should show

Step 3: Drop the learning module by releasing the click

 

Make Learning Modules Available/Visible

Step 1: Click on “Content” from the Course Navigation Menu

Step 2: Hover over a learning module and click on the action item link Graphic of action link item

Step 3: Select “Edit”

Step 4: Select the ‘Yes’ radio button to permit users to view this content in “Section 4: Standard Options”

Graphic of permit users to view this content

The browser test is used to ensure that your computer is compatible with Blackboard Learn. It is critical to test a browser once logged into Blackboard Learn for the first time. Complete this browser test each time a new machine is used for Blackboard Learn.

Step 1: Locate the “Browser Test” module on the “My Institution” page Graphic of Browser test

Step 2: Click “Test your Browser” Graphic of test yoru browser test button

Step 3: Make sure all the necessary components have a green “check mark” Graphich of green check mark

Step 4: If a component has a red “X”  Graphic of red X follow up with additional support

Step 5: Click “Display an Alert”  Graphic of display alert

Step 6: Click on “Display a Pop-up”   Graphic of display pop-up. If a pop-up does not appear, disable pop-up blocker

Step 7: Download each of the documents in Blackboard to see if they open . If they do not open, a plug-in is necessary

graphic of doc document doc Graphic of docx document docx Graphic of xls spreadsheet xls Graphic of xlsx speardsheet xlsx graphic of ppt presentationppt Graphic of pptx presentation pptx Graphic of a pdf file PDF

Step 8: Click on “Other Tests” for additional testing Graphic of other tests to complete

Step 9: Click on “Audio and Video Tests” for different types of media files seen within a course Graphic of audio video tests

Step 10: Click on “Visual Text Box Editor”

Step 11: Check the functionality of the visual text box editor to ensure everything works

Step 12: Enter text in the text box

Step 13: Click “Submit”

Step 14: If this information does not appear a problem may have occurred, contact the help desk to get support with the Blackboard Learn system

 

Step 1: Click “Grade Center” Graphic of grade center button

Step 2: Click “Full Grade Center” Graphic of full grade center

Step 3: Select the assignment where the additional attempt needs to be added for a student

Step 4: Click “Action Link Item” Graphic of action link item

Step 5: Select “View Grade Details” Graphic of view grade details

Step 6: Click on “Allow Additional Attempt” Graphic of allow additioanl attempt

Step 7: Click “OK” on the pop-up Graphic of Ok button

Step 8: Multiple attempts for this assignment should be viewable

Note: One shows “work in progress” and one “needs grading”

Graphic of showing attempt made

Note: Go to properties and modify the properties on that specific assignment to make sure it is both available to the student so they can see it, or adjust the availability and due date accordingly.

 

Step 1: Click on the “+” icon in the top left corner of the course navigation menu Graphic of the plus button

Step 2: Select “Tool Link”

Step 3: Name the tool “Groups”

Step 4: Click on the “Type” drop down menu” Graphic of "type" drop down menu

Step 5: Select “Groups”

Step 6: Click on the check box next to “Available to Users” Graphic of check for available to users

Step 7: Click on the “Submit”

 

An avatar is a digital representation of you.

Step 1: Login to Blackboard Learn and locate the “Global Navigation Menu” in the upper right corner

Step 2: Click the drop down arrow Graphic of drop down arrow

Step 3: Click “Settings”

Step 4: Click “Personal Information”  Graphic of personal information

Step 5: Click “Personalize My Settings” Graphic of personalize my settings

Step 6: Select “Use custom avatar image”   Graphic of radio button for use custom avatar image

Step 7: Click “Browse My Computer”

Step 8: Select an image

Step 9: Click “Submit”

 

Add File from “My Computer”

Step 1: Click on “Content” from the course navigation menuGraphic of Content button

Step 2: Select a learning module to add a file

Step 3: Click on “Build Content” Graphic of Build content button

Step 4: Select “File” Graphic of file

Step 5: Name file Graphic of enter file name

Step 6: Find file Graphic of browse my computer button

Step 7: Click “Submit”  Graphic of submit button

 

 

Add File from Blackboard Learn Content Collection

Step 1: Click on “Content” from the course navigation menu Graphic of Content button

Step 2: Select a learning module to add a file

Step 3: Click on “Build Content”  Graphic of Build content button

Step 4: Select “File” Graphic of file

Step 5: Name file  Graphic of enter file name

Step 6: Find file Graphic of browse content collection

Step 7: Select folder containing the file

Step 8: Select file Graphic of radio button for file

Step 9: Click “Submit”  Graphic of submit button

Step 10: Select “Give users access to all files and folders in the folder”

Graphic of radio button for give users access to all files and folder in the folder

Step 11: Select Alignment Options

Graphic of radio button for alignment options

Step 12: Select Standard Options

Graphic of standard options

Step 13: Click “Submit”  Graphic of submit button

The global navigation menu is used to navigate various content between different courses.

Step 1: Login to Blackboard Learn

Step 2: Locate the “Global Navigation Menu” in the upper right hand corner Global navigation menu button

Step 3: Click the drop down arrow Down arrow

Step 4: Click “Courses”

Recently visited courses

Note: This lists all the courses one has access to. Click on any course from this menu.

Step 5: Click “Organization” Organization button

Note: This lists all the organizations one is involved in.

Step 6: Click Settings”

Note: This is where one will personalize their Blackboard Experience by changing text size, contrast setting, and personal information. Settings list

Step 7: Click “Blackboard Home” Blackboard home

Note: Shows all notifications in one place.

Step 8: Click “Updates” Updates

Note: Let’s one know what is new or what’s been going on.

Step 9: Click “My Grade” feature My grades

Note: My Grade is only for students. Shows them what has been graded and what attempts the have made from one central location.

Step 10: Click “Retention Center Reports” Retention center icon

Note: A central location to review reports.

Step 11: Click “Calendar” Calendar

Note: Access to one calendar viewing items from all courses.

Step 12: Click “Posts” Post

Note: Lets one know who is posting and from where (which course) and are able to reply to a post from here.