Creating a Weighted Column using Categories to Select
  1. Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel.

  2. Click on “Full Grade Center”.

  3. Select “Weighted Column”.

  4. Name the column.

  5. Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.

  6. Click on the title for the Categories that needs included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.

  7. Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The category title should then move from the “Categories to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box.

  8. Insert the correct percentage in the % box.

  9. Select to weigh columns as “Equally” or “Proportionally”.

    1. Equally applies equal value to all Columns within a Category.

    2. Proportionally applies the appropriate value to a Grade Item based on its points compared to other columns in the category.

  1. Repeat steps 5 – 9 until all the necessary Categories have moved.

  2. Click on the  “Submit” button.

Creates a Calculated Column that displays the calculated result of quantities and their respective percentages.

Step 1: Click on “Grade Center” under the “Course Management” panel. Image of Grade Center

Step 2: Click on “Full Grade Center”.

Step 3: Select “Weighted Column”.
Image of Create Calculated Column

Step 4: Name the column.

Step 5: Click on the drop down menu for “Primary Display”. Select “Score”.
Primary Display

Step 6: Click on the title for the Total Column that needs to be included in the weighted total in “Section 3. Select Columns”.

Step 7: Click on the right arrow next to the “Selected Columns” box. The column title should then move from the “Columns to Select” box to the “Selected Columns” box. right arrow

Step 8: Insert the correct percentage in the % box.
Selected column

Step 9: Repeat steps 5 – 7 until all the necessary Total Columns have moved.

Step 10: Click on the  “Submit” button.

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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