Grading Student Work

How can I set up a grade book?

Can I collect homework through Blackboard?

Am I able to give a quiz or test online?

How do I print a test?

How do I hide all test results and scores from students?

Why did I receive an error when importing a test?


How can I set up a grade book?

You can use Blackboard's Grade Center to record grades and allow students to view their progress in the course. To begin:

  1. Under Control Panel, click Grade Center.
  2. Click Full Grade Center to get a spreadsheet-like view of all grade columns.
  3. To manually add a grade column, click Create Column.

The Grade Center has myriad features to help you track student progress. To learn more, consult these links:

 

Can I collect homework through Blackboard?

Yes, you can. You can use the Assignment Tool to allow students to upload documents to Blackboard, which then can be downloaded from the Grade Center. To begin:

  1. From the Content Area (Menu Item) of your choice, hover over the Assessments button.
  2. Click Assignment.
  3. Enter, at minimum, a Name and Points Possible.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. After students have submitted documents through the Assignment link, return to the Grade Center.
  6. Click the down-arrow for the specific Assignment column and click on Assignment File Download.
  7. You will be able to download all submitted documents in one zip file.

To learn more about creating and accessing Assignments, consult these links:

 

Am I able to give a quiz or test online?

Yes, you can. To begin:

  1. Under Control Panel click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Click Tests.
  3. Click Build Test.

To learn more about creating and deploying tests, follow these links:

Exporting or Importing a Test or Survey (PDF | VIDEO)
 
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How do I print a test?

At this time, Blackboard does not have a print option for Tests and no browser has the capability to print Blackboard content using the browser’s print options.

Alternatively, you can copy the test content and paste it into an external text editor program (e.g., Microsoft Word) to then print or save it as a .pdf file.

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How do I hide all test results and scores from students?

By default, if a test consists of all discrete-point questions, students are able to see points earned per question and their overall score. To prevent this, you will need to hide all test results and feedback AND the Grade Center column.

  1. Locate the test link in Blackboard and click the arrow next to the test title.
  2. Choose Edit the Test Options.
  3. In the Show Test Results and Feedback to Students section, uncheck ALL options.
  4. Click Submit.
  5. Go to the Full Grade Center and locate the Test column.
  6. Click the arrow next to the column title and select Hide from Students.

Please note that when you hide a test column from students they see no information about the test in My Grades. When they access the test through the link in the Content Area, they receive a message stating when they submitted the test, but no scores appear.

Learn more about Test Options.

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Why did I receive an error when importing a test?

Blackboard Tests can be exported as .zip files that you or other instructors can then import into other Blackboard courses. Only test packages exported from Blackboard can be imported. 

If you are using Safari on a Mac, downloaded .zip files may be automatically unpackaged, thereby making them unusable for importing into Blackboard. There is a setting you can change to prevent Safari from automatically unzipping the file:

  1. From the Safari menu choose Preferences.
  2. In the General section, uncheck Open “safe” files after downloading.
  3. Close the Safari Preferences window.
  4. After disabling the feature, download the .zip file and perform import again.

If you are still unable to import the test, please contact the Instructional Technology Lab.

 

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