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Blackboard Grade Center

Blocking Student Access to Exams/Assignments

Paper with an F gradeCase Study

Due to a serious academic violation, Lindsey wants to remove one student's ability to take a test or submit an assignment in Blackboard.

Possible methods

Lindsey decides to add zeros to the grade center, since this method is simple and direct. However, she is aware of three different ways to add a score in the grade center. These are:

  1. Entering a score directly in a cell from the main grade center screen
  2. Adding a score by using the Override button on the Grade Details screen.
  3. Adding a score by using the Modify Attempt button on the Grade Details screen.

Working with the Help Desk, Lindsey finds only the third option will provide the result she wants.

If the student attempts to enter an Exam, the student will see the following error message:

An error occurred attempting to launch this test. A likely cause is that a grade has been assigned to this test. Contact the instructor to have the test attempt cleared.

If the student attempts to view and submit an Assignment, the student will see a Review Submission screen instead of an expected Upload Assignment screen. The score is also displayed, along with instructor comments (if any).

 

Other uses?

Lindsey also found that this technique worked well when the due date has passed for an assignment and she did not want to accept late assignments from students.

Zero written on paper
Please note:
If either of the other two methods (mentioned above) for entering a zero in the Grade Center are employed, the student will see a zero in My Grades, but will be able to take a test or submit an assignment. Again, only the method outlined above will prevent the student from submitting a Blackboard assignment or seeing a test.

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