College of DuPage

Blackboard Release 9 - What's NEW?

Grade Center

Where do I find it?


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What's new about it?

The main functions of the Grade Center are essentially the same as the grade center in Blackboard 8, however some additional features have been added:

  • Reorganized Menus. The "Action Bar" options have been re-organized to be consistent with action bars across the system.
  • Grade Blogs and Journals. Journals and Blogs can now be graded for individuals and for Groups. For more information, see Blogs and Journals.
  • Rubrics for Grading and Completing Assignments. Instructors can create a Rubric to provide guidelines for grading an item. Instructors can associate the Rubric to a grading column and view the Rubric while assigning a grade. The Rubric needs to include how many entries will be required, the minimum length of entries, and the grading criteria. Students, however, do not see the Rubric.
  • Anonymous Grading. Instructors can grade assignment and test attempts while information identifying the student is hiddent. Only after the grade for the attempt has been submitted will the identity of the student be displayed. Many believe anonymous grading is less prone to bias or favoritism on the part of the Instructor. It also serves as a protection for instructors who may be subject to a complaint of unfair grading.
  • Grade by Question Attempt. Question-by-question grading accommodates Instructors whose preferred to enter grades by question for all students as opposed to by all questions by a student.
  • Smart Views. As with Blackboard version 8, instructors can use Smart Views to view specific information and data as desired in the Grade Center. New system views include viewing only Assignments, Assessments, Blogs, Discussion Boards, or Journals. These views can be customized so that instructors may select criteria of categories, status types, or users. Instructors can also create custom Smart Views with different variations on these configurations. Instructors can designate any system or custom Smart View as a favorite, which will result in it displaying in the Control Panel. By doing this, Instructors can directly access their preferred views from the Control Panel without having to enter the Grade Center and then select a Smart View. By default, Smart View favorites for Assignments and Tests are available on the Control Panel. In addition, the Full Grade Center is now accessible from the Control Panel.
  • Grade Center Row Display. The Grade Center structures itself automatically to the available browser space but an instructor can define a minimum number of rows to display regardless of browser size or screen resolution.
  • Student Notifications of New Grades. Students will automatically receive notifications of new or changed grades posted by the instructor.

How do I use it?

  • Start by turning Edit Mode ON in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Go to the Control Panel and click Evaluation and select Grade Center.


Getting Started with the Grade Center (7 MB .pdf file)

Customizing the Grade Center View (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Creating Smart Views (Blackboard - 3.5 minute video)

Creating a Grade Rule (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Viewing Grade Details (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Anonymous Grading (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Creating Grading Notes (Blackboard - 1.5 minute video)

Creating a Grade Center Report (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Creating a Grading Rubric (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Downloading Assignments (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Grading Assessments Question by Question (Blackboard - 2 minute video)

Viewing and Downloading Grade History (Blackboard - 1.5 minute video)

Color Code the Grade Center (Blackboard - 3 minute video)

Working Offline with the Grade Center (Blackboard - 4 minute video)

Learn More

Contextual Menus
Control Panel
Course Availability
Course Copy
Course Design Settings
Course Menu
Course Tools
Discussion Board
Edit Mode
Grade Center
Learning Modules
Student Home Pages
Textbook Information

NEW Tools

Course Files
Course Home Page
My Places
Question Finder