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In this article we will learn how to create a letter grade column in Blackboard as well as adjusting the numeric ranges for the grades. Review the steps in this article to find out more.


Creating Columns

1.Open the Grade Center and hover over the Create Calculated Column button, click Total Column.
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A new Create Total Column Screen should appear.
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2.Enter your column name and Grade Center Display Name
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3.Select Letter as your primary display.
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4.Under the Select Columns section, click the radio button “Selected Columns and Categories”.
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5.Select the column with the correct total points for your course. You can use the one Blackboard created for you or one you created yourself. Just make sure the total points are correct!
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6.Now click the button with an arrow pointing to right to use this column in our calculations. Make sure the column you want to use is highlighted.
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7.Now you have some options to finish off our column creation. The image below is shows you how I would normally set up a
Letter column. If you have questions about these options, let me know.
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8.Now click Submit

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Your new column will now appear on the far right side of the Grade Center. It should be displaying letter grades if you have graded any of your student’s assignments.


Editing Numeric Ranges

Follow the steps below to edit the numeric ranges associated with letter grades

1.Open the Grade Center and hover over the Manage button, click Grading Schemas.
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A new Grading Schemas screen should appear.
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2.Click the button next to Letter with the two down arrows external image createlettergradecol_clip_image006.jpg. Then click “Edit”.
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A new Edit Grading Schema screen should appear.
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3.We will focus on the left side column, Grades Scored Between in the Schema Mapping section as we are basing our Letter grades on a calculated total.
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Note: The “Grades Manually Entered” column is only relevant when you want to just give score an assignment with purely a letter grade. I do not advise grading assignment like this.


Default Grade Ranges

By default, the basic grade ranges are:
  • 90% and above = A
  • 80% and above = B
  • 70% and above = C
  • 60% and above = D
  • 59% and below = F

If these ranges do not fit your course, you can change them. I advised starting at the top (ie. A+ grades) and working your way down. You will see how each change affects the range below it.

For an example, let’s try changing the A+ range to 97% - 100% to 95% - 100%.

This is how our range looks by default:
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Click the box with “97” in it and change it to “95”.
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You will notice that with this change, the text in the “A” range changed to “% and Less than 95” from the default “% and Less than 97”. This is why you want to work from a top down approach.
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4.Continue down the list and edit the ranges as needed to fit the grading for your course.

You can change the text in the “Will Equal” field if you would like. The best use of changing the default text is to not emphasize pluses or minuses in your course (ie. no A+ or A-).

This is how it looks by default:
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To change the “A+” text click the box like you did for the numeric value and change the text.
Here is how the column should look to remove pluses and minuses from your “A” range.
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The Grading Schema columns are setup using a default number of rows. This is one row.
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In most cases, the number of rows will be sufficient for your course.
If you need to remove a row, click the “Delete Row” button.
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If you need to add a row, click the arrow button between two rows.
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This will add a row in between the two rows.
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Note: When you add or remove a row, the grading ranges get messed up. Always, after creating or deleting a row, make sure your grade ranges match up to what you need.

When you are finished setting up your numeric ranges and your associated letter values, click “Submit”
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Updated by Steven Quirk 10/29/13