Create Grade Columns in Blackboard

You can manually create grade columns for any items which are not submitted through Blackboard.  Once columns are created, you can type in grades for students.  

Note that when you create graded activities in Blackboard (including assignments, tests, discussion boards, etc.), corresponding grade columns will be automatically created in the Grade Center.

1. LOG INTO BLACKBOARD

Log into Blackboard Learn through learn.kent.edu or through Flashline.
 

2. ENTER YOUR COURSE

Click on the name of your course to access it.
 

3. ACCESS THE FULL GRADE CENTER

In the Control Panel, click to expand the Grade Center section.  Then click the Full Grade Center link.

Grade Center menu expanded

 

4. CREATE COLUMN

In the Action Bar across the top of the page, click the Create Column button.

Create Column button

 

5. NAME THE COLUMN

Required: Fill in the column name.  You can also add an optional shortened Grade Center display name to appear as a column heading, and an optional description to appear on your students' My Grades page.
 

6. SET DISPLAY TYPE

Required: Select primary and secondary display types (whether you want the grade to display as a score, percentage, letter, etc.).  The primary display is visible to instructors and students; the secondary display is only visible to instructors.
 

7. SELECT CATEGORY

Optional: Select a category if applicable.  Categories are important if you are using a weighted grade system or if you are dropping a low grade.
 

8. ASSIGN POINT VALUE

Required: Enter the maximum number of points for the grade item.   Notes: If you are grading everything on a percentage or letter grade basis, you can enter 100 points.  If the column is for extra credit, enter 0 points.
 

9. ATTACH RUBRIC

Optional: Attach a grading rubric if applicable.
 

10. SET DUE DATE

Optional: Set a due date and time if applicable.
 

11. SET OPTIONS

Set the following options as desired:

  • Include this Column in Grade Center Calculations: The grade for this item will be included in your Total column — change to No to exclude this column from the Total.
  • Show this Column to Students: Set to Yes to make the column visible to students; set to No to make the column visible only to the instructor.
  • Show Statistics for this column to Students in My Grades: Set whether or not students can see overall class statistics for this grade item.
     

12. SUBMIT

Once you have selected all of your desired options, click the Submit button to finish creating the column.  The grade column will display at the far right of your grade center (you may have to scroll to the right to view).

Column options

 

Updated June 2019 by Katie Baer, M.Ed., Instructional Designer