Manage Grade Categories in Blackboard

You can assign categories to columns in the Blackboard Grade Center.  This is important when employing a weighted total grade and/or dropping the lowest grades.

Create Categories

1. Log into Blackboard

Log into Blackboard Learn at 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 expanded

 

4. Access categories

Click on the Manage button in the Action Bar across the top of the Grade Center.  Then select Categories from the drop-down menu.  A list of existing grade categories will appear on this page. 

Manage menu expanded

 

5. Create a category

To add additional categories as needed, click the Create Category button at the top of the page. 

Create Category button

 

6. Name the category

Fill in the name of the new category.  You can add an optional description.

Category name and description fields

 

7. Submit

Click the Submit button to finish creating the new category.
 

8. Repeat

Repeat Steps 5 through 7 to create each category as needed, then return to the Full Grade Center.
 

Assign categories to columns

You can assign categories to columns as you create them.  You can also categorize columns in bulk, described below.  

1. Manage column information

Click on the Manage button in the Action Bar across the top of the Grade Center.  Then select Column Organization from the drop-down menu.

Manage menu expanded

 

2. Select columns

Select the checkboxes next to the columns that you want to add to a single category.

Select columns

 

3. Assign category

Click the Change Category button at the bottom of the page, then select the desired category from the menu.

Select category

 

4. Repeat

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 as needed until all columns have been assigned the desired categories.
 

5. Submit

Click the Submit button to finish assigning categories.

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