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Rearrange the Columns in the Grade Center

Why?

Because Bb Learn will place the columns in the Grade Center in the order in which they were created, rearranging the columns into a logical sequence is helpful for easy navigation.

How?

1. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Column Organization.

2. On the left of each row there is a four-headed arrow on a manila-colored square. Click and hold the arrow and drag and drop the row to the appropriate spot in the Grade Center.

3. Continue until all of the grade columns are in the order that works best for you.

Place Columns into Categories

Why?

Adding a category to a column will allow for the easy calculation of running averages for student grades.

How?

  1. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Column Organization.
  2. Scan the third column from the left called Categories. Make sure that each column is in the correct category.
  3. Select the check box to the left of the row and assign categories.
  4. Change incorrectly associated categories or add categories to columns without them. Click the button labeled as Change Category To and from the drop-down menu select the appropriate category.
  5. If there is no category that fits the column type, submit what work has been done and return to the Full Grade Center.
  6. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Categories.
  7. In the Category window select Create Category and add the missing category. For example, you may have oral reports as a main graded component of the coursework. Adding an Oral Report category allows you to organize those columns.
  8. Return to the Column Organization area of the Grade Center and add the uncategorized columns to the newly created category selections.

Lock the Students’ Running Average into Place

Why?

As the Grade Center columns expand over the semester, it will require more scrolling to easily see the students' running averages.

How?

  1. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Column Organization.
  2. On the left of each row there is a four-headed arrow on a manila-colored square. Click and hold the arrow and drag and drop the row above the gray bar positioned under the students’ last names.
  3. Everything above the gray bar is a frozen column. When scrolling in the Grade Center this column will stay in place next to the student names.

Hide Irrelevant Columns

Why?

Eliminating clutter from your view makes it easier to scroll through important columns

How?

  1. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Column Organization.
  2. Select the check box in front of all of the columns you wish to hide from view. Select Hide Selected Columns. NOTE: This will not only hide the columns from you, but will also hide them from students.
  3. Commonly hidden columns are: Username, Student ID, Last Access, and Availability.
  4. Hidden columns can be returned to view by repeating the same process and selecting Show Selected Columns.

Colorize Grade Center Cells

Why?

Bb Learn allows instructors to colorize cells according to specific grade ranges or status. Once the color codes are set an instructor can visually review data for the entire Grade Center or a specific column and easily spot grades such as F’s or A’s.

How?

  1. While in the Full Grade Center, click on the Manage button. From the drop-down menu, click on Grading Color Codes.
  2. Select the check box for Enable Grading Color Codes.
  3. In the Grade Ranges section click Add Criteria to create a color rule.
  4. In the Criteria drop-down menu select Between, More Than or Less Than.
  5. Type a percentage in the box(es).
  6. In the Color Coding Options, click the Background Color column and access the color swatches. Select a color and click Apply to save it. Do the same with a text color change if needed.
  7. The Grade Center page will appear after you save the settings and colors will be applied to the affected cells.
  8. To turn off the color-coding click the Hide Color Coding button on the top right of the Grade Center. To enable the colors re-click the same button. It will now say Show Color Coding.