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How to Export the Blackboard Grade Centre

If you wish to download your course’s Grade Centre, or a part of it, follow these instructions.

Access the Grade Centre

Access the Grade Centre

1. From your course Control Panel, access the Grade Centre.

Download

Download

2. Hover your mouse over Work Offline and choose Download.

Parts to download

Parts to download

3. Choose which parts of the Grade Centre you wish to download.

Options

Options

4. For delimiter type choose Tab.

5. If you do not wish to include hidden information choose No, otherwise leave it set to Yes.

6. Click on Submit.

Download

Download

7. Click on Download.

Open or Save

Open or Save

8. Click on Open to open the file, or on Save to save the file to your computer.

File Response Questions

File Response Questions allow students to upload files to answer a question. This should not be used for submission of essays, one of the e-submission methods should be used instead.

Add Question

Add Question

1. From your test canvas, select File Response from the drop down menu and click on Go.

Enter Question Text

Enter Question Text

2. Enter the question text.

Assign Point Value

Assign Point Value

3. Assign the number of points the question carries.

4. Choose Extra credit only according to your preference.
This option allows the you to make the questions an extra credit questions as opposed to a regular question. If this options is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions is answered incorrectly.

Enter Metadata

Enter Metadata

5. Add categories and keywords if you wish.

Submit

Submit

6. Click on Submit to finish.

Fill in the Blank Questions

Fill in the Blank Questions require the student to type in a single word answer.  This has to match the answer (and any variants) that you mark as correct.

Add Question

Add Question

1. From your test canvas, select Fill in the Blank from the Create Question menu.

Enter Question Text

Enter Question Text

2. Enter a question title and the question text.

Enter accepted answer(s)

Enter accepted answer(s)

3. Choose the number of answers that you will accept as correct using the drop down menu, then complete each answer. In the example above we can think of three ways someone might type in “Uni-Link”, so we allow for those variants but no others.

4. You may determine whether the answers should be case-sensitive i.e. students must match your answers in terms of where you have used upper and lower case characters by ticking the relevant box beside each answer.

Pattern Match

Pattern Match

5. You may also set a pattern match to allow more variation of answers within a framework that you determine.

The following is an extract from Blackboard’s instruction manual explaining the Pattern Match feature.

Pattern Match is an advanced technique that enables you to use regular expressions when specifying correct answers to allow for some variability in the answers that will be counted as correct. They enable you to count certain patterns as correct, rather than an exact text match. For example, regular expressions enable grading of the wide range of possible answers that are typical of scientific data.

In a regular expression, most characters in the string match only themselves and are called literals. Some characters have special meaning and are called metacharacters. You can conduct an internet search on regular expressions for a complete list.

Here are a few examples:
A dot (.) matches any single character except newline characters.
Brackets [ ] match anything inside the square brackets for one character.
A dash (-) inside square brackets allows you to define a range. For example, [0123456789] could be rewritten as [0-9].
A question mark (?) makes the preceding item in the regular expression optional. For example, Dec(ember)? will match Dec and December.

Simple string examples:
b.t – matches with bat, bet, but, bit, b9t because any character can take the place of the dot (.).
b[aeui]t matches bat, bet, but, bit.
b[a-z]t would accept any three-letter combination that begins with b and ends with t. A number would not be accepted as the second character.
[A-Z] matches any uppercase letter.
[12] matches the target character to 1 or 2.
[0-9] matches the target character to any number in the range 0 to 9.

When you select Pattern Match for an answer, you can click Check Pattern to open a new window where you test your pattern to be sure it will produce the results you want.

Enter Feedback

Enter Feedback

6. Enter feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

7. Add categories and keywords if you wish.

Submit

Submit

8. Click on Submit to finish.

Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions

Fill in Multiple Blanks Questions are like fill in the blank questions, but with more than one blank. Text is entered with variables in square brackets used to mark where blanks should be. Then the variables are matched with the answers.

Add Question

Add Question

1. From your test canvas, select Fill in Multiple Blanks from the drop down menu and click on Go.

Read instructions

Read instructions

2. Read the instructions carefully.

Enter Question Text

Enter Question Text

3. Enter the question text.  Use letters (variables) with square brackets around them to mark where the blanks will be in the text.  See the screenshot above for an example.

Assign Point Value

Assign Point Value

4. Assign the number of points the question carries.

5. Choose Extra credit only according to your preference.
This option allows the you to make the questions an extra credit questions as opposed to a regular question. If this options is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions is answered incorrectly.

Allow Partial Credit?

Allow Partial Credit?

6. If you wish for partially correct answers to receive any credit select Allow Partial Credit.

Next

Next

7. Click on Next to proceed to the next page.

Enter Answers

Enter Answers

8. Blackboard will display your question text, below which will appear empty text boxes for you to type in the answers that match the variable you used in the text.  If you will accept more than one word for the answer select the number of answers you will accept as correct and complete accordingly.  Answers will not be case-sensitive.

Next

Next

9. Click on Next to continue.

Enter Feedback

Enter Feedback

10. Enter feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

11. Add categories and keywords if you wish.

Submit

Submit

12. Click on Submit to finish.

Question in Test Canvas

Question in Test Canvas

13. Your question will appear, with the answers, in the test canvas.

Student View

Student View

14. This is how your question will appear to a student when taking a test.

Using Grade Centre Colour Codes

You may set the Grade Centre to automatically apply colour codes to cells based on criteria that you set.  This is similar to conditional formatting in Excel.  This feature can be useful to quickly identify good or poor scores in a large cohort.

Grade Centre

Grade Centre

1. From your course Control Panel open the Grade Centre.

Grading Colour Codes

Grading Colour Codes

2. Hover your mouse pointer over the Manage button and choose Grading Colour Codes.

Tick box

Tick box

3. Tick the box to Enable Grading Colour Codes.

Status

Status

4. If you wish you may set a colour to quickly show attempts that are in progress, need marking, or are exempt.  There are already icons for these so this is less useful.

Conditions

Conditions

5. Next you may set criteria for the colour used within cells that meet the criteria. To add a criteria click on Add Criteria. This screenshot shows an example of how the criteria may be set up.

6. Click on Submit to finish.

Example

Example

7. Here is an example of how the colour codes can look in the Grade Centre.

Either / Or Questions

Either / Or Questions require the student to choose from two possible answers. A choice of answers is available: Yes / No, True / False, Agree / Disagree, and Right / Wrong.

Add Question

Add Question

1. From your test canvas, select Either / Or from the drop down menu and click on Go.

Enter Question Text

Enter Question Text

2. Enter the question text.

Assign Point Value

Assign Point Value

3. Assign the number of points the question carries.

4. Choose Extra credit only according to your preference.
This option allows you to make the questions an extra credit questions as opposed to a regular question. If this options is selected points are added to the score if the question is answered correctly; no points are taken away if the questions is answered incorrectly.

Answer Orientation

Answer Orientation

5. Choose whether the answers should be displayed horizontally or vertically.

Choose Label and Answer

Choose Label and Answer

6. Choose the label from  Yes / No, True / False, Agree / Disagree, and Right / Wrong .

7. Select the correct answer.

Enter Feedback

Enter Feedback

7. Enter feedback for correct and incorrect answers.

8. Add categories and keywords if you wish.

Submit

Submit

9. Click on Submit to finish.