During the Semester

We are working on tutorials for setting up different learning activities in Bb. In the meantime, here are our instructions for making each learning activity count towards the weighted total for the appropriate grading category as well as for the weighted total.

Before starting, make sure that you followed the instructions of our Before the Start of the Semester tutorial and/or that:

  1. you created a series of weighted and calculated columns, one for each grading category in the grading scheme on your syllabus;
  2. you let the names of these weighted and calculated columns start with the % symbol.

(The % symbol indicates that a column displays grades that result from a calculation. This calculation, while performed by Bb (yay!,) is based on grades that you will need to record in non-calculated columns.  As you will see, the “%” mark also makes it easy to distinguish the weighted calculated columns from the non-weighted non calculated ones, and that comes in handy, as these non weighted non-calculated columns are the only ones in which you actually are able to record grades.)

Below are two scenarios. Take a look at your Grade Center, identify the scenario that applies, and follow the instructions:

Scenario 1

You look at your Grade Center and you only see weighted “%” columns.  In this scenario, you will need to take the following 3 steps for each of your learning activities:

Step 1: Create a grade column

In the Course Management section, your “kitchen area,” open the Grade Center tab, click on the Full Grade Center link, then on the Create Column button in the action bar. Select your options but leave the default “no category” option as is. Click on Submit. Back in the Full Grade Center, you may need to use the scroll bar to see your newly created column, as Bb placed it by default at the very end of the spreadsheet. If you want to move it elsewhere in the Center, in the action bar, click on Manage, then on Column Organization and re-order your columns. Don’t forget to click on… Submit!

Step 2: Record grades and leave feedback

In the Full Grade Center, in your newly created column, click inside a cell and record your grade, press enter to save. If you want to also post feedback, click on the hidden action button next to the grade you just posted and select “Quick Comment.” Click Submit to save your comment.  Yay!

Step 3: Make sure that Bb counts the grades correctly both in the correct calculated column and in the total. 

In the Full Grade Center, go to the “%” column in which Bb should calculate and weigh the grades you recorded in your newly created column. Click on the action button on the right of the %column name, then on “Edit Column Information” and scroll down to the “Select Columns” section. In the “Columns to Select” box, select the newly created grade column, and use the arrow to move it to the “Selected Columns” box on the right. Make the column count for 100% and leave all remaining options as is. Click on Submit, and OK all warnings. 

You’re done. Take a look at the %column you just set up: the grades in this column now reflect the grades earned by students at this point in the semester for that particular grading category. Next, look at the weighted total column: the grades there now reflect the (final) course grade earned so far. 

Scenario 2

You look at your Full Grade Center and you see both weighted columns--the ones with the “%” mark--and other, non marked, columns.  (Note that you may need to use the scroll bar at the bottom of the Grade Center to see these non marked columns if you have not re-ordered your Grade Center. To re-order your columns now, in the action bar, click on Manage, then on Column Organization and re-order to your heart's content.) 

Below is what you need to do to make sure that Bb counts the grades correctly, both in the correct calculated column and in the weighted total column.  

In the Full Grade Center, go to the “%” column in which Bb should calculate the grades you recorded in a non marked column. Click on the action button on the right of the %column name, then on “Edit Column Information” and scroll down to the “Select Columns” section. In the “Columns to Select” box, select the newly created grade column, and use the arrow to move it to the “Selected Columns” box on the right. Make the column count for 100% and leave all remaining options as is. Click on Submit, and OK all warnings. 

You’re done. Take a look at the %column you just set up: the grades in this column now reflect the grades earned by students at this point in the semester for that particular grading category. Next, look at the weighted total column: the grades there now reflect the (final) course grade earned so far.