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Instructional Design Studio


From syllabus to Grade Center

Blackboard's Grade Center is a powerful, easy-to-use tool that can help you track student performance in any course. In this class we'll start with a syllabus and build out a full Grade Center from there. We'll talk about some schemes for using Blackboard to track face-to-face activities like participation and attendance. We'll look at different ways to manage categories that have lots of columns, and we'll discuss how the Grade Center can be set up to help you easily identify and contact students who are underperforming. Bring your own syllabus questions and so we can figure out solutions together!


You'll need a syllabus and a course site to take full advantage of this session. Contact IDS if you need a development shell set up.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Set up grade center columns
  • Collect and score assignments through the Grade Center
  • Use Smart Views and Filters to quickly locate columns in large Grade Centers
  • Set up calculated columns to aggregate multicolumn assessments
  • Create custom categories
  • Set up a Weighted Total column

Delivery method: Instructor led

Delivery type: Traditional (Face-to-face, one or more sessions)
Single session

Upcoming sessions


Facilitator: Nathan Blume

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Facilitator: Nathan Blume

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm

Facilitator: Russell Davidson

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Facilitator: Russell Davidson

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm


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