Blackboard Academic Suite Instructor Manual
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Grade Center Features
The Grade Center is a central repository for assessment data, student information, and instructor notes. It is also an interactive communications and reporting tool that can assist students,instructors, administrators, and other stakeholders to understand student progress and makeinformed decisions on how to improve educational performance.
Interaction with other Systems
The Grade Center interacts with many systems in the Blackboard Academic Suite. Understandinghow and where these interactions happen provides a comprehensive view of the Grade Center and offers information to help users take full advantage of the functionality and features of thistool.The following table explains Grade Center and its interaction with other Academic Suite systemsand features:
Area InteractionCourse Content
Assignments, Assessments, and Discussion Board itemsthat have been marked for a grade each generateColumns in the Grade Center automatically. Items thathave a due date can be assigned a Grading Periodautomatically based on that date. For more information onadding graded items automatically to the Grade Center seeAdding Columns to the Grade Center . For moreinformation on Grading Periods seeCreating GradingPeriods.
Early Warning System
The Early Warning System is a rule driven communicationfeature that can send email messages to students andtheir observers when criteria of the rule are met. For example, a rule can be set to send email to any studentwho scores below a 60 on an exam. The score enteredinto the Grade Center, whether automatically or manually,spawns the message.
An Observer can log in and access their ObservedStudent’s grades as recorded and released in the GradeCenter. This can be enabled through Course Settings.
View Grades Tool
When Instructors release grades to students for viewing,students can access the Grade Center using the ViewGrades tool from the My Institution tab. A list of coursesthe students are enrolled in will appear. When studentsclick the name of the course, they are taken to thecourse’s View Grades page of the Grade Center.
My Grades Course Tool
When instructors release grades to students for viewing,students can click the My Grades tool within their courseto access the View Grades page of the Grade Center.