Office Of Smith IT
Smith School of Business
Van Munching Hall, Rm 3520
College Park, MD 20742
(for Blackboard Requests)
Mon-Fri (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Using Blackboard Gradebook (Grade Center)
Blackboard Grade Center helps faculty check and
grade student online assignments, test, presentations, etc.
Check the above documents to guide you use Gradebook. The
tips below highlighted a few areas that you may interested.
Hide a Gradebook
You may want to hide an item in Gradebook from student view
from time to time. To do so, go to Modify Column
from the item dropdown arrow
then select "No" for the Options "Show
this column in My Grades" (see in the screen-shot).
Then only you and your TA can see this column in Gradebook,
students will not see such item in My Grades
page from course menu.
If you do not want to see an item in Gradebook in your
you can hidden the item by going to Manage >
Organize Grade Center in Gradebook.
and Uploading Grades to BB Course:
To upload grades to your BB course in Gradebook area, you
will need to download the Gradebook data in you course
first, (so that the student identifications in your file
could match whatever in your online course). Here is the
steps that you want to follow. Detailed instructions can be
found in the above
In Depth Guide
1). Download current Gradebook data: Go to
your course Control Panel -> Gradebook -> dropdown arrow on
Please make sure that the Gradebook items only contains
letters, numbers and underscore, no special characters. Or
you may encounter error when trying to upload grades.
2). Modify or add scores to the downloaded Excel
Note that the Total and Weighted Total columns are included
in a Gradebook download. However, these columns will not be
included in a Gradebook Upload because they are generated by
calculations within the Gradebook. The instructor cannot
manipulate the data for these areas.
3). Upload the Gradebook to the course.
Click on dropdown arrow on Manage icon
With a one-minute setup, instructors can use "Smart View"
feature in Blackboard to create a display of the spreadsheet
that shows only those students associated with a specific
section. It is especially useful in multiple section courses
by helping faculty to Manage Student Grades by Sections
At each end of semester, instructor can upload your final
grades in Gradebook to UMEG by following the instruction
When a student leaves the University, their grade
information is no longer
accessible from Blackboard even when the course is still
visible. Make it a practice to download your Grade Center to
Excel at the end of every semester to
Backup Grades in your BB Gradebook
When try to upload a Microsoft Word or PowerPoint file as an
attachment, make sure your file name does not contains
special characters (such as = ! , \ "
' # @ ( ) space), or
you may get an error message.
When you create columns in the Gradebook or ask students to
submit digital Assignments, file naming convention is also
important to note. Warn your students about it, and don't
use them in your Gradebook Column names, to avoid the