Calculating Grades in Blackboard Learn (How-to)

Calculating grades in Learn Ultra Courses is vastly different from Learn Original courses.  In Learn Ultra Courses you have the ability to build formulas to meet your specific needs. 

See Calculating Grades to learn more.

Assigning Automatic Zeros in Blackboard Learn Ultra Courses

Learn Ultra Courses allow you to assign automatic zeros if the assignment or assessment have a due date that has passed and no work has been submitted.  See Assigning Automatic Zeros to learn more information.

Drop the Lowest Score in Blackboard Learn

Ultra Courses

In order for the lowest score or scores to be dropped from a student's grades, you must create at least one Category in the Grade Center. A Category is created to group multiple grade columns of the same activity type. The newly created Category should include the Grade Center columns from which the dropped scores will be identified.


1. Building Categories

Find more information on Creating and Managing Gradebook Categories

2. Using Categories to Drop the Lowest Score from a Group of Columns

  1. From the Gradebook, click on Settings, then Overall Grade. The overall grade must be setup to Select how the overall grade is calculated: Grade Category Weights.
  2. For each of the categories listed, click Add Rule, click Enable.
  3. Select Drop Scores from the options in the Assignment Category panel and enter a number of items to drop, then Continue.

3. Ensure all Columns are a Part of the Total Grade Calculation

  1. Create categories for all other grading columns not included in the dropping process.

Original Courses

In order for the lowest score or scores to be dropped from a student's grades, you must create at least one Category in the Grade Center. A Category is created to group multiple grade columns of the same activity type. The newly created Category should include the Grade Center columns from which the dropped scores will be identified.


1. Building Categories

Please use the linked resource to find more information on creating and assigning Grade Center Categories to specific columns.

2. Using Categories to Drop the Lowest Score from a Group of Columns

  1. From the Grade Center, edit either the Total or Weighted Column. (One of each is included by default in the Grade Center. To edit the column, click the drop down arrow next to the column name and select Edit Column Information).
  2. In the Select Columns section, under the Categories to Select box on the left, select each category (predetermined by the faculty member and/or syllabus) that will have scores dropped. By clicking the right-pointing arrow on the bottom, move the category titles to the Selected Columns box on the right.
  3. In the Selected Columns box on the right, enter the number of grades to be dropped from that category.

3. Ensure all Columns are a Part of the Total Grade Calculation

There are two options for completing this task. Either: 

  1. Create categories for all other grading columns not included in the dropping process and move any used categories to the Selected Column box on the right.

-OR-

  1. Select the remaining individual grading columns in the Columns to Select box use the right-pointing arrow on the top to move the columns to the Selected Columns box. NOTE: Do not include the columns associated with a selected category, as this will include the points twice in the Total calculation. 

  2. Click Submit when finished.

DISCLAIMER: If the lowest grade is dropped in a category where there are only two grades, the total grade will not be calculated if one of the two items are not complete.

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Article ID: 68518
Created
Thu 12/6/18 4:31 PM
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Thu 7/29/21 2:39 PM