The Blackboard Grade Center is designed to help instructors maintain a detailed and organized record of students' performance in course activities and assessments. It is essentially a Web-based spreadsheet application customized for instructional use. Still, the main advantages to using the Grade Center have to do with facilitating assessment and the ability to share information with students.
Before You Start Teaching a Course in Blackboard
If you know ahead of time that you will be teaching extensively in Blackboard, you should plan for how you will use the Grade Center, but you don’t necessarily have to set it all up at the onset. Consider the following:
After You Have Started Teaching a Course Outside of Blackboard
It’s possible to start teaching a regular classroom course in the usual way and then decide to use Blackboard or the Grade Center later in the semester. Even if you record grades outside of Blackboard for an entire semester, the Grade Center can save you time and minimize errors when you calculate final grades. It also lets you give students feedback on course activities from a single location. However, there are some caveats: