Module 5: Grading Assignments, Discussions, and Tests

Grading in Blackboard - Overview

One of your TA roles may be to grade student work that is submitted to blackboard. Instructors might set up Assignments, Quizzes, Tests, and Discussions in Blackboard where students will submit or post their work. You can grade these submissions from Blackboard, and provide feedback to students. Some instructors use Blackboard's Rubric tool which will allow you to grade with specific criteria. Grades and feedback will be populated in the Grade Center, and available to students in the My Grades tool if the instructor has added that tool.

Grading Assignments

Assignment submissions in Blackboard can be graded inline if they were originally submitted as a PDF file. The BB Annotate tool provides a convenient way to mark-up student papers with comments, highlights and other annotations. To grade an assignment:

  1. Click Grade Center > Needs Grading
  2. Click on the student's name
  3. Use the toolbar at the top to mark-up their submission, adding comments, highlights, writing, etc..
  4. Add the grade and general feedback into the boxes on the right
  5. Click Submit

Grading Discussions

Discussions forums in Blackboard can be graded via Needs Grading tool or by clicking on Discussion Board > Forum name and then clicking on Grade Discussion Forum button.

To grade discussions:

  1. Click on Grade Center > Needs grading
  2. Click on the student's name
  3. All of their discussion posts and replies for the specific forum you are grading will appear.
  4. Enter the grade and general feedback into the boxes on the right
  5. Click Submit to save

Grading Tests

Quizzes and Tests are automatically graded by Blackboard if they have multiple choice, true/false, fill in the blank type questions. If a test has an essay or another type of question that needs to be manually graded.

To grade a test:

  1. Click Grade Center > Needs Grading
  2. Click on the student's name
  3. All questions that need grading will show up an orange exclamation mark icon
  4. Enter the question score into the box on the right and specific comments into the box below (if needed/available)
  5. Click Save and Next button to grade the next student's test submission

Go to Module 6: The Grade Center