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Find your way around Grade Centre

1. Introduction

This guide is to help staff understand and use Grade Centre.

What is Grade Centre?

Grade Centre is like a spreadsheet that sits within a module, containing student marks for all online assessments, Grade Centre is not visible to students. 

Staff and Student view of grades

Student view of their grades are visible via the Provisional Grades link in your module menu (Only if it is unhidden including the assignment column in Grade Centre; a manual setting that allows greater control when releasing grades), find out more about releasing grades to students and Provisional Grades.

Staff are unable to see the view from a student perspective in Provisional Grades when in student mode, please contact Digital Learning Service if you would like to check if students can see their grades.

2. Access Grade Centre

Grade Centre is only available to staff in the menu under Module Management. 

a. Click Grade Centre

Grade Centre_Full Grade Centre_navigation from Module Menu

b. The Grade Centre section contains four default links (although you can add more). The following explains 

Needs Marking: This page shows a list of items (e.g. assessments and tests) ready for marking.

*Full Grade Centre: This displays everything. A spreadsheet of all student marks and submissions waiting to be graded (NB: does not show Turnitin assignments submissions waiting to be graded, go to Module Tools> Turnitin Direct Assignments to view submissions).

Assignments: A filter focused on Blackboard Assignments only within your module.

Tests: A filter focused on Tests only within your module.

*Click Full Grade Centre, you will be taken to the grid which contains columns of all students and all assessments set up in the module.  

c. To view all students (rows) and all assessments (columns) use the scroll bars across the bottom and right side of the grid.

Grade Centre scroll bars bottom and right of grid to view all columns assignments and rows to view Students

A key to the meaning of the icons in the columns is available by clicking on the button 'Icon Legend' (bottom right of grid).

Icon legend - describes what each icon represents in Grade Centre

3. Grade Centre columns (default)

a. Grade Centre contains a default set of columns:

Order of Student information is in alphabetical order by Last name followed by First name, Username, Student ID (e.g. c-number), these columns can be hidden or reverse sorted by clicking in the column header area.  Other columns provide other information that may be important:

  • Last Access: The last time the student accessed the module.
  • AvailabilityIf not available in the module, they won't be able to access the module, this can be changed by editing the settings under 'Available to users'.
  • Weighted Total: Allows you to add weight to assignments, this column then shows the weighted mark. See our weighted total guide for more information.
  • Total: Calculates the sum of all the assignments that have been marked per student in each row. NB: A green tick is by default and is only visible at the top of this column, the total column can be hidden from students by clicking the down arrow (action link):
    Grade Centre default Columns_Total_green tick symbol

b.  A column is automatically created for every time you set up a marked/graded assessment in the module (assessment types: Turnitin, Blackboard Assignment, Blog, Discussion Board, Test, Survey etc.). Please note: Turnitin assignments are graded in Feedback Studio and the marks pull through to Grade Centre automatically.

c. Edit columns: Next to the headings of each column there is a down arrow (action link) - hover your curser.  You can find extra settings for each column to allow you to modify it such as: Hide from students, Column Statistics, View Grade History etc.  

4. Create additional columns

You can create a Grade Centre column to record external marks, such as marks for a performance. This keeps all marks for your module in one place.

a. In Grade Centre, click Create column.

Create Column button in Grade Centre

b. Complete the information required to set up the column.

  • Column Name: Required field. The name of the assessment (only the first 15 characters are displayed in Grade Centre).
  • Grade Centre Name: Optional, if you don't type anything here, the first 15 characters of the Column Name will display in Grade Centre.
  • Description: Optional. This may help other instructors identify the purpose of the column.
  • Primary Display: The grade format shown in Grade Centre AND to students.
  • Secondary Display: Optional, the grade format shown in Grade Centre.
  • Category: Optional. The type of assessment. This is useful for Smart Views.
  • Points Possible: Required field. The total marks available for the assessment.
  • Associated Rubrics: Optional. See our rubrics guide for more information.
  • Due Date: Optional.
  • Include this Column in Grade Centre Calculations: Yes or No. If Yes, be aware that the marks you add to this column will be included in calculations for the Total column.
  • Show this Column to Students: Yes or No. Select No if you want to hide the column from students. Our guide to showing/hiding columns contains more information.
  • Show Statistics: Yes or No. This controls whether students can see additional statistics in My Grades. 

c. Click Submit.

d. You can enter marks for your new column manually, or use our guide to uploading marks from a spreadsheet.

5. Grade Centre reports

You can create custom reports based on Grade Centre data. Reports are read-only.

a. Open Grade Centre and click Reports

Grade Centre Reports button

b. Complete the report Header Information section.

  • Report name: Type a name for your report (required)
  • Date: The date you are creating the report
  • Institution name: Leeds Beckett University
  • Module information: The module name and ID
  • Name of users by role: This is read-only
  • Custom text: Any other text you would like to include in the header

Header information section

c. In the Users section, you can include All Users, or choose from a list of users enrolled on your module (press and hold Ctrl to select multiple users from the list).

Users section

d. In the User Information section, tick the boxes for the fields you want to include. The available options are First Name, Last Name, Username, Student ID, Last Access.

User information section

e. For Columns, select the Grade Centre columns you want to include in the report.

Columns section

f. For Column Information, tick if you want to include the column Description, Due Date and Statistics in the report. Name and Grade are included by default.

Column information section

g. Complete the report Footer Information section. You can:

  • Type Custom Text to appear at the bottom of the report.
  • Add a Signature Line.
  • Include the Date.
  • Include Module Information.
Footer information section

6. Grade History

Grade History allows you to download a table of data listing attempts and marks for all assessments in Grade Centre.

a. In Grade Centre, click Reports

Grade Centre Reports button

b. Click View Grade History

c. Click Download

d. Click Submit.

e. You can open the downloaded file in Excel and use sorts/filters to find the information you require.

7. Further Resources

You may find these links to related guides useful: 

Create weighted columns

Student view of grades is via Provisional Grades:


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Page last updated: 11/03/2021

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