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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.

Action Bar: Contains functions and drop-down lists specific to the current page, such as   Create Column, Create Calculated Column, Manage, Reports, Filter and Work Offline.

Action barGrade Information Bar: Point to a Grade Centre column title and details appear in the area below the action bar and above the grid. You can also see when data was last saved.

Grade Information Bar

Icon Legend: Explanation of the symbols used in the cells.

Icon legend

Edit Rows Displayed:  You can change the number of rows in the grid. Type a number between 5 and 50, and click  Go .

Rows displayed

2. Access Grade Centre

Grade Centre is only available to staff. For help with releasing marks to students, see our guide.

a. In the Module Management menu at the bottom left of the screen, click Grade Centre.


b. The Grade Centre section contains four default links, although you can add more.

  • Needs Marking: This page shows a list of items (e.g. assessments and tests) ready for marking.
  • Full Grade Centre: A spreadsheet of student marks for assessments within your module.
  • Assignments: A filter focused on Blackboard assignments within your module.
  • Tests: A filter focused on tests within your module.

Grade Centre links

c. Click Full Grade Centre.

3. Grade Centre columns (default)

a. Grade Centre contains a default set of columns:

  • Last Name: Contains the student's surname.
  • First Name: Contains the student's first name.
  • Username: Contains the student's Username.
  • Student ID: Contains the Student ID.
  • Last Access: The last time the student accessed the module.
  • AvailabilityIf a student is not available, they won't be able to access the module.
  • Weighted Total: Allows you to add weight to assignments, then shows the weighted mark. See our weighted total guide for more information.
  • Total: Calculates the sum of the assignments that have been marked per student.

b. Every time you create a marked assessment in the module (Turnitin, Blackboard Assignment, Blog, Discussion Board etc.) a column is automatically created for it.

c. You can find extra settings for each column (Column Statistics, View Grade History etc. by clicking the action link (down arrow) next to each column title.

Action link menu

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.

Reports menu button

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.

Reports menu 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.

Reports menu button

b. Click View Grade History.

History option

c. Click Download.

Download button

d. Click Submit.

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

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Page last updated: 21/05/2020

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