The assessment takes place outside of Blackboard

Some assessments e.g. live performances, oral presentations, class tests or the creation of artefacts, cannot be submitted through Blackboard.

However, it is still possible to use online marking to provide a grade and feedback for the students.

If you would like to use online marking in this way please speak to one of the Learning Technologists. They will be able to create a column in the grade centre relating to your assessment.

How to enter grades in a created column

Hover over the cell where you want to enter a grade, click the down arrow then choose View Grade Details from the menu that appears.

The next screen allows you to enter the grade and to provide feedback for the student.

Select Save to store the grade.

You will be taken to a summary screen of the information you have just entered. 

Select Return to Grade Centre to add a grade to the next student record.

Using a rubric

Rubrics are sometimes used by Module Organisers. 

A rubric is a tool to evaluate, in this case, summative work. Some are based on the Senate scale, and some are tailored to a particular discipline or assessment. 

Existing rubrics

To continue using a rubric that is in Word or Excel (or other software) template, attach the completed rubric as a file attachment to the overall student feedback.

See Attaching a feedback file for step by step guidance.

Interactive rubrics in Blackboard

Alternatively, you can create an interactive rubric on Blackboard and apply it to your assessment.

For more information about what is possible with rubrics, please see Blackboard’s Rubrics section.

Please be aware that if you have not created one before, setting up a rubric can be a time consuming process, so allow plenty of time.

If you would like to arrange some training so that you can create and use an interactive rubric for your module, please speak to one of the Learning Technologists.

Combining multiple assessments into one mark

Sometimes a mark is made up from 2 or more smaller assessments.

As it will be recorded as a single assessment in e:Vision, only one submission point will be automatically generated to store that single mark. 

Your process for this combination format is:

Step 1 is for the multiple component assessments to be marked. 

Step 2 is for a calculated column to combine (with appropriate weighting) the results of the multiple assessments into a single mark.  

Step 3 is for the calculated column to be mapped to the automatically generated submission point that carries the grades to e:Vision

If you are planning to use this type of assessment, please speak to a Learning Technologist. They will help to set up your assessments and the grade centre so that scores are combined in the right way and stored in the correct location in the grade centre to allow for the transfer of grades from Blackboard to e:Vision. 

Please note: it is essential that markers record a score of zero for non-submission of any component assessments otherwise the calculation of the final mark will not be accurate. 

Beyond file submission: Marking other assessment types

The standard submission for online marking is for students to submit a file using the Assignment Tool in Blackboard. This is the most common form of assessment and has the highest degree of automation.

Other assessment types require further configuration of the grade centre, to allow for the transfer of grades from Blackboard to e:Vision. 

Other assessment types

It may be more appropriate for your teaching to use a different tool with which to assess your students. 

Some examples might be:

  • Portfolios
  • Journals
  • Discussion boards
  • Wikis
  • Tests

If you are planning to use one of these types of assessments, please speak to a Learning Technologist. The configuration of the grade centre will be completed on your behalf following a discussion about your assessment task. You can also arrange training on how to mark and provide feedback in the context of your chosen assessment type.

Get additional training

Additional training is provided by the Centre for Technology Enhanced Learning (at the top of the ITCS building). We have a series of training sessions and webinars that you can attend. For more information and to book please click here.

Report an issue

We hope that this article was helpful. If you require further assistance please log an issue with the IT Service Desk and the Learning Technology Team will get back to you as soon as possible.