We have an instructor who assigns weekly essays. If they complete 10 during the semester they obtain 20 points, less than 10 no credit. Is there a way to set this up automatically in the Blackboard Grade Center?
Nola Coulson, Duquesne University
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I'm afraid I could not come up with a way to do that automatically.
If there were only 10 essays possible, you could set them each up to be worth 20 points but not include them in the total grade, then create a "Cumulative Essay Grade" that is a "minimum" calculated column among those 10 essays (so if they got 20 on all of them, they would get 20 for the cumulative essay grade, but if they got 0 for one of the essays they would get 0 on the cumulative grade).
However, since there are presumably more than 10 essays possible, that doesn't really work. You could possibly make each of the essays worth 1 point (but not include them in the total), then make an "Essay Count" total-type column to make it easy to see how many essays had been submitted, but that's the only other thing I can think of.
Also, all the solutions I could come up with still involve manually entering a grade for each of the essays, since Blackboard cannot automatically grade assignments.
Thank you for your reply. When I create a Cumulative Essay column with minimum selected and not include the essays in the total grade, I do not get any results in the Cumulative Essay column - just hash marks. There are scores in each of the 10 essay columns. The instructor will enter a grade for each essay, but wants to give students 20 points if they complete 10 essays and 0 points if they complete less than 10 essays.
Thanks!Nola Coulson - Duquesne University
You say that when you set up the "Cumulative Essay" minimum column, you get only a hash mark in it? Which columns are you including in this minimum column?
I am including the columns for each of the 10 essays (10 columns) - each worth 20 points.
Nola Coulson- Duquesne University
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