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Posting simple grades in Concourse

April 27, 2010

As suggested in earlier articles, the grade book built into Concourse (Blackboard Vista) is not exactly a stunner. Many people do grade calculations in an Excel spreadsheet and export the results to Concourse.

The Concourse grade book is fine when you don’t have a lot of students (< 50) or a lot of grades. It can be an easy way to get final exam grades and course grades out to students.

First create a column:

  • Log into Concourse and enter the course
  • Go to the Teach tab and click “Grade Book”
  • Click “Create Column” and choose Alphanumeric
  • Enter a label for the column and click Save

Now enter the grades

  • Click the small icon next to the column name and select “Edit Values”
  • Enter number or letter grades under “Change to”
    (give the demo student a grade, too¬† – you’ll see why in a minute)
  • After they’re all entered, click Save
  • Afterward you can change an individual grade by clicking it and entering a new value

Finally, make sure the students can see the grades

  • Click Manage Course on the side menu bar
  • Click Course Menu and be sure it says “Hide Link” next to “My grades”
  • Now go to the Student View tab and click “My grades”
    You should see the grade you gave to the demo student

NOTE: Concourse does NOT submit course grades to the registrar at Notre Dame. If you want to to upload grades from a spreadsheet rather than entering them one at a time, see the tutorial or contact the registrar’s office.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mike Mogavero permalink
    April 28, 2010 10:14 am

    This is exactly what i needed. Thanks Chris

  2. Michelle Wirth permalink
    April 28, 2010 10:23 am

    Is there any way to upload just one column from Excel into the Concourse Gradebook, leaving intact the columns that are already in the Gradebook? This would be very helpful for a class of 40+.

  3. Chris Clark permalink*
    April 28, 2010 10:52 am

    Sure you can upload one column of grades. Concourse also needs a column with Net IDs to match up the grades with the students.

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