Backing up the Blackboard Grade Center

You already know that it’s a good idea to back up your grade center on a regular basis, right? But, do you do it?  If you don’t, you probably should.  It’s pretty rare to have something go wrong and have the whole grade center wiped clean, but it can happen.  Why take the chance of losing important information when it’s so easy to prevent such a catastrophe in the first place?   Why don’t you back up your grade center right now – you’ll sleep better knowing your students’ grades are safe and sound.

  1. Go to the Grade Center.
  2. Click the Work Offline button at the top right of the page and then select Download.
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  3. On the Download Grades screen, select the following options.
    • Select Data to Download:  Full Grade Center
    • Delimiter type:  Tab
    • Include Hidden Information:  Yes
    • Download Location:  My Computer
    • Click SubmitCopy_grdctr_blog_image2
  4. After submitting, click Download to save the file to your computer as a backup of your grade center.  The file can then be uploaded back to Blackboard if needed, or it can be opened in Microsoft Excel.  Copy_grdctr_blog_image3

See how easy that was?

Create a Positive First Impression in your Blackboard Course

First impressions are important, even when you’re talking about a Blackboard course.  When a student enters an attractive Blackboard course they will experience a positive first impression and will become engaged in the class right away.  But what is an attractive Blackboard course?  Watch this short video to find out:

Got some ideas of your own?  We’d love to hear them.

SAVE TIME! Prepare Your New Blackboard Course Quickly and Easily with the Course Copy Tool

It’s time to begin building (or at least start thinking about building) your spring Blackboard courses.  Save time by using the course copy feature in Blackboard to easily copy a few items, or an entire course into new or existing Blackboard courses.

Here is how it’s done:  (Note:  you must be an instructor in both courses)
1.  Go into the Bb course that has the materials you want to copy over.
2.  In the Control Panel, click on Course Copy under Packages and Utilities.

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