Setting Up the Overall Grade

When to Use?

In the Gradable Items list or student grid view, you can set up the overall grade. The overall grade is a calculated item that you build to show students a running tally of all the items that you grade and post.

Message about setting up the overall grade with a Set it up button and Hide this message option.


Select Set it up to create a gradebook column for the overall grade. On the page that appears, you can configure how the overall grade is calculated.

Don't want to display the overall grade? Select Hide this message to remove this prompt from your screen. If you change your mind, you can always change this setting in the Gradebook Settings.

To get started, choose between Gradebook item weights or Gradebook category weights in Overall Grade Settings. The course content list changes based on your selection, and you can begin to assign grade percentage weights. If you use category weights to calculate the overall grade, you can expand a category to see the graded items included.

Create and manage gradebook categories

Type an overall grade percentage for each item or category in the gradebook to give them more weight in the student's grade. The total for all overall grade percentage fields must equal 100%.

To make items or categories exempt from the overall grade, select the Exempt icon next to the overall grade percentage field. The item or category turns gray to indicate that it's not included in the calculation. Select the icon again to include the item or category in the calculation again.

Select Save when you're finished. The Overall Grade column appears in the gradebook next to the student's names so you can quickly see how each student is performing.

Note: Anonymously graded assessments aren't included in calculations until you turn off anonymity.

Override the Overall Grade

You can override a student's overall grade if their performance or participation doesn't fit the course's grade schema.

Selected grade cell in Overall grade column in the gradebook that can be manually changed to reflect student performance. Incomplete and withdrawal options are available, too.

To override a grade, select the grade cell in a student's Overall Grade column. Type a new value or select an option. You can override the grade with a grade notation. An override is useful if a student can't complete the course or otherwise doesn't meet requirements for completion. Grade notations can include IncompleteWithdrawal, and so on. You can create and manage overall grade notations in your Gradebook Settings.

If you want to remove an override, select the student's overall grade cell, and select Undo Override. The student's overall grade reverts back to the calculation you set up for your course.

Overall Grade and Computed Grades Difference

In Blackboard Learn Ultra, potential minor differences may appear between the computation of the Overall Grade and the total derived from the Add Calculation function, due to each formula's mathematical definition of score weightage.

In some cases, this slight difference, as little as 0.01, may have a significant impact on the computation based on Ultra's grade scheme.

If all score items have the same maximum points, the grade for both calculations will be same as the weightage difference will cancel, and thus, the percentage assigned by the grade scheme will match.

What Do Students See?

The student and instructor view of the overall grade changes as you create and grade course content you included in the overall grade calculation.

An item's visibility doesn't affect the overall grade. However, students can only see posted grades, so a student's view of the overall grade only includes grades that you've posted. An instructor's view of the overall grade includes all grades, whether or not you've posted them. In some cases, you might see a different overall grade than your students see.

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