Creating a Total Points Column (Ultra)

When to Use?

This article will walk you through creating a Total Points column in the gradebook, as well as adding Extra Credit to students’ total. The total points column must be created as a calculated column. Currently, the Overall Grade feature in Blackboard only calculates students’ weighted grades and not total points. Currently, Extra Credit cannot be added to weighted grades in the Ultra Course View.


Creating a Total column

1. In the gradebook, look under Gradable Items.

2. Select the plus sign where you want to add the Total Points column and select Add Calculation.

Add Calculation to Gradebook

3. At the top, name the new item “Total Points” and optionally, type a description. The Grade Schema should read Points.

4. From the functions list, choose “Total.”  Now hover over the newly added Total tab and click the drop-down arrow. There are check boxes for every category and each individual assignment.

Total Column

5. If you are using categories (adding each individual assignment, test, and manually graded item to a category) you can select the appropriate categories here, otherwise select each individual assignment you want to be calculated in a student’s total grade.

  • Note: Selecting both a category and an individual item that is included in that category will result in a duplicate grade.

6. Click Save.


Adding Extra Credit to the Total column

** You can create an Extra Credit column using the instructions found in the following Knowledge Base Article – Creating a Manually Graded Column.

Once the extra credit column has been created, and students’ extra credit grades are posted, you will need to edit your Total Points column created above to include the newly created Extra Credit column.

1. In list view, click on the ellipses (...) to the left of the gradebook column name and select Edit. In grid view, click the gradebook column name and select Edit.

2. In the calculation details, hover over the Total tab that shows all the columns included in the total function. Click the drop-down arrow and check the box associated with the extra credit column(s).

3. Click Save. The total points column will now include the extra credit column in its total calculation.


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