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Importing Exam Scores to Blackboard

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Save the "BBout" text file (ex. INSTSVS_BBout__300000.txt) from your email Inbox to an easily accessible location on your computer. Make note of the file name so you can easily find it later.

Upload exam scores into a NEW COLUMN in the Grade Center:

  • Open your course in Blackboard and click on Grade Center | Full Grade Center below Control Panel
  • Click the "Work Offline" button (upper-right corner of the Grade Center page), select Upload
  • Click Browse to locate the BBout file saved on your computer or in the Content Collection (your Files area in Blackboard)
  • Once you've located the BBout file, click Submit

Note: If you see "Error: the following usernames are invalid: , , ,jsmith, ," in red at the top of the Upload Grades Confirmation page, any spaces followed by commas indicate students who either left the Student ID box empty on their answer sheet, or provided an incorrect Student ID - scores will not be imported for those students - you will need to check the answer sheets and manually enter scores for each of those 'missing' students later. The rest of the student scores will be imported successfully.

  • UNCHECK the box to the left of the "ID" unless you also want to create a new column containing the Student IDs in the Grade Center
  • Click Submit
  • At the Grade Center page, the new column is added to the right edge of the Grade Center - the column is named Score_xxxxxx (where xxxxxx is the generated Incident Number for this OMR job)
  • Click the chevron arrows icon at the top of this column and click Edit Column Information
  • Change the column Name
  • Change the Primary Display from Text to either Score or Percentage - Text values cannot be calculated into any course Totals!
  • Enter the total Points Possible for the exam in the box provided - if you leave "0" in this field, the exam will be calculated as extra credit in any Total columns!
  • Optional: Add the Due Date in the DATES section and change any options in the OPTIONS section
  • Click Submit

Upload exam scores to an EXISTING COLUMN in the Grade Center:

  • Open the BBout text file in Excel or any other spreadsheet application
  • Rename the "Score_xxxxxx" column (where xxxxxx is the generated Incident Number for this OMR job) to match the existing column name in the Blackboard Grade Center EXACTLY (including any capitalization or spaces)
  • Save the file changes and close the spreadsheet application
  • Open your course in Blackboard and click on Grade Center | Full Grade Center below Control Panel
  • Click the "Work Offline" button (upper-right corner of the Grade Center page), select Upload
  • Click Browse to locate the BBout file saved on your computer or in the Content Collection (your Files area in Blackboard)
  • Once you've located the file, click Submit

Note: If you see "Error: the following usernames are invalid: , , ,jsmith, ," in red at the top of the Upload Grades Confirmation page, any spaces followed by commas indicate students who either left the Student ID box empty on their answer sheet, or provided an incorrect Student ID - scores will not be imported for those students - you will need to check the answer sheets and manually enter scores for each of those 'missing' students later. The rest of the student scores will be imported successfully.

  • UNCHECK the box to the left of "ID" unless you also want to create a new column containing the Student IDs in the Grade Center
  • Click Submit

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Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:11:04 AM