Periodically during the semester, it is prudent to download the Blackboard Grade Center as a backup or to work from exclusively. The Grade Center will be a CSV (comma delimited) file that can be opened in Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
*Note: Comma-delimited files (.CSV) have data items separated by commas. Tab-delimited files (.TXT) are text files that have data items separated by tabs. Both are common types of data files and can be opened in most editing software. Tab-delimited files can be opened in Microsoft Excel but must be saved as .TXT files. Comma-delimited files need to be imported for use in Excel and must be saved as .CSV files. Saving the file in another format will make the file unreadable by the system when uploading.
Faculty who maintain a spreadsheet grade book outside Blackboard can upload their grades into the Blackboard Grade Center. To simplify the task of maintaining a spreadsheet outside Blackboard, first DOWNLOAD the Blackboard spreadsheet into Excel or preferred program. This automatically populates a spreadsheet with students' names.
Note: Large files take significant time to process and a warning message will be displayed for any files that need extra time to process. To avoid long processing times, break up large files into separate uploads.
Last Updated: 08/22/2011