Creating Custom Grade Center Categories

Purpose Statement:  
This is the first step in creating a weighted column in the Blackboard Grade Center. Blackboard provides standard categories that are automatically assigned as assessments are created. The included categories include assignment, blog, discussion, journal, survey, and test. Creating categories would be helpful for instructors who have multiple written assignments at a certain weight and have a final paper at a completely different weight. This document assumes that the instructor is logged in to Blackboard and in a course.

1. From the Control Panel, click Grade Center. The Grade Center menu displays.

2. 
From the Grade Center menu, click Full Grade Center. The Full Grade Center displays. 



3. 
Hover the mouse over the Manage button. The Manage menu displays.


4. 
From the Manage menu, click Categories. The Categories page displays. 


5. Click the Create Category button. The Create Category page displays. 


6. 
In the Name field, enter a name for the category.

7. 
If desired, in the Description field, enter a description of the category.

8. 
Click the Submit. button. The custom category is added to the list of existing categories.