What is meant by Delegated Grading?

Instructors can delegate grading to one or more users with grading privileges to promote reliability and remove bias.

On the Create Assignment page, In the Grading Options section, after you select the check box for Enable Delegated Grading, you can view a list of potential graders.

A. Use the drop-down list next to each grader’s name to assign submissions to grade:

  • All Submissions
  • Random Set: Grade a random set of the selected number of students. If multiple graders are assigned to grade a random set, students are distributed evenly before any student is included in multiple random sets.
  • Groups: Grade all students who are part of the selected course groups.
  • None

B. All instructors in a course can see what other graders assigned. If you want
other roles to also view scores, feedback, and notes added by others,
select the check box in the View Settings column.

C. In the Reconcile Grades column, view who can determine the final grade and
feedback for each student. All instructors can reconcile grades.


From the  assignment’s
contextual menu, click Reconcile grades


Notice that all identifying information is
replaced with “Anonymous Student” and an attempt ID.From Final Grade column, click the contextual menu to apply the Higher, Average or lowest grade for all   students.

Or Use the drop-down lists to assign a final grade for each student.

In case if you disabled the Anonymous before the grade submission, you will find the reconcile icon at the assignment column.





Where can I find the students list and their emails?

From the Control Panel menu, click Users and Groups, then click Users.  
Locate the search field and from the pull down menu, make sure to select Username and Not blank.  
You now have the entire student list with their details: User Name, First Name, Last Name and Email

How can I add a TA or An Auditor to my course?


From Control Panel menu click Users and Groups, then  click Users.


From Users page click Find Users to Enroll.


In the Username textbox: add your TA’s AUC email username.If username doesn’t exist, kindly send an email to blackboard@aucegypt.edu                                Under Role:  Click pull down menu and select Teaching  Assistant or Auditor.           

Select Yes for the Enrollment Availability option


Click the Submit button

How can I download Blackboard Mobile for Android devices?

Open Setting folder at your mobile, then click Play Store icon.
Search for Blackboard Mobile Learn, then click Install.
Select I accept these conditions, then tap on Continue.
Search for American
University in Cairo
in the textbox.Now you have installed Blackboard for your Android mobile.
Tap on the Blackboard icon from your App list.
Use your AUC email credentials for user name and password to login.

How can I upload my profile picture and share it with other users?

When you login to Blackboard, click at the picture icon beside your name at the top right of your Blackboard page.  
A drop-down menu will be displayed. Click at the pic icon to Edit your Profile page.  
From The Privacy Option section,
choose My Institution if you wish to share your profile with other Blackboard users (recommended), Private to share it with users only enrolled in the course, and Hidden, if you don’t wish to share your profile.
Click Change Picture to upload your picture from your local drive.Adjust the picture dimensions, then click Change PictureClick on Preview profile card, to view the changes before being applied  
Click Submit. Your profile picture will be successfully uploaded.  

How to send comment to user through Grade Center column?

  •  From Control Panel, Grade Center, click Full Grade Center.





  • Point to the column, go to the first grade (cell) then click its action link.
  • From the pull down menu click Quick Comment.




  • Type your comment at Feed Back to User field.
  • You can add any information for yourself at Grading Notes field.
  • Click Submit.

How do I create an Announcement on Blackboard?

1. From the Course Menu, click on announcements.

2. Click on the Create Announcement button.

3. Enter a Subject and Message.

4. Under the Options section, choose whether you want the announcement to be displayed permanently or restrict it by dates. Permanent status means that the announcement will always be visible to students.

Note: If you would like to send a broadcast email to all users in the course, select Override User Notification Settings.

How do I access the Assignments submitted by the Students to grade them?

Submitted Assignments can be accessed through the Grade Center.

Click on Grade Center -> ‘Needs Grading’ : A list of all submitted assignment will be display.

Another option is by clicking on Full Grade Center, which will display a full report of all the student’s grades, any cell with a green box containing an exclamation mark indicates that a student has submitted an assignment. Clicking on the double arrow icon next to it will direct you to a new window where you can access the submitted assignment.

Can Students submit an Assignment through Blackboard multiple times?

The Assignment Tool in Blackboard 9.1 now provides Instructors with the option to Allow Multiple or Unlimited Submission Attempts. This is a great addition particularly when an Instructor wishes to grade individual portions of an assignment separately but average the items together to create the final grade.

To create an Assignment that allows for multiple submissions, select the Number of Attempts option desired under Option 4 Availability in the Assignment Tool setup.

What is the Blackboard Grade Center?

The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing faculty to record data , calculate grades, and monitor student progress. In the Grade Center, faculty can provide and manage students’ grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.

1- Action Bar

  • Create Column—Creates a column that represents a gradable item in the course.
  • Create Calculated Column—Calculated columns combine data from multiple columns to attain performance results; choose from Average, Minimum/Maximum, Total, or Weighted.
  • Manage— Customize and manage the Grade Center. Choose from Grading Periods, Grading Schemas, Categories, Smart Views, Column Organization, and Row Visibility
  • Reports—Create a customized, printable report, or view grade history.

2- Course Roster: Syncs with Banner to provide an up-to-date and accurate list of all students registered for a course.

3- Column Menu: Provides access to a column’s settings, including Quick Column Information, Edit Column Information, Column Statistics, Set as External Grade, Show/Hide to Users, Hide Column.

4- Icon Legend: As activity gets added and recorded into the Grade Center, refer to the Icon Legend for assistance.

5- Work Offline: Download the Grade Center into an Excel spreadsheet for working offline. The spreadsheet can be uploaded back to the Grade Center after grades have been recorded.

Icon Legend Reference

User Unavailable – student is no longer enrolled in class, and cannot see course content
Column Not Visible to Users – column has been hidden from all students
Completed – completion grade confirmation
Needs Grading – a test or assignment that needs instructor action to finalize grading
Override – when an instructor overrides a grade that Blackboard calculated
Attempt in Progress – the student is currently completing the assignment or exam
External Grade – designates which column is being used to feed into the Report Card module
Grade Exempted for this User – instructor exempts a grade for student
Error – error with the assignment, test, or discussion settings (possibly corrupt)
Not Participating – student is not participating in the Discussion or Group assignment

How to manually enter an Override grade into the Grade Center?

If you wish to manually add an override grade, follow these instructions.

1. From your course Control Panel expand the Grade Centre menu and choose Full Grade Centre.

2. Find the column and corresponding row into which you wish to enter a grade and click on it.

3. The cell will open. Type in the grade and press ENTER. Note that information about the column appears in the grey box below.  This will usually be an override grade.

4. Note that if you do not press the ENTER key after typing in the grade a dialog box will appear asking if you wish to save the entry, selecting OK will save the grade.

Using Grade History

The Blackboard Grade Centre keeps a record of the history of a grade.

1. First we will look at how to identify the history of an individual grade.

2. Place you mouse pointer over the grade so that the double arrow icon appears.

3. Click on the double arrow icon and choose View Grade Details.

4. Click on the Grade History tab to view the historical record of marks.

5. To view the complete history click on View Complete History.

6. You may view the Grade History for the whole courseby accessing the Grade Centre and hovering over Reports and choosing View Grade History.

You will be presented with the history of grades within the Grade Centre. You may download the Grade History by clicking on the Download button.

How to add a new calculated column to the Grade Center

Calculated grades can combine multiple existing columns and show scores based on a weighted score, averages, totals, and minimum / maximum. These columns can be shown to students or hidden so that they are only available from within your course’s Grade Centre.

1. Expand the Grade Centre part of the Control Panel and choose Full Grade Centre.

2. Using your mouse, hover over the Create Calculated Column button, select the calculated grade you wish to add:

Average Column
An average grade shows the average of any number of quantities, be they from columns, categories, or grading periods.

Minimum / Maximum Column
A Minimum / Maximum column will display either the minimum or maximum score from a selection of columns, categories, or grading periods.

Total Column
A total grade will show the sum of any other selected columns and or categories, or grade columns in a certain grading period.

Weighted Column
A Weighted grade is a calculated column that displays the result of quantities and their respective percentages. For example several other columns or categories could be calculated to be certain percentages of another score, denoted in this column.

Using Grade Center Color Codes

You may set the Grade Centre to automatically apply colour codes to cells based on criteria that you set.  This is similar to conditional formatting in Excel.  This feature can be useful to quickly identify good or poor scores in a large cohort.

1. From your course Control Panel open the Grade Centre.

2. Hover your mouse pointer over the Manage button and choose Grading Colour Codes.

3. Tick the box to Enable Grading Colour Codes.

4. If you wish you may set a colour to quickly show attempts that are in progress, need marking, or are exempt.  There are already icons for these so this is less useful.

5. Next you may set criteria for the colour used within cells that meet the criteria. To add a criteria click on Add Criteria. This screenshot shows an example of how the criteria may be set up.

6. Click on Submit to finish.

Using Grade Center Categories

Categories allow you to classify Grade Centre columns. These can be helpful to organise a large number of columns. It is possible to use categorised columns when setting up calculated columns, creating reports, and using Smart Views.

To set up categories follow these instructions.

1. Expand the Grade Centre section of your course Control Panel and click on Full Grade Centre.

2. Hover your mouse pointer over Manage, a menu will appear, choose Categories.

3. You will be presented with a list of existing categories which you may Edit or Delete by clicking on the corresponding modify button.

4. If you wish to add a new category click on Create Category.

5. When adding a new category you will be asked for a Name and Description for the category.

6. If you wish to categorise Grade Centre columns, simply click on the arrow icon next to the name of the column and select Edit Column Information.

7. The category can be changed using the drop down menuin the first section as shown.  When creating new columns the category may be chosen in the same way when initially creating them.