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Grade Center, Assignments, SafeAssign and Tests

Find answers to frequently asked questions about using features in UBlearns related to grades, assignments and tests.

Why do I receive an error message when using SafeAssign?

If you get this error and you are logged into Blackboard, it means that the security/privacy settings on your web browser are set up to not allow third party cookies. You need to change that setting and allow third party cookies.

What are the differences between SafeAssign and the Assignment Tool?

The Assignment tool is a file exchange tool that includes automatic entry into the Grade Center. SafeAssignments are similar to the Assignment tool except, SafeAssign is used to investigate the originality of a student’s work.

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Why do I receive an error message when using SafeAssign?

If you get this error and you are logged into Blackboard, it means that the security/privacy settings on your web browser are set up to not allow third party cookies. You need to change that setting and allow third party cookies.

How do I upload/download Grade Center?

From the  Control Panel > Grade Center > Full Grade Center > Work Offline

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Why can’t I see the scroll bar in my Grade Center?

If you are using Firefox on a PC, you may not be able to see the scroll bar in the Grade Center. This issue is related to the scroll bar settings in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Follow these instructions for changing the scroll bar settings.

Windows 7

  1. Go to the Control Panel in Windows 7.
  2. Click on Appearance and Personalization.
  3. Select Personalization.
  4. Select the Window Color option.
  5. Click the Advanced appearance settings…
  6. Click on the Advanced Tab.
  7. Select Scroll Bar from item drop down list.
  8. Change the Setting to 19.
  9. Submit the changes.

Windows Vista

  1. Go to the Control Panel in Windows Vista.
  2. Click on Personalize.
  3. Select the Window Color and Appearance option.
  4. Click the Open Classic Appearance link.
  5. Click on the Advanced Tab.
  6. Select Scroll Bar from item drop down list.
  7. Change the Setting to 19.
  8. Submit the changes.

Windows XP

  1. Go to the Control Panel in Windows XP.
  2. Click on Display Properties.
  3. Click on the Appearance Tab.
  4. Select the Advanced Button.
  5. Select the Scroll Bar from the item drop down list.
  6. Change the Setting to 19.
  7. Submit the changes.

What does a paper and pencil icon in the Grade Center mean?

The pencil and paper icon means that a student attempt is in progress.

Why won’t certain Grade Center columns allow me to enter grades?

Calculated Grade Center columns do not allow for manual grade entries. If the cell turns a solid blue color it is a Calculated Column. Calculated Columns combine grades from other columns to create an average, total or weighted grade. Use the Create Column button to make a column in which you can enter a value.

How do I clear a student’s attempt for assignments and tests?

There are times when an instructor needs to clear a student’s attempt on an assignment or test. This may happen when a student:

  • experiences a computer crash
  • opens and exits a test without submitting it
  • saves his answers instead of submitting them
  • needs to resubmit an assignment

The symbol which designates an “in-progress” or “locked” condition is a paper and pencil icon. Clearing an attempt removes all earlier attempts. Once the attempt is cleared, the student can take the test again or resubmit their assignment.

How to clear an attempt

  1. Under Control Panel select Grade Center > Full Grade Center.
  2. Locate the student in the Grade Center.
  3. Select the double-down arrow within the cell for the assessment that needs to be cleared, then select View Grade Details.
  4. Under the edit area click the Clear Attempt button associated with the attempt to clear it.
  5. Click Return to the Grade Center.

How can I save a Respondus file for upload directly to the UBlearns Test area?

  1. Select the Publish to Blackboard button.
  2. Select the Publish Wizard button.
  3. Reset the radio button for option 1 Type of Publish to Save pool to local file for manual uploading (see below).
  4. Select Next.
  5. Select Save As to choose a location and name of the file.
  6. Select the appropriate Pool or Test radio button.
  7. Select Finish to complete.
  8. Navigate to the desired UBlearns course site, open Course Tools, select Test, Surveys and Pools.
  9. Select Tests link then Import Test button to select and upload your Respondus file.

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