Showing a Letter Grade in the Grade Center

By default, graded assignments in the Grade Center display numerical values. Some professors, however, prefer to show their students a letter grade instead. This post will walk you through how to change an assignment’s score from a number to a letter.

  1. After you have created your assignment in eLearning, navigate to the appropriate column within the Grade Center.
  2. Click the arrow to the right of the assignment column’s name, then select Edit Column Information.
  3. Under the Column Information section, find the box for Primary Display. Click on the dropdown box and change the option to Letter.
    1. Note: Your assignment must have points in the Points Possible Otherwise, entering a letter grade in the Grade Center will bring up a number instead.
  4. Click Submit.

You can now enter a letter instead of a number for assignment grades. If you would like to change the value of a letter (i.e. what constitutes an A, a B, etc.), you will need to edit the Grading Schema. See the instructions below.

  1. In the Grade Center, hover over the Manage box, then select Grading Schemas.
  2. There should already be a default schema called Letter. Click the arrow beside the name, then select Edit.
    1. If there is no default schema, or if you do not want to change the default schema, you can click Create Grading Schema at the top of the page.
  3. You will be taken to a Schema Mapping This will allow you to define what each letter grade is worth. You can insert more rows by clicking on the arrows on the right side of the box.
  4. Once you have tuned the schema to your liking, click Submit.

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Turnitin Maintenance Outage – Sept.22, 10am-6:30pm

Turnitin has scheduled a maintenance outage for Saturday, September 22nd, from 10am through 6:30pm.  This time will be used for proactive emergency maintenance. Users will be unable to submit or grade during this maintenance window, so Turnitin recommends that any submission deadlines be adjusted to fall outside this maintenance window.


PLEASE NOTE: This DOES NOT impact the regular eLearning assignment tool.


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A Quick Overview of Grade Center Icons

The Grade Center is the central location for all grades within eLearning. Here instructors can keep track of grades and assignments as well as customize the information based on personal pedagogical preferences.

Besides showing student grades, the Grade Center also provides information on assignment progress in the form of indicators within individual cells. This post will go over the three main indicators instructors might encounter during the semester.

(Note: You can hover all three indicators in eLearning for a brief description.)

The Yellow Exclamation Mark – Needs Grading


This icon indicates that the assignment in question has been submitted and needs grading. You can grade the assignment by clicking the arrow to the right of the icon and selecting Attempt.

The Blue Clock – Attempt in Progress


This icon means that the student is currently working on or is in the process of submitting the assignment in question. If you see this blue clock, then the assignment has not been submitted yet.

The Grey Stripes – Not Participating


If a student’s cell for an assignment shows diagonal grey stripes (as seen above), it means the user is not participating in the assignment. This usually can be seen if an assignment is assigned to groups but the student in question is not enrolled in any of the groups themselves. Once the student is enrolled in a group, the grey stripes should disappear.

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Using Rubrics in eLearning

Rubrics are a great way to easily and impartially grade student assignments. They are also valuable resources for students to understand your specific grading criteria and what it takes to earn a certain score. Students don’t need to guess or wonder how you will grade because the rubric outlines everything.


(Image above found on Blackboard’s site linked below.)

To create a rubric, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on Course Tools on the left-hand side of the screen.
  2. Select Rubrics.
  3. Click Create Rubric.

The next screen allows you to create a rubric based on your needs. You can add columns and rows, change percentages, and provide descriptions of the various levels of achievement. Blackboard, eLearning’s provider, has a section on their website with more information about rubrics.

When you want to attach a rubric to an assignment, you can do the following:

  1. When creating your assignment, select Add Rubric in the Grading
  2. Adjust the Type and the Show Rubric to Students option depending on your needs.
  3. Finish filling out the assignment, then click Submit.

Alternatively, if you already created the assignment, you can click the arrow beside the assignment name, select Edit, and then following the same instructions above.

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eLearning Training Workshops & Open Labs – Fall 2018

Greetings from the UTD eLearning team!

As we head into the Fall 2018 semester, please reach out to us if you need any training or support with eLearning or related educational technology tools.


Open Labs

We hold open labs to provide hands-on assistance with eLearning and other tools. Please stop by during lab hours and you will be assisted by a member of the eLearning team. No registration required. You can bring your own device or use a lab computer. The lab schedule is below:


10:00 AM – NOON

JSOM 2.224


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How to Copy Tests from One Course to Another

If you want to reuse tests from a previous semester, you can easily export the test from the old course and import it into your new one. Follow the instructions below to copy over your tests.

To export your test from your old course:

  1. In your old course, click Course Tools on the left sidebar, then select Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Click Tests.
  3. Click the arrow beside the name of the test you want to export.
  4. Select Export to Local Computer.
  5. Save the file somewhere on your local machine.

To import your test into your new course:

  1. In your new course, click Tests, Surveys, and Pools.
  2. Click Tests.
  3. Select Import Test at the top.
  4. Find the exam you just exported and upload it.

The test should now be in your new course. It will, however, still require you to deploy the test (i.e. make it available to your students).

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(New Online Course) OPRE 6382.0W1 – Import and Export Trade Compliance

A new online course focusing on trade compliance will be offered this fall. OPRE 6382.0W1 (Import and Export Trade) will be taught by Professors Diane Divin and Joseph Vicario, two Adjunct Faculty in the Jindal School of Management. Below is a description of the course:

“Many trade and economic experts now say that President Trump has catapulted the United States into a full fledge trade war with China and a host of other major U.S. trading partners – and they see no sign of it ending soon. While there is no formal definition of what constitutes a trade war, the escalating exchange of trade barriers, including the imposition of some very high tariffs, between the U.S. and its major trading partners has reached a point where experts are predicting negative impacts on investment decisions, economic growth and, importantly, in terms of multinational companies’ global supply chain operations.

So what are global supply chain professionals doing now besides many of them losing sleep over these recent events? Some may be regretting that they did not have the opportunity to take OPRE 6382.OW1 – Import and Export Trade Compliance –  a new course UTD is offering. You, however, still have a chance to register for this very timely course in order to ensure you are well prepared to understand the issues involved, the ramifications for global supply chains and to provide in real time value-added solutions to multinational companies.”

About Professor Divin:


Diane Divin has been the President and owner of Divin Consulting since 2016, and focuses on small to medium size businesses.  Prior to this, she was the Manager of Global Import/Export for the Mary Kay Corporation for 22 years.   She structured Mary Kay Inc.’s global Import/Export compliance programs; designed the Import/Export training and audit procedures; initiated and managed implementation of international trade software systems; and managed the global Import/Export team.

The Import/Export team oversees all imports/exports globally, from raw materials/ingredients to finished goods and from cosmetics to equipment and technology, between 40+ countries.  Her team oversaw compliance with:

  1. corporate global IT international data centers,
  2. contract manufacturing across the globe, including the movement of chemicals, ingredients and packaging and controlled equipment
  3. 37 subsidiaries and distributorships

She served on teams tasked with the opening of Mary Kay subsidiaries and the utilization of packaging and manufacturing in foreign countries.  She researched international trade software systems, the selection, and created the ROI’s. Her team launched 5 systems during her management there.  In 2012, she served, along with her Government Relations Vice Presidents, on the team that presented data and solutions to the Trans Pacific Partnership FTA team from 9 countries for their negotiations in Dallas, TX, USA.

About Professor Vicario:

Mr. Vicario is an international trade regulation attorney with extensive experience in industry and private law practice.  In his capacity as Senior Counsel International Trade Regulation at Texas Instrument (TI) for over 25 years, Mr. Vicario advised the company on a variety of trade issues and the development of corporate strategies for international competition, with special emphasis on export and import regulatory issues.  Mr. Vicario also served as the Secretary and legal counsel to the TI Ethics and Compliance Committee and was a member of TI’s Corporate Compliance Committee. Mr. Vicario graduated from the University of Virginia in 1975 with a B.A., with distinction, in Foreign Affairs.  Mr. Vicario received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1978.

If you are interested in taking this course, please register soon before seats are filled.

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