Topic Overview

You can grade participation in blogs for individuals and groups. You can grade the quality of the discussion, as well as the number of entries and comments that are made by an individual or a course group.

After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. You can grade students’ blog entries from the blog topic page where you view all entries (and comments made by others) as you determine the grade. The grades you assign show immediately in the Grade Center.


You access the blog topic page in the following ways:

  • In the blogs tool, access a blog and click a user’s name.
  • In the Grade Center, locate the column for the blog you want to grade. Move the mouse pointer over a cell containing the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—to access the blog’s contextual menu. Select Grade User Activity.

When you edit an assigned grade from the blog topic page, the Grade Center is updated.

Use the following steps to grade blog entries.

  1. Access the blog topic page and select the blog entry or entries to grade by clicking the dropdown arrow underneath your name and selecting a student’s name.

    blog topic page
    blog detail pop up

  2. In the Grade section that appears under the student's name, enter the grade in the available space .

    blog grading window

  3. If you associated a rubric for this graded blog, click View Rubric.
  4. Optionally, type Feedback for the student and Grading Notes, which appear to you and the grader role only. Click Text Editor to access all the text editor functions for formatting text and adding URLs, attachments, images, mashups, and multimedia.
  5. Click Save Grade to add the grade, feedback, and grading notes to the Blog Grade section and to the Grade Center.
  6. Use the Previous User and Next User arrows in the View Entries by section to access more blog entries to grade.

Sources and Relevant Links

Blackboard - Grading Blogs