Course Resources (Blackboard) now has the functionality to reveal grades, answers and feedback to your students from a point within the module and from the Blackboard mobile app. This is a simplified and personal view of the staff Grade Centre.

All new modules granulated from July 2016 will have this functionality as standard, previous modules (2015 and before) can have this added.  See Appendix 1: Enabling the My Grades Tool Link (For modules 2015 and before) for details on how to do this.

If you plan to make this tool available to your students, please read the sections below, to ensure that grades are hidden until the time of release. 

Revealing Grades to Students

The default setting with 2016 onwards modules is that the “Provisional Grades & Feedback” link will NOT be visible to students and will need to be enabled in order for students to see and review using the website. However the from the Marks section of the mobile app all unhidden grade centre columns with scores in will be accessible see  “Marks in the mobile app section”

Please be aware that any assessment method that uses the Blackboard Grade Centre is now viewable by students via the “Provisional Grades & Feedback”  on the website and “Marks” in the mobile app, and results may be available to students in other ways. It is recommended in the first instance that you disable this option in the Grade Centre, see the section entitled “Managing Grade Visibility”.

To make the link visible to students on the website

  • Locate the Provisional Grades and Feedback link in the left hand navigation menu (The icon to the right of menu text, indicates that the menu link is hidden¬) and place the mouse pointer over it.

  • A downwards arrow will appear

  • Click on the arrow. A menu will appear

  • Click on the Show Link option, After a few seconds the menu will refresh to look similar to this

Students will now be able to see this functionality on the website

If you wish to hide the function on the website from your student, simply repeat the above steps to select hide link.

Managing Grade Visibility

When you release marks to students, all the student will only be able to see their own marks. There is no facility to release marks to some students and not others.

To hide/release marks to students:

  • Click on Grade Centre in the Control Panel

  • A further sub menu will appear

  • Select Full Grade Centre. The Grade Centre will appear

  • Each of the items that are available for assessment will have an individual entry as a column

  • Choose the assessment you want to hide / make available, select the grey arrow next to the column title

  • A drop-down menu will appear

  • Select Edit Column Information from the drop-down menu
  • The Edit Column window will open


  • Under Options, each Grade Centre column has a setting called Show this Column to Students

  • Select the Yes radio button to release marks to the students. Select No to hide them.
    • Note: The Column Not Visible icon indicates whether students can or cannot see marks from a given assessment’s column.

It is recommended that staff set Show this Column to Students to No for ALL columns initially and only release the marks or module total when they’re ready

Marks in the Mobile App

With the blackboard mobile app the Provisional grades and feedback tab in the content area doesn’t work, it redirects you to the webpage if you click on the link.

Instead students have limited access to their grades with the Marks section of the mobile app.

The Marks session collates all the grades from all their modules on one place. It shows the overall score for each module that has been completed and a blank score for incomplete modules.

If the students click on a module they will see a breakdown for the module regardless of whether professional grades and feedback is visible to them or not on the blackboard website, The breakdown shows a score for each visible item in grade centre where a score is available.

Students can then click on blackboard assignments to see their general feedback but not the marked paper. They can’t see feedback or access their marked submission for Turnitin papers or Blackboard tests.  



Setting Results and Feedback options for Blackboard Tests


Students can always see their overall test scores unless you block access by accessing the Grade Center column’s menu and hiding the column from students (See previous section). However, when you hide a test column from students, they see nothing about the test in My Grades. When they subsequently access the test, they receive a message that states when they submitted their tests. No scores appear.

You can set which results and feedback are available to students after they complete a test or survey. You can set one or two rules with the menus. You can’t choose some rules in combination. After you select a rule in the first menu, some may not appear in the second menu.

The image below shows the default options that are applied to tests, After Submission and Score per question. If no changes are made then students will see their overall test scores and the scores earned for each individual question after they submit their tests.

The other settings are:

  • After Submission: This option is the default.
  • One-time View: After students submit their tests or surveys, the selected results and feedback options are in effect for students to view ONCE. However, students can always view the scores they earned unless you hide the Grade Center column from students. Immediately after a student navigates away from the test or survey, any other results and feedback are restricted. You can change the setting or add another rule for a second viewing. A second rule is not combined with the one-time view rule, but is applied separately.
  • On Specific Date: View results and feedback after the selected date and time.
  • After Due Date
  • After Availability and End Date
  • After Attempts are graded: After all students submit the test or survey, and all attempts are graded, results and feedback are made available to students. If one or more students don’t submit an attempt, you must assign a grade of 0 so that all students can view the chosen results and feedback.


Example 1 – Show More Feedback

Show students their score, their answers and the correct answers
If you want to give some initial feedback regarding their submission then select the following.


Example 2: Show less feedback to discourage cheating

If students take a test at different times, you can make a limited amount of feedback available until all students submit the test.

For the first rule, select After Submission in the first menu and clear the check box for Score per Question. Make no other selections. After they submit their tests, students can only see their overall test scores.

For the second rule, select After Due Date and select options to show more results and feedback. You can create an announcement to notify students that additional feedback is available to view.

Example 3 One-time view for results and feedback

In the Show Test Results and Feedback to Students section, you can select One-time View. After students submit their tests, the results and feedback options you selected are in effect for students to view ONCE. However, students can always view the overall test scores they earned. Immediately after a student navigates away from the test, any other options you chose are restricted. You can apply a second rule to allow students to view newly selected options at a later time. The second rule is not combined with the one-time view rule, but is applied separately.

The ability to select different options for each rule allows you to show some test results and feedback initially, and then show more later.

Rule #1: Select One-time View and Show Incorrect Questions. Select no other options so that while other students are still allowed to take the test, no one can share the correct answers.

Rule #2: Select all of these options:

  • After Due Date
  • Score per Question
  • All Answers
  • Correct
  • Submitted
  • Feedback

After the due date, students see their scores along with all answer options. They also see their submitted answers marked as correct or incorrect and any instructor feedback.

Appendix 1: Enabling the My Grades Tool Link (For modules 2015 and before)

  • In the module area on Course Resources hover over the ‘Add new menu item’ icon and select ‘Tool Link’

  • The Add New Menu Item menu
  • In the ‘Type’ dropdown select ‘My Grades’

Note: it is important that you give the link a meaningful Name – although the Blackboard name for this link is ‘My Grades’ it is suggested that you name it “Provisional Grades & Feedback” in order to be consistent with new 2016 modules.

Note: to make the link visible to students, you will need to check the ‘Available to Users’ box but you may not wish this area to be available until there is grade information populated

  • Click the ‘Submit’ button


  • The new link to the My Grades area for students will now appear towards the bottom of the main navigation – this can be moved around by re-ordering the navigation menu.