We would like to see a read-only view option of the Grade Center that we can assign to certain roles.
I am under the impression that Observer was originally intended to do this but Observer has never worked properly. There are a hand full of reasons to have TRUE observers in a course, that is people who are watching what the instructor does as well as what the students do but not able to actually do ANYTHING but look. I recommend this highly!
I like idea that this would be a course role permission that you can set for an existing or new custom course role. Thanks much for suggesting this as this will be folks like advisors, deans, and other folks assisting with courses that do not need to make changes.
Has this been posted as part of any other existing idea? I think this is the first time I have seen it. I hope that others chime in on it being a useful option.
Toni Pennacchia Not only advisors, deans, and other folks assisting with courses, but also new instructors who you want to shadow an experienced instructor and credentialing officials. All kinds of people fall into the "VIP" category.
We have that scenario too as many do with instructors needing to view the setup of the prior instructors' course to help them build their own course and for training. Thanks much for adding that.
This is something we're considering for development for the Ultra experience in either Q4 or Q1. We are also exploring if we could build it for Original at the same time, but we're not quite that far in to the research yet.
Thank you for the idea and it's great to see the conversation!
We need this in Original. We are not the only ones who would like to see this. Accrediting bodies are now asking for access to courses and they need more than what an Observer can do. Our Registrar has stopped almost all enrolling non-Banner users into courses because of the possibility of someone changing a grade. The Grade Center is an all or nothing feature right now.
This is something that is needed and I've seen other ideas with the same request.
This is Something that we need too.
We have multiple requests from our clients to give view only access for grade center to certain administrative staff/dean/student services on a certain college courses. Right now we have to manually generate reports on the DB side which is wasting a lot of time for us.
It would be very helpful for us to have this in blackboard.
This is another request that we get often - the ability to view the gradebook without modifying it.
Same here! Lots of clients asking to have a role that can review the grade center without editing it.
We would also like to have a role that can view but not edit any grade center items.
In the lastest Learn roadmap there was mentioned that new course roles were being developed, one of them being a "read-only" user that could see but not touch anything in the course.
That sounds like a good development
There are a number of options to review to support read only access to the grade centre. The first would be to explore the options around Grades Journey. There is an option as part of the admin process to enable grade centre locking upon approval, which would mean that those users that have the privilege to approve and transfer grades can also lock the grade centre for read only access. The second aligns to what others have outlined in this thread around support for additional roles and entitlements. Blackboard is working on additional entitlements surrounding the Gradecentre to support more granular permission options, alongside the delivery of a new facilitator role.
Right, but they slightly differ from what we "the clients" would like to see from Blackboard
We have looked into Grade Journey for a similar request (but for the course as a whole, not role-based). However, please note that you can still change contents of Blackboard Tests for example, which can also lead to changed grades.
I've spoken to a number of customers about this and related enhancements and have found it difficult to identify a consensus around what level of read-only access is sufficient and appropriate. It did seem to help the conversations to ask administrators to think about a solution as a completely new tool - rather than just permissions in the existing one.
If someone were to build a new tool - the dean/director grade center view - what would the requirements be?
I don't in anyway mean to indicate that this is a path that is being considered by our product management team, just trying to open up the conversation to some specific requirements. Also, I don't want to give anyone the impression that this is NOT a reasonable enhancement request for the product, but the developing REST API do give everyone another avenue to explore in the development of read-only views of grade center information.
Jeff - Bb Solutions Engineer
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