Still keeping your grades on an Excel spreadsheet? In an actual grade-book? While these methods are tried and true, learning to use the BlackBoard grade center can offer you many advantages: 1) centralize your records; 2) automatize most, if not all, of your end of semester averaging; 3) integrate, most if not all, of your BlackBoard assignments (wikis, blogs, discussion, quizzes and exams, assignments) directly with the grade center; and, 4) give students easy access to their grades as they are posted. The BlackBoard grade center has been continually improved making it now easier to use than ever before. So, whether you’re a first time user or looking to give grade center a second try, this one hour session will walk you through all the basics and get you started on shaping your own grade center, so you can use it through the rest of the semester.