Good morning instructors,
Previously I used the following Screencast (click here to view) to demonstrate how to grade multiple assignments as well as enter scores and feedback to multiple students in an efficient and easy manner within Blackboard's grade center. I continue to recommend this approach as it is a great way to streamline your grading process. However, if a student has not submitted an assignment and you need to enter a score of zero, simply entering that score on the spreadsheet to then upload will NOT block students from being able to submit the assignment at a later date, which can lead to a great deal of confusion and miscommunication between instructor and student.
Click here to view the steps you will need to take to enter zeros into the grade center for non-submitted assignments so that it is calculated in the running total as well as blocking late submissions (remember it is important to enter a score for every assignment/discussion board/exam for every student so the running total calculates accurately). This demonstration of entering zeros for non-submitted assignments using the grade details view is needed regardless of the grading approach you use.
If you have any questions on how to most effectively and completely use the grade center, please let me know.
Have a great rest of the day and a great weekend!