Gradebook Setup

Setting up the gradebook can be a bit tricky.  But here are two recommended approaches.

First, go to "Course Administration" and then "Grades" and then choose "Categories and Items" from the pulldown.

Weights for Categories e.g. Quiz - 20%, Papers - 20% ...

Many instructors like to assign fixed percentages to different categories of work that students do, and then within each category, average up all of the grades.

First check the main course top level grade method.
  • Click on the "Edit" control for the top row to the right of your course ID, and choose "Edit Settings"
  • Under "Category Name" click"Show more..."
  • Make sure "Aggregation" is "Weighted Mean of grades"
  • Make sure "drop the lowest" is 0 (unless you want to drop an entire category - probably not.)
  • Click "Save Changes."
Second, assign weights.  You can use percentages or decimals, doesn't matter - but be consistent.

Third, for each category, check the grade method (for items in that category averaged together) and check the point values.
  • Click on the "Edit" control for the top row to the right of each category name, and choose "Edit Settings"
  • Make sure Aggregation is set to "Natural"
  • Check the "drop the lowest" setting to make sure it is what you want for the category.  Drop the lowest quiz?  Change to "1" for the Quiz category.
  • Under Category Total, check that the Maximum grade and the Minimum grade are 100 and 0 respectively (effectively changing the category average to a percentage).
  • Save changes.

Points for Everything that All Add Up Relative to their Point Value


Many instructors like to add up the points for all student work, so that for example a 200 point item such as the final is worth 20 times a 10 point item, such as a quiz, and then let the grade be decided by the sum of all that work divided by the total points that could be earned.

Check the main course top level grade method to make sure it is "Natural"
  • Click on the "Edit" control for the top row to the right of your course ID, and choose "Edit Settings"
  • Under "Category Name" click"Show more..."
  • Make sure "Aggregation" is "Weighted Mean of grades"
  • Make sure "drop the lowest" is 0 (unless you want to drop an entire category - probably not.)
  • Click "Save Changes."
Using this method, that's all you need to do.  Leave the weights unchanged.

 
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