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Gradebook Tool in Courses

The Gradebook tool in Courses offers a secure way for instructors to share grade information with students. While the instructor sees the grades of all students, students will only see their own grades.

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Add a Gradebook Category

With Gradebook Categories, you can create containers to organize all the graded items, just like a file folder youd put homework, quizzes, or notes into.  You can even have Gradebook calculate out a weighting percentage to give one category more significance than another.

  1. Click on the "Settings" button at the top of the screen.
    gradebook settings menu
  2. Click on the Categories & Weighting section.
    categories and weighting
  3. You can choose No CategoriesCategories, or Categories & Weighting.  Enter the category name in the field below, then click the "Add a Category" button to add more fields to add subsequent categories.  If you have selected Categories & Weighting, add in the percentage weight for each category.  The running total will be calculated at the bottom to help you reach 100%.
    categories menu
  4. Click the "Save Changes" button at the bottom when finished.
    save changes button

Add a Gradebook Item

Follow these instructions to add a grade book item to Courses.

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click Gradebook in the left navigation menu.
  3. Click Add Gradebook Item.

    add gradebook item
  4. In the popup window, enter item "Title," "Point Value," and "Due Date."
  5. Check or uncheck "Release this item to Students" and/or "Include this item in course grade calculations" depending on your needs.
  6. Click Create when you are finished.
    add item menu

Grade a Gradebook Item

  1. Click the tab for your course or project site.
  2. Click Gradebook in the left hand menu.
  3. Click the corresponding cell for the student and points to be graded, like a spreadsheet
  4. Fill in the corresponding cell with the appropriate grade.
    entering grades

 

Add Comments

You can add comments to students' scores to give them feedback.

  1. Hover the mouse around the bottom right of a score you have entered in the Gradebook, and click on the downward arrow.
    add comments
  2. Click on the "Add/Edit Comment option in the menu.
  3. Enter your comments in the Gradebook comments window and click Save Comment when finished.
    comments window
  4. Comments accompanying scores are now indicated by a "speech bubble" icon in the Gradebook.
    speech bubble icon

Reminders:

  • Items linked from the "Assignments" or "Tests & Quizzes" tools will be reflected in the Gradebook, but cannot be edited in the Gradebook.  Please go to those specific tools and grade the items accordingly.
  • If you plan to grade discussion topics, always create gradebook items for each of the "Forums" items first and then link them to the specific topics in the Forums tool.
  • The Gradebook will first order gradebook items chronologically by Due Date and then by alpha-numeric sorting based on the title. We recommend that you name a series of numbered gradebook items with a leading zero. For example: "Week 01: The Kennedy-Nixon Television Debate" instead of "Week 1: The Kennedy..."  If you have more than 10 items, you will appreciate the leading zero since it will save you from manually editing the title or manually reordering the items later.
  • Gradebook categories are only ordered alphanumerically. If you want categories listed in a specific order, enter a number in front of the label to enforce that order.  For example: 1 Participation, 2 Assignments, 3 Exams, and so on.  If you have more than 10 categories, use a leading zero (e.g. 01 Participation, 02 Assignments...).