Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University
Latest revision: 18 August 2011; RKH
Overview and Planning
The Gradebook Tool maintains gradeable items, both manually-added and
automatically-added (through Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, forums).
- Decide on your grading strategy. Will you use categories for subcomputations and weighting, or a flat list of items with individual weights and point values?
- If you want to use a grading scale, develop it.
- Decide how would you like the Gradebook to look, in terms of item order and grouping.
- Add the Gradebook tool.
Viewing Gradable Items and Grade Data
A gradeable item appears as a column
in the Gradebook's student roster, with the students' entries as rows.
- To focus on the gradeable items
- Gradebook Item Summary, for all or for an single assignment, shows overall settings and individual grades, paging through if desired.
- To focus on student records
- All Grades: The whole spreadsheet
Course Grades: The final results (for submission)
Adding Gradeable Items and Entering Grades
Add new gradeable items in Gradebook Items, with the "Add Gradebook Item" link.
Edit and delete gradeable items in sthe same interface. Assignments, Forums, and Tests & Quizzes (if created with the "Add item
to Gradebook" option) make their own entries in the Gradebook.
Enter grades for an item, also in the Gradebook Items screen, by clicking item title and filling out the column of fields. (Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums are graded via those tools.)
- To show your students their grades so far:
- The "Calculate Course Grades" button will (1) convert
null entries in student records to zeroes for the gradebook items that
are included in the course grade, and (2) compute student grades using
all the data entered so far. On all future work, you could
UNcheck "Include this item in course grade settings" (under "Edit
gradebook item settings" for each item), so that those null items
wouldn't convert to zeroes.
- To set the grading scale:
- Use the Course Grade Options link.
- To designate items from the course grade:
- Set up a Category for those items, then exclude give it a weight of 0%.
- To change the order of appearance in list:
- Click column heading "Sorting" and rearrange, then Save Current Order button.
You can still sort on other columns, and go back to chosen with Sorting column heading.
- To perform complicated computations:
- Export into spreadsheet, work there, import back into course site.
- To grant a TA the authority to grade an exam:
- The course must have sections or groups defined first
(through the "Sections" tool or the Manage Groups link in the "Site
Editor"). Then the TA will appear on the list of possible
graders in the Permission Setting in the Gradebook, and rules
(privileges) may be added.
- To override a student grade already entered in
- If the gradebook item was created in Assignments, go
through that tool
to do it (click "Grade" under each student name);
If the gradebook item was created in the Gradebook itself, go through
"All Grades" option and click on the "Detail" link;
If the gradebook item was created in Tests & Quizzes, go
tool to do it (click on the "Scores" link and enter an adjustment
positive or negative, which will be added to the score).
- To display student percentages without letter
- Set up a Category called "Overall" and give it 100% of
the grading weight. Then edit each Gradebook Item, to add it
to that category (of course, you could assign them as the Gradebook
items were created). Turn off "Display course
grade." The "Overall" category serves as a summary of the
grades, and its value, a percentage, shows under its label.
As a simpler option, switch to Pass/Fail in Course Grade Options, and
just set the pass percentage at some reasonable level; students will
see "P" or "F" grades.
- To grade discussions:
- The Forums tool has always been integrated with the
- Discussion Forums
- With the 2.6 release of the CLE, the Discussion
Forums tool supports grading of student participation in
discussions. You may set up grading either by forum or by
- When you grade by forum, you assign a single
overall score and set of comments to all of a student's topics and
replies within the forum. If you associate this work with the
Gradebook, the forum title becomes the gradebook entry name.
To set up grading in the Discussion Forums tool, access the tool and
proceed as follows:
- When you grade by topic, you assign a separate
score to a student's participation in each topic in the forum. If
associated with the Gradebook, each topic becomes a separate gradebook
entry. This option is useful if you assign and grade discussion topics
- Click Manage.
- Choose Forums
from the Forum Admin menu.
- Click to edit the appropriate forum.
- Scroll down to the Grading section near the
bottom of the screen and choose Enabled.
- When the CLE displays additional fields, choose
either By Forum
or By Topic
and--for grading by forum only--specify the maximum number of points to
- Click Update.
- To grade by topic: Access the appropriate forum
and topic and click the Edit
button. Near the bottom of the Editing
screen, click Yes for
and specify the maximum number of points to be allotted. Click Submit to finish.
Note: You may prefer the Gradebook2 tool.
Please ask Instructional Computing about that option.