Please note: most settings will remain at the default.
Determine how your grades will be calculated and use easy math
Course Site will allow for multiple grading schemas, but it easiest to use natural aggregation and total all of your assignments out of 100 or 1000 points. You can also choose to make all assignments 100 points and weight each category. It is normally less troublesome to use either a set points value or weights, but not both.
Go to your course in Course Site
Confirm that Aggregation is set to Natural (Default)
* Go to Gradebook Set-up>Edit (Top Level of Categories)>Edit Settings
Leave all other settings at default
Set up categories and organize
*Go to Gradebook Set-up, scroll to bottom of screen to add category
Example categories: Discussions, Exams, Weekly Quizzes, Attendance, Turnitin Assignments, etc.
Organize your grade items
* Check items to be moved on far right (under select menu) Scroll to bottom of screen
* Select drop down box under “move selected items to”
Grades will be recalculated and progress bar given
Update Item point values as needed
If you have added a course site item that is integrated into your gradebook such as an assignment, you can change the point value by editing the item located in your course topics. The default value will be 100 points.
If you added a line item directly to your gradebook to manually enter a grade, you can change the point value by going to the gradebook setup and clicking on edit>edit settings.
Note: If grades have already been awarded, you should NOT make adjustments in point values.
Able to edit values New item - no grades awarded Can't change values Grades already awarded
Clean up the Student View
Go to Gradebook Set-up> Course Grade Settings> Scroll down to User Report
Hide Weightings, Hide Contributions to Course, Hide Ranges -- leave rest at default.
Always Grade from the Assignment Page
When grading activities integrated in your gradebook (electronic submissions)- items that students have submitted in course site, you SHOULD ALWAYS grade from the assignment page. There are a few ways to find the assignment's page. Click on the blue assignment name in column header from the grader report OR find the assignment listed in topics or use the activities block, click on name, and go to “Grade”. By default, students will be notified via email when graded.
If you grade any item from the grader report rather than from the assignment page and the item has already been given a grade -- the previous grade and the new grade will be averaged. You will need to clear this override.