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Please note: Most settings will remain at the default.

  1. Go to your course in Course Site

  2. 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

    •  Natural is the sum of all grades scaled by weight, this allows each item to have an any given point value with weights given to each category.

    • Natural aggregation can function as a sum of grades when the weight boxes are left alone.

    • Natural aggregation can also function as a mean of grades, when the weight boxes are checked and then adjusted so that the weights are equal across a set of items in a category, or across a set of categories.

    • Items can still be marked as "Extra credit" while using the weights to calculate a mean, and contribute to the total for the category.

  3. Set up categories and organize

    Add Category

    Go to Gradebook Set-up, scroll to bottom of screen to add category

    Example categories: Discussions, Exams, Weekly Quizzes, Attendance, Turnitin Assignments, etc.

    TIP: Set a category to zero weight if using manual grade entries for papers with written feedback - example Turnitin.

    Go to Gradebook Set-up

    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

    Change Item Point Values
    If you have added a
    course site item that is integrated into your gradebook, you can change the point value by editing the item located in your course topics.
    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.

    Note: If grades have already been awarded, you may not be able to make desired adjustment.

  4. 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.


Grade from the Assignment Page

When grading items integrated in your gradebook - items that students have submitted in course site, you SHOULD ALWAYS grade from the assignment page. Find the assignment listed in topics or use the activities block, click on name, and go to “view/grade all submissions”. Students will be notified when graded.

Have students upload all submissions as PDFs or copy/paste into text box area when submitting written assignments, to avoid having to download and open word files. Therefore, making it easier to grade and annotate.

Please note: If you grade an item from the gradebook 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.

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. 

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