Please note: Most settings will remain at the default.
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 may not be able to make desired adjustment.
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 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.
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.