Set up my Gradebook

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The Gradebook is the hub for all graded activities and points earned in your site. There are several settings you can set up for your site, such as Grade Entry in points/percentages, Grade Release Rules, Categories and Weighting, and Grading Schema.

Go to Gradebook.

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Select the Gradebook tool from the Tool Menu in your site.

Click Settings.

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Grade Entry.

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You can select either a Points based gradebook or a Percentages based gradebook, depending on your preferred method for entering grades.

Grade Release Rules.

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  1. Check the Display released Gradebook items to students box to allow students to view released items in the gradebook. (Individual items can be hidden or released when you create or edit items.)
  2. Check the Display final course grade to students box to show students their final grade in the course as calculated in the gradebook.
  3. If you have selected to release the final grade, choose your preferred format for the grade display: Letter Grade, Percentage, or Points.

Statistics.

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  1. Check the Display assignment statistics to students box to allow students to view the distribution of grades for individual assignments.
  2. Check the Display course grade statistics to students box to allow students to view the distribution of overall course grades for the class.

Note: These options are typically selected by default. (Your system administrator may configure the default to be de-selected by setting the appropriate property in the Sakai system configuration file.)

Categories and Weighting.

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You can choose to have No categories, Categories only, or Categories & Weighting in your gradebook.

The No categories option is used when you want to have a simple grade calculation based strictly on the points or percentages of all your gradebook items, without any groupings, weighting, or dropping of items.

The Categories only option is used for grouping similar gradebook items, like all homework, or all projects. This option also allows you to drop grades within categories. If all items within a category have the same point value, you can choose to drop the highest grade, keep the highest grade, or drop the lowest grade within the category.

The Categories and Weighting option groups items and supports weighting of grades. For example, if all homework assignments added together comprise 20% of the final course grade, projects make up 50% of the course grade, and exams are worth 30% of the final grade, this option will allow you to group the items and weight them accordingly.

Note: If you use Categories, you must have at least one Gradebook Item in each category to enter grades. For example, if you have a Final Exam worth 30% of the final grade, you will need a Final Exam category AND a single Final Exam gradebook item within that category.

Tip: If you would like to be able to drop grades, you should select either Categories only or Categories & Weighting.

Adding categories.

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  1. Select the radio button for Categories only.
  2. View the category titles.
  3. If you need additional categories, click on the Add a Category link to enter additional category titles.

Adding weighting.

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  1. Select the radio button for Categories & Weighting.
  2. View the different categories that you plan to weight in your grading scheme.
  3. Enter the percentage weighting for each category.

Note: The percentage for all categories taken together must equal 100%.

Enabling drop lowest and/or keep highest.

More questions about the Gradebook tool?


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This page is adapted from an equivalent Sakai Community help article.

The original Sakai Community help article, unedited, is available at https://sakai.screenstepslive.com/s/sakai_help