Grades Setup

As an instructor, you can determine how to set up your grade book to best reflect your approach to evaluation, including the grading system and grade scheme that is most appropriate for your course. You can select how grades display to students, how they update in the grade book, and how you want to deal with ungraded items.

 

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Setting Up the Gradebook

The gradebook in eLC is comprised of:

  • Grading System (Points, Weighted, Formula)
  • Grading Scheme
  • Grade Categories
  • Grade Items

 

There are three types of grading systems in eLC:

  • Points - Each assignment is worth a certain number of points, and they add up to be the student's grade in the class.
  • Weighted - Everything adds up to 100%, and you can have grade items that are weighted at different percentages.
  • Formula - Allows you to define a custom forumla to determine a final grade. 

 

Note: Once you have entered grades, it is not advisable to change this grading system.

 

The following will guide you through the process of creating and populating a weighted gradebook. 

 

Gradebook Setup Wizard

 To begin, select Grades from your course navbar.

 

Select Grades from the course navbar.

 

Select Setup Wizard from the Grades navbar, then click Start to being the Gradebook Setup Wizard.

 

Select Setup Wizard. Click Start.

 

For this demonstration, Weighted is selected for the grading system. Click Continue.

 

Select Weighted for the Grading System. Click Continue.

 

Choose between Adjusted Final Grade and Calculated Final Grade. Adjusted Final Grade is recommended because it gives the instructor greater flexibility to change grades at the end of the semester. Click Continue.

 

Choose between Adjusted Final Grade and Calculated Final Grade. Click Continue.

 

Choose between Drop Ungraded Items or Treat Ungraded Items as 0. For this example, Drop undgraded items and Automatically keep final grade updated is chosen. Click Continue.

 

Choose between Drop Ungraded Items and Treat Ungraded Items as O. Click Continue.

 

Choose a Default Grading Scheme. For this example, Percentage is chosen. The other grade scheme options show grade items as letter grades or without + and -. Click Continue.

Note: You can create new schemes or copy and customize the institution schemes, if desired.

 

Choose a Default Grading Scheme. Click Continue. 

Choose the number of decimals to display in the Managing View (This is the Instructor View.). Click Continue

 

Choose the number of decimals to display. Click continue. 

Select the Submission View Display options (This is the student view.). Make sure you display the same number of decimals in thsi view as you did in the Managing VIew. Click Continue.

 

Select the Submission View Display options. Click continue.

 

The next screen will show you a summary of your choices. Click Finish to save your settings.

 

Summary of Choices is displayed. Click Finished.

 

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Creating Grade Categories

Categories help to keep your grade items organized and also allow for dropping the lowest item(s) in the category. For this demonstration, three new grade categories will be created: Quizzes, Papers, and Exams.

 

To begin the process of creating a grade category, select Manage Grades from the Grades navbar. Then, click New. From the drop-down menu, choose Category

 

Select Manage Grades from the Grades navbar. Click new. Choose Category.

 

For the first category, the following settings will be used:

Name: Quizzes

Weight: 20

Distribution: Distribute weight evenly across all items

 

Create a category with the following settings.

 

Click Save and New, and below are the steps for creating two more grade categories with the following settings:

Name: Papers

Weight: 40

Distribution: Manually assign weight to items in the category

 

Create a grade category with the following settings. 

Name: Exams

Weight: 40

Distribution: Distribution weights by points across all items in the category

 

Add a grade category with the following settings.

 

Now the grades list has three categories, a final calculated grade and a final adjusted grade.

 

Finished categories and final calculated and adjusted grades.

 

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Creating Grade Items

The next step is to add grade items (columns) to each category. The grade items can be associated with specific activities in eLC, such as an Assignment Dropbox or Quizzes. Or, you can enter grades manually.

 

To begin the process of creating a grade item, select Manage Grades from the Grades navbar. Then, click New. From the drop-down menu, choose Item.

 

Select Manage Grades from the grades navbar. Then, click New. Choose Item.

 

There are many Grade Items to choose from. Usually, the choice will be Numeric. For this demonstration, Numeric will be selected for the Grade Item Type.

 

Select Numeric for the Grade Item Type.

 

This demonstration will begin with Quizzes. A numeric Grade Item will be created with the folloing settings:

Name: Quiz 1

Category: Quizzes

Max Points: 20

Weight: This will be automatically populated, because the category was set to automatically weight all items evenly.

Grade SchemeDefault Scheme - Percentage

 

Create a grade item with the following settings.

 

Click Save and New. For this demonstration, three more quizzes like this will be created (Quizzes 2, 3, and 4).

 

Click on Grades List to see your gradebook. Now, four quizzes are listed.

Note: The Quizzes category is weighted at 20%, but each quiz within the category is weighted at 25%-25% of the Category Weight.

 

Grade Items in Grades List.

 

Next, grade items will be created for the Papers category. Three papers (Outline, Rough Draft, Final Paper) will be created for this gradebook. The same steps from above will be followed:

  1. Click New Item.
  2. Choose Numeric for the Grade Item type.
  3. An Outline grade item will be created with the following settings:

Name: Outline

Category: Papers

Max Points: 100

Weight: 20 (You must enter this manually because we set this category to have manually weighted items.)

Grade Scheme: Default Scheme - Percentage

Click Save and New.

 

Creating a grade item for the papers category.

 

Select Numeric for the Grade Item Type.

 

Create a Paper Grade Item with the following settings.

 

Two additional Paper Grade items will be created for this demonstration.

During this process, remember to manually assign a weight to each tiem. When you have a category with manually weighted grade items, the total weight of all the tiems must equal 100.

Rough Draft: Max Points = 100; Weight = 30

Final Paper: Max Points = 100; Weight = 50

When the process of creating all Paper grade items have been completeld, the gradebook should look like the example below:

 

Paper Grade Items in the Grades List. 

Finally, grade items for Midterm and Final Exams will be created using the following steps:

  1. Click New. Then select Item.
  2. Choose Numberic for the Grade Item type.
  3. Create a Midterm Exam grade item with the following settings

Name: Midterm Exam

Category: Exams

Max. Points: 100

Weight: This will be automatically populated because we set this category to automatically weight items based on the points.

Grade Scheme: Default Scheme - Percentage

 

Create grade itms for Midterm and Final Exams. Click New Its.

 

Select Numeric for the Grade Item type.

 

Create a grade item for Midterm Exam with the following settings.

 

Click Save and New and repeat these steps for the Final Exam grade item.

Name: Final Exam

Category: Exams

Max. Points: 100

Weight: This will be automatically populated because we set this category to automatically weight items based on points.

Grade Scheme: Default Scheme - Percentage

Click Save and Close.

 

Creating a Grade Item for Final Exam with the following settings.

 

Now, grade items for all grade categories have been created.

 

Completed Grade Items in Grades List

 

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Creating Bonus Items

 A bonus items is a separate grade item which students can elect to complete. Points earned on a bonus itme can only improve a student's grade and are added to the final calculated grade. 

In this tutorial, an extra credit item that is work 5% of the final grade will be created.

 

To being to create a bonus itme, click New. Then, select Item.

 

Click New. Then, select Item.

 

Choose Numeric for the Grade Item type.

 

Select Numeric as the Grade Item type.

 

Create an Extra Credit grade item with the following settings:

Name: Extra Credit

Category: None

Max. Points: 100

Weight: 5

Check the Bonus setting.

Grade Scheme: Default Scheme - Percentage

Click Save and Close.

 

Create a Bonus Grade Item with the following settings.

 

The Extra Credit item now appears in the Grades list, noted with a star.

 

Bonus Grade Item in Grades List

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Creating a Custom Grade Scheme

To begin the process of creating a custom grade scheme, select Grades from the course navbar.

 

Select Grades from the course navbar.

 

Then, click Schemes.

 

Click Schemes.

 

On the Schemes pages, click New Scheme

 

Click New Scheme.

 

Enter a Name for the scheme.

Enter a Short Name to display in the gradebook.

Define your grade Ranges:

  • Enter the symbol you want to display for the grade range in the Symbol column (e.g., "A" or "Excellent" or "4.0").
  • Enter the lowest grade to include in the range in the Start % column. Note: The first range starts at 0 and ends at the next range's Start %.
  • Select the color you want associated with the range in the Color column.
  • Enter the numeric grade you want users to achieve when they are evaluated using the grade scheme in the Assigned Value % field. Note: If you do not assign a value, the start percentage is used as the default.

 

Enter a Name. Enter a Short Time. Define your Grade Ranges.

 

You can click Add Ranges to add additional grade scheme levels.

 

You can click Add Ranges.

 

You can click the Delete icon beside a grade scheme level to delete it.

 

You and click the Delete icon to delete a scheme

 

Click Save and Close.

 

Click Save and Close.

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