Sep 18, 2017

Five *End-of-Semester* New/Classic Gradebook Tips

When it's end-of-semester grading time, where do you start?

After you've graded your student's last discussion postings, assignments, projects, papers, and/or tests, check out these five important Sakai grading tips..(if you need help with other grading tasks, see Resources below)

New Gradebook Tips

  1. What are your course letter grade/point values? At the top of the new Gradebook, click the Settings tab then Grading Schema link
    • You can change your Grade Type (click on the drop-down) and/or your Grade Point minimum's (our default grade is a "Letter Grades", based on a 10 point scale). After updates, click Save Changes.

  2. Are all the gradebook item part of your student course grade? In the new Gradebook (on the Grades tab), to the right of the Course Grade column, view each Gradebook item's "title box"; if it contains a crossed out calculator in the lower left corner of the "title box", the grade is NOT included in the Gradebook. 
    • If you need to make a change, click in the lower right corner of the Gradebook item "title box" on the drop down arrow, then click Edit Item Details
    Below a gradebook item title, an arrow points to a crossed out calculator; in the right corner, an arrow points to the edit drop-down arrow
    • After making updates (such as checking beside "Release Item to students?" and "Include item in course grade calculations?", click Save Changes.

  3. What if you missed grading an item (such as assignments or tests not submitted by students)?
    The Gradebook *does not include* ungraded gradebook items in the final course grade. Students could get a higher course grade: 
    • Be careful: Only do this after finishing ALL of your grading!
    • In the Gradebook, in the Course Grades "title box", click on the drop down arrow in the right corner, click on Set Zero Score for Empty cells. 
    • Your students grades will be recalculated.

  4. What if you need to override a student's course grade (their letter grade)?
    In the Gradebook, beside a student's name, click on the Course Grade cell drop down arrow. DO NOT DO THIS FOR EVERY STUDENT's GRADE!
    • Click Course Grade Override
    • Enter the student's new letter grade in the Grade Override box
    • Click Save Course Grade Override. FYI: If your student's grade was 89.9, and you updated the B to an A letter grade, the number grade will now display as 90.

  5. How do you release course grades to students? 
  6. At the top of the Gradebook, click Settings, then Grade Release Rules. 
    • Click the check box beside Display final course grade to students
    • Click beside Letter Grade and/or Percentage (unless using Points). 
    • Click Save Changes.

Need more new Gradebook details (and how to work with Points)? 


    Go to Classic Gradebook Tips: Click on "Read more>>" below


Classic Gradebook Tips

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  1. What are your course letter grade/point values? At the top of the Classic Gradebook, click Course Grade Options
    • You can change your Grade Type and/or your Grade Point minimum's (our default grade is a letter, based on a 10 point scale). After updates, click Save.

  2. Are all the graded items part of your student course grade? In the Classic Gradebook default view, review the Included in Course Grade column. 
    • If you need to make a change, beside the grade item, click Edit. After making updates, click Save Changes.

  3. What if you missed grading an item (such as assignments not submitted by students)? The Gradebook *does not include* ungraded gradebook items in the final course grade. Students could get a higher course grade. 
    • Careful: Do this AFTER completing all of your grading!
    • In the Gradebook, click Course Grades
    • To enter zeroes for all ungraded assignments, at the bottom, click on Set Ungraded Items to Zero. Your students grades will be recalculated.

  4. What if you need to override a student's course grade (their letter grade)? 
    • DO NOT do this for every student's grade!
    • In the Gradebook, click Course Grades. Enter a student's new letter grade in the Grade Override box. Click Save Changes. FYI: If you student's grade was 89.9 and you changed the grade from B to A, the number grade will now be 90.

  5. How do you release course grades to students? 
    • At the top of the Gradebook, click Course Grade Options. Click in the check box beside Display course grade to students now. Click Save.

Resources 

  • Gradebook: Check out the Sakai Gradebook Resources for Instructors. It includes:
    • Extra Credit: How does extra credit work in both Gradebooks?
    • Grade Calculations: How are Grades are calculated in both Gradebooks?
  • Tests & Quizzes: How do you set up, publish and grade Tests?
  • Assignments: How do you create, edit, release and grade Assignments?
  • Forums: How do you create and grade Forum posts?

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