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Changing Grades Settings

 

Accessing the Grades Settings Pages

In the Grades tool, click Settings in the top right of the page.

Grade Settings Link

Changing Personal Display Options

The Personal Display Options page lets you set what information you want to display in your grade book. Setting these options helps you set up a grade book that has the information you need and is easy to navigate and read.

Personal Display Options

Managing View Display Options

This section lists the majority of the customization options for your grade book view. You can choose to display:

  1. User details:
    1. Username: The username will be included in users’ respective rows in your grade book (e.g., FirstName, LastName, StudentName1949).
    2. Org Defined ID: Users’ campus IDs will be included in their respective entries in your grade book (e.g., FirstName, LastName, 123456789).
  2. Grade details:
    1. Points grade: A student’s score over the maximum possible points for that grade item (e.g., 6/10).
    2. Weighted grade:  The weight of a grade item in relation to the final grade (e.g., 3/5 [for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade]). Note: This option is only available for the weighted grading system.
    3. Grade scheme symbol: The scheme symbol associated with the user’s score on the grade item (e.g., “Good”). If you are not using a custom grading scheme, we recommend leaving this feature enabled since the default scheme displays to score’s percentage. To learn about creating a new grading scheme see Creating a Grade Scheme.
    4. Grade scheme color: Highlights the grade in the scheme color associated with the user’s score on the grade item. If you are not using a custom grading scheme, we recommend leaving this feature enabled as the default scheme includes an intuitive color scheme for each grade level. To learn about creating a new grading scheme see Creating a Grade Scheme.
  3. The number of characters to display for Text items before truncating it. Try to find a balance between using a lot of space in the grade book and having enough text to understand the item.
  4. The number of columns before user details repeat. This option is referring to how the spreadsheet in your grade book is displayed. In this case, each column (except the column dedicated to the user name) is dedicated to either a grade item, the calculated final grade, or the adjusted final grade.  Setting this to value to 3, for example, will repeat the user name column after every three grade columns. This is helpful when working with longer grade books.
  5. The number of users before column header repeats. This option is also referring to how the spreadsheet in your grade book is displayed. Each row is dedicated to a specific user. Setting this value to 3, for example, will repeat the column headers of the spreadsheet after every 3 rows of students. This also helps working with long grade books.
  6. Where final grades repeat within the grading spreadsheet:
    1. Set whether you see a user’s calculated final grade at the start of the grade book next to the user’s name as well as after all grade item columns.
    2. Set whether you see a user’s adjusted final grade at the start of the grade book next to the user’s name as well as after all grade item columns.  

 

Managing View Display Options

Start Page

Under this section, you can see the default area you will be directed to when you click on Grades in the navigation bar. For example, selecting Manage Grades will direct you to the Manage Grades tab within the grading tool every time you click Grades on the navigation bar. This is a good way to streamline your workflow if you view certain tabs more than others.

Start Page Drop down

Changing Course Display Options

The Org Unit Display Options page lets you set what information will be displayed in users’ grade books.

Org Unit Display Options

The page is broken up into two main sections: Managing View Display Options and Student View Display Options.

Managing View Display Options

There is a single option In this section that lets you set the number of decimal places are displayed in percentage items in your grade book view. The default value is 2 and the maximum value is 5 (e.g., 82.76%). Note that this option only changes how many decimals are displayed. It does not control how many decimals the Grades tool rounds to when calculating grades.

Decimal Display options

Student View Display Options

This section lets you edit how grades appear your student’s grade books. You can choose to display:

  1. Various grade details:
    1. Points grade: A student’s score over the maximum possible points for that grade item (e.g., 6/10).
    2. Weighted grade:  The weight of a grade item in relation to the final grade (e.g., 3/5 [for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade]). Note: This option is only available for the weighted grading system.
    3. Grade scheme symbol: The scheme symbol associated with their score on the grade item (e.g., “Good”). If you are not using a custom grading scheme, we recommend leaving this feature enabled since the default scheme displays to score’s percentage. To learn about creating a new grading scheme see Creating a Grade Scheme.
    4. Grade scheme color: Highlights the grade in the scheme color associated with their score on the grade item. If you are not using a custom grading scheme, we recommend leaving this feature enabled as the default scheme includes an intuitive color scheme for each grade level. To learn about creating a new grading scheme see Creating a Grade Scheme.
  2. The number of decimals a user sees in their grade percentages. The default value is 2 and the maximum value is 5. Note: This option only changes how many decimals are displayed, it does not control how many decimals the Grades tool rounds to when calculating grades.
  3. The number of characters to display for Text items before the text is truncated. Try and find a balance between presenting enough information for users to recognize the text item and keeping the item short enough that it displays nicely. The default value is 15 and the maximum value is 50.
  4. The final grade calculation that allows users to see how their grade was calculated. 

Student View Display Options

Changing Calculation Options

The Calculation Options page lets you set or change the type of grading system you use to calculate users’ grades, whether you want to release the calculated final grade or an adjusted final grade, and how you want to calculate ungraded items.

Calculation Options

Grading System

You can change your grading system to:

  1. Weighted: Categories and grade items are calculated as a percentage of a final grade worth 100%. The Max. Points assigned to individual grade items can be any value, but their contribution towards the final grade is always their assigned weight.
  2. Points: Grade items are calculated using their Max. Points value, rather than a percentage. Users’ scores on grade items are totaled and then divided by the total points available.
  3. Formula: Grade items are calculated using the points system, but a formula is used to set conditions around how grade items contribute to the final grade. For more information on using formula-based grading systems, visit:_____________.

Final Grade Released

You can choose whether to release the:

  1. Calculated Final Grade: The grade achieved by users based on the grading formula setup in the grade book. You cannot adjust it without editing individual grade items and recalculating the total.
  2. Adjusted Final Grade: A final grade that can be adjusted or modified before being released to users.

Final Grade Options

Grade Calculations

Adjust ungraded items are automatically calculated in the grade book:

  1. Drop ungraded items: Grade items that you have not entered grades for are not counted towards users’ final grades. They are ignored in the final grade calculation. You must manually assign a 0 to any grade item you want to be graded as 0. Select this option if you plan to make users’ grades available to them before the end of the course.
  2. Treat ungraded items as 0: Empty grade items automatically count as a 0 towards users’ final grades. Note that if you add new items to the grade book later, users receive a 0 until you update their score. Select this option if you leave grade items blank because no work was submitted and you don’t want to manually change the grades to 0.

You can also decide whether you would like final grades to be automatically adjusted after changing a grade item. If this option is not selected, you must tell the grade book when to recalculate final grades.

Ungraded Items Options