How do I use weighted mean for my gradebook?

You will learn how to change the default course aggregation method from "Natural" (sum of grades) to "Weighted mean of grades". This will allow you to weigh individual Grade items and/or Categories of Grade items.

Look at the grade weights within your syllabus.

Grade Items Percentage
Course Acceptance Message 2%
Weekly Discussions 40% (8@5% each)
Paper 1 10%
Paper 2 10%
Paper 3
40%
TOTAL 102%

1. Enter your course.

2. Click on the Gear icon.

3. Select Gradebook setup.

4. The Gradebook setup page will display.

Note that the Max grade column shows a maximum value of 402 points.

Click on Edit.

5. Click on Edit.

Each Category and each Grade item has an associated Edit link. Click on the Edit link for the main grade category which by default has the same name as the course name.

Click on Edit.

6. Click on Edit settings.

Click on Edit settings.

7. Select Weighted mean of grades from the drop-down menu.

Use the Aggregation drop-down menu to select Weighted mean of grades. We need to weigh the grades because the points are not equivalent to the weights.

Select Weighted mean of grades from the drop-down menu.

8. Click on Save changes.

Click on Save changes.

9. View the Gradebook page.

Note that the Max grade column now shows a maximum value of 102.

View the Gradebook page.

10. Use the Weights column to assign a weight to each grade item and/or category.

The weights should equal the Max grade column total possible.

Assign weight values to each Grade item and Category.

11. Click on Save changes.

Your gradebook is now set to weigh each grade item relative to each other.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to change the course aggregation method from Natural to Weighted mean of grades.

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