How do I create a simple gradebook for a face-to-face course?

You will learn how to add Grade items to the gradebook for a simple "Natural" or sum of grades gradebook where students can view their grades for your face-to-face course.

1. View the grade breakdown in your syllabus.

View the grade breakdown in your syllabus.

2. Click on Grades in the Administration block.

Click on Grades in the Administration block.

3. The Grader report page will display.

The Grader report page displays as the default entry point into the gradebook for instructors. The Grader report page is similar to a spreadsheet showing all of the student names and the Grade items for your course. Students will only see the User report page which shows only their own grades.

4. Click on Setup.

The Setup link is under the Grade administration. Expand the Setup category by clicking on it.

Click on Setup.

5. Click on Categories and items.

Click on Categories and items.

6. The Categories and items page will display.

The Categories and items page is where you add and organize Grade items and Categories (folders of Grade items). You can also create custom calculations and choose various methods of aggregating Grade items.

7. Click on Add grade item.

8. Type the Item name.

Type the Item name.

9. Type a Maximum grade value.

Type a Maximum grade value.

10. Click on Save changes.

Click on Save changes.

11. The Grade item now displays on the Categories and items page.

12. Repeat this process to add the remaining Grade items for your course.

Note that the Max grade column for the Course total will automatically adjust for each Grade item you create.

13. Click on Grader report.

When you are finished, click on the Grader report link.

Click on Grader report.

14. The Grader report page now displays all of the Grade items you created.

15. Students can only view their own grades in the User report.

In the User report, you can choose which columns the students can view. The columns shown below are the default view. Use the Course grade settings page to customize the User report.

Article Summary

You have now learned how to setup a basic gradebook for your face-to-face course.



How do I add a Range on a category item? I created an item but it does not let me add a score because a range is not set up.

Ken Moyer

When you create a Grade Item on the Gradebook setup page (used to be called Categories and items), you can specify the range by using the Maximum grade and the Minimum grade fields. To edit a Grade item that you have already created, return to the Grade setup page and click on the Edit link to the right of the Grade item you want to edit.


One of the students' grade is locked. There is a symbol of it is indicated on a single view. What is the cause of it?

Ken Moyer

To remove a locked grade item for an individual student, go to the Grader report and click on 'Turn editing on'. Now, click on the cog wheel next to grade item which has the lock on it. Deselect the 'Locked' checkbox. Make sure that the 'Lock after' date is not checked. Finally, click on 'Save changes'. That should do it.

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