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.
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2. Click on the Gear icon on the course main page.
3. Select Gradebook setup.
4. The Gradebook setup page will display.
This is the main page where you will do all of your creation of grade items, categories (folders) and aggregation methods (we'll do "Natural" aggregation which is summing the grade points). You can also create custom calculations, set a category to drop the lowest grade, and create a category which deducts points rather than adding point.
5. Click on Add grade item.
6. Type a title for the first grade item.
You can type pretty much any text you want, but if you have plans to export the gradebook to Excel, and/or import grades from Excel, then it is recommended to not use any symbols, like !@#$%^&*(), etc.
7. Type the maximum number of points possible.
8. Click on Save changes.
Locking the grade or creating a lock after date is not recommended because it is not uncommon for a faculty member to create such a date, then when they try to grade this Grade item, they find it is locked. They don't remember that they locked it.
9. We now have our first Grade item in the Gradebook setup page.
Follow these steps to edit this grade item. Let's say for example that you want to add a Grade to pass to this grade item. A Grade to pass is useful if you are using Activity Completion within the course or you simply want students grades to display in the Grader report as either red (didn't achieve the Grade to pass) or green (did achieve the Grade to pass).
9.1. Click on Edit.
9.2. Select Edit settings.
9.3. Click on Show more...
9.4. Type a value for the Grade to pass.
9.5. Click on Save changes.
10. 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.
You have now learned how to setup a basic gradebook for your face-to-face course.