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.

Assignment Points
Bio and Photo 25
Opinion Paper 100
Critical Analysis 100
Social Order 100
Research Proposal 200
Final Exam 125

2. Click on the Gear icon on the course main page.

Click on the Gear icon on the course main page.

3. Select Gradebook setup.

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.

The Gradebook setup page will display.

5. Click on Add grade item.

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.

Type a title for the first grade item.

7. Type the maximum number of points possible.

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.

Click on Save changes.

9. We now have our first Grade item in the Gradebook setup page.

We now have our first Grade item in the Gradebook setup page.
Would you like to edit this Grade item?

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).

1. Click on Edit.

Click on Edit.

2. Select Edit settings.

Select Edit settings.

3. Click on Show more...

Click on Show more...

4. Type a value for the Grade to pass.

Type a value for the Grade to pass.

5. Click on Save changes.

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.

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

Article Summary

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