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What is the Gradebook?

Gradebook Tool

Summary

This article explains what the Gradebook is used for.

The Gradebook is a tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to students online.

Key concepts

Features: Using the Gradebook, instructors can:

  • Autocalculate course grades, with the ability to override any course grade
  • Define course letter grades based on a 100% scale
  • Choose between point- or percentage-based grading
  • Create categories to organize items and allow for weighting of grades
  • Enter, view, edit, and release to students scores, grades, and comments
  • Transmit scores to the Gradebook from tools such as Quiz & Survey, Assignments, and Forums
  • Export scores and grades to Microsoft Excel (in .csv format)
  • Import item scores from spreadsheet (.csv) files.

Viewing scores: The Gradebook lets students view their own scores and grades once instructors have released them.

Things to consider

  • Instructors can view information in the Gradebook in different ways, including an item summary for each course, item detail, all grade listing, course grade listing, gradebook setup, and course grade options.
  • Students can view their scores for all items; view their course grades, once an instructor releases them; and sort their items by title, due date, grade, and weight, where applicable.
  • The Gradebook is section aware, so assistants can see grades only for students in their particular sections.
  • Currently, the Gradebook does not allow you to assign extra credit by default. However you may create a gradebook item - not included in course grade calculations - to keep track of extra credit - and then just use the 'Grade Override' field for each student to add in their extra credit at the end of the semester.
  • Instructors can import grades. For instructions, see Enter or Update Grades Using a Spreadsheet (Excel).
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Create and use a robust gradebook