Monday, November 24, 2008

Adding Zeros to the Gradebook

Do you have students who have not turned in work but their grade does not reflect that fact? Do you need to enter a few zeros for assignments? How do you do that?

Usually, when you grade st
udent work, you grade it from the Lesson location - where it actually occurred - by clicking Utilities -> View, Grade or Delete and grading the items. This, then, transfers the grades from the assignment to the gradebook automatically. Voila! You are through! However, how do you enter a zero for an item that does not exist in the gradeable items area? This is one of the few instances you will actually go to the gradebook to enter grades. Here's how:

  • Click the Manage tab
  • Click Gradebook
  • Choose "By Assignment" under the "Enter/Edit Grade" heading

  • From the drop-down list on the new page, choose the assignment for which you want to add grades
  • Click the Go button

  • NOTE: Student grades are listed but there may also be some blank ones for those who have not turned in assignments 
  • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen to the Batch Update area - click in the second box and enter a zero (0)
  • In the large box, key in some generic message such as "Assignment not submitted"
  • Click the Batch Update button - this inserts a zero (0) in for all assignments that do not have grades listed and the message "Assignment not submitted" in the comment box
  • Click the Save button (or you will have to do this all over again)
  • If you want to enter grades for another assignment, look at the top of the screen - (1) choose the dropdown arrow and choose the assignment, then (2) click the Go button

When you are all finished, click the Done button at the bottom of the screen.

That's it! Remember, if you have any questions or would like Jeff or Angela to walk you through this, feel free to contact us either by phone or just drop in. Sometimes, we even have chocolate available!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Linking Gradable Items to the Gradebook

If you look at your gradebook and the items you intended to grade from the lessons, is everything listed in the gradebook?

Each assignment your students complete should have its own column in the gradebook and its own gradable item (discussion, dropbox, assessment, etc.). This will make your life so much easier!! When you grade an item from the submission on the Lessons tab, it will automatically enter into the gradebook. How do you do this? Here's how!

Linking the Lesson Item to a Gradebook column:
  • From the Lessons tab, go to the item you want students to complete or submit (discussion, dropbox, assessment, etc.)
  • Click the Settings tab
  • Look for the Assignment tab and click it
  • If under the Gradebook Settings it says "(None)", you will need to click the dropdown and select "(New Assignment)"
  • NOTE ABOUT "(NEW ASSIGNMENT)": ALWAYS CHOOSE NEW ASSIGNMENT TO ADD A GRADABLE ITEM TO THE GRADEBOOK (If you would like a little more detailed explanation, give Jeff or Angela a call and they will be happy to explain).
  • Then select the options to make this item fit in your gradebook properly, such as the category, how many points it is worth, and the Calculation Type
  • NOTE ABOUT THE CALCULATION TYPE: We recommend you choose Last Submission because this will allow you to go back to a graded item and adjust if necessary. If you choose First Submission, even if you need to change a grade you will not be able to make that change.
  • Click SAVE (or you will get to do all this over again!)