Monday, September 27, 2010

Link items to the gradebook

When you look at your gradebook are the items you assigned and intended to grade from the lessons all 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 should automatically enter into the gradebook. How do you make that happen? Here's how!

Linking the Lesson Item to a Gradebook column:
  • From Lessons, go to the item you want students to complete or submit (discussion, dropbox, assessment, etc.) and 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 explantion, give Jeff or Angela a call and they will be happy to explain in more depth.)
Now 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
  • Category - choose the proper category for the assignment from the drop down menu
  • Points Possible - how many points is this assignment worth?
  • Calculation Type - there are FIVE choices and here are how they work:

    • Average score - if students are allowed to submit multiple times and you want to take the average of their scores
    • Maximum score - the highest score if students submit multipel times
    • First submission - (default) the first score recorded for a student
    • Last submission (RECOMMENDED CHOICE)- the last score recorded for a student 
    • Manual - do not choose this option for anything submitted electronically; only choose this option if students physically hand in items to you in class
  • Display Format - shows the choices you made in the Preferences area and you should just leave as Default since those choices are already made

Remember to click SAVE or you will get to do this all over again!

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