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Gradebook: Categories


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Categories are essential in a weighted gradebook and optional in a points gradebook. In a points gradebook, categories are used as an organizational tool. In a weighted gradebook, categories are used to specify the total weight a group of grade items contributes to the course final grade. If you create categories you can drop the lowest or highest grades from a set of grade items.

Important Note: Before creating you category, you will want to decide whether you wish to use a weighted gradebook or a points gradebook. This is a choice you will make when using the Setup Wizard, and it will change what you see when creating your category. For more information, view the Gradebook: Setup Wizard documentation.

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click Grades. The User List screen appears.

  2. Click the Manage Grades tab near the top of the screen.

    Manage Grades Tab

  3. Click New and select Category from the dropdown menu.

    New Category

  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the grade category.

  5. Optional: In the Short Name text box, type an abbreviated name for the grade category. Students see the category name in their view of their own grades; instructors see the short name.

  6. Optional: If you wish to give the category a description, click Show Description and enter the desired description in the box. You may also choose whether or not to allow users to view the description.

Once you reach this point, the options you see in the Grading section will differ depending on whether you have chosen to use a weighted or points gradebook. Follow the set of directions below that is appropriate for your specific case.

Weighted Gradebook

Follow these directions if you are using a weighted gradebook.

Weighted Categories

  1. In the Weight text box, enter the percentage the category as a whole will contribute to the final grade (e.g. 10% of the final grade).

  2. If you wish toallow students' grades for the category to exceed 100%, select Allow category grade to exceed category weight.

  3. In the Distribution section, you may choose to manually assign weight to items in the category, distribute weight by points across all items in the category, or distribute weight evenly across all the items.

    Note: If you chose the final option, you may also drop any number of lowest or highest non-bonus grade items within a category by specifying the number of items in the appropriate text box.

  4. Click Show Display Options and select the options provided there if desired.

  5. If you wish to set visibility restrictions, click the Restrictions tab near the top of the page. By default the category is always visible, but you may choose to hide the category or set specific date range, during which time the category will be visible.

  6. Click Save and Close if you are finished creating categories, Save and New to save the current category and create another one, or Save to save the category, but keep it open.

Points Gradebook

Follow these directions if you are using a points gradebook.

Grading Categories

  1. If you wish to allow students' grades for the category to exceed 100%, select Can Exceed.

  2. If you wish, select Exclude from Final Grade Calculation.

  3. In the Distribution section, you may select Distribute points across all items if you want all items in the category to be worth the same amount. You will then be asked to specify the number of points per item in this category.

  4. Optional:To drop any number of lowest or highest non-bonus grade items within a category, specify the number of items in the appropriate text box. These options will only be available if you have selected the Distribute points… option from step 3.

  5. Click Show Display Options and select the options provided there if desired.

  6. If you wish to set visibility restrictions, click the Restrictions tab near the top of the page. By default the category is always visible, but you may choose to hide the category or set specific date range, during which time the category will be visible.

  7. Click Save and Close if you are finished creating categories, Save and New to save the current category and create another one, or Save to save the category, but keep it open.
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