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Grade Column

Grade Columns represent any Student effort that is measured. Columns are added to the Grade Center automatically for work done on the system in Discussion Boards, Assignments and Tests and Surveys. Work done that is not automatically graded can be measured in the Grade Center by creating a Grade Column.



Creating and Adding Grade Columns

Grade Columns can be added manually to the Grade Center to represent any item. Enter the following Column Information to add a new Column to the Grade Center:

  • Column Name is a required field. Column Name is displayed in the Grade Center if no Grade Center Display Name is entered. This field only displays the first 15 characters in the Column header.
  • Grade Center Display Name appears as the Column header in the Grade Center. This field displays 15 characters in the Column header. The Grade Center is the only place where this name is used.
  • A Description is optional but helps Instructors and other graders identify the Column.
  • Primary Display is the grade format shown in the Grade Center and to Students. Options include Score, Text, Percentage, Letter, and Complete/Incomplete. The Secondary Display option shows the grade format in the Grade Center only. The Secondary Display is denoted by parentheses.
  • Categories classify Grade Center Columns and can be used to create Smart Views that focus the view of Grade Center data or to create Calculated Columns. Select No Categories to remove all Category associations.
  • Points Possible is a required field. Entries must be numeric.

Dates

Associate the Column to an available Grading Period. The Grading Period list will only show if Grading Periods have been created.

Columns that are assigned a Due Date are automatically associated with a Grading Period if the Due Date falls within the date range of the Grading Period. The option to automatically Associate Columns with a Grading Period is set when Adding or Editing the Grading Period.


Options

Include this Column in Other Grade Center Calculations makes it possible to include this Column in other calculated Columns.

Show this Column in My Grades and Show Statistics (average and median) for this Column in My Grades control what information Students can see.


Automatically Added Grade Columns

The following content items, when created, automatically add Columns to the Grade Center:

  • Discussion Boards: Forum Settings must be set to Grade Forum or Grade Forum Threads.
  • Assignments: Columns are added but Assignments must be graded manually.
  • Tests and Surveys: Automatically scored online. Some question types that contain written responses, such as essay questions, must be graded manually.

The settings and scoring for automatically added Columns can be edited in the Grade Center.

 

Create Calculated Column

Average Grade Column

Once in the Grade Center, mouse over the Create Calculated Column icon in the Action Bar and select Average from the drop-down menu. On the Create Average Column, enter the Column Name, Grade Center Display Name (optional), Description (optional), Primary Display, and Secondary Display. Choose a Grading Period (if you wish to associate this column with a particular Grading Period). Select Columns to include in the Average column. You can include All Grade Columns, All Grade Columns in a particular Grading Period, or Selected Grade Columns, Calculated Columns and Categories and then decide whether or not to Calculate as a running total. Next, decide whether or not you include this column in Grade Center calculations, show this column in My Grades, and/or show Statistics (average and median) for this column in My Grades before you select Submit to save.


Minimum/Maximim Cloumn

Once in the Grade Center, mouse over the Create Calculated Column icon in the Action Bar and select Minimum/Maximum Column from the drop-down menu. On the Create Minimum/Maximum Column page, enter the Column Name, Grade Center Display Name (optional), Description (optional), Primary Display, and Secondary Display. Choose a Grading Period (if you wish to associate this column with a particular Grading Period). Select Columns to include in the Minimum/Maximum column. First, decide which Calculation Type column you would like to create: Minimum or Maximum. Second, you can include All Grade Columns, All Grade Columns in a particular Grading Period, or Selected Grade Columns, Calculated Columns and Categories and then decide whether or not to Calculate as a running total. Next, decide whether or not you include this column in Grade Center calculations, show this column in My Grades, and/or show Statistics (average and median) for this column in My Grades before you select Submit to save.


Total Points Column

Once in the Grade Center, mouse over the Create Calculated Column icon in the Action Bar and select Total Column from the drop-down menu. On the Create Total Column page, enter the Column Name, Grade Center Display Name (optional), Description (optional), Primary Display, and Secondary Display. Then, choose a Grading Period (if you wish to associate this column with a particular Grading Period). Next, select the columns and/or categories that you would like to include in this Total Grade Column, and decide whether or not to calculate as a running total. You will also have to decide whether or not you include this column in Grade Center calculations, show this column in My Grades, and/or show Statistics (average and median) for this column in My Grades before you select Submit to save.


Create Weighted Column

Once in the Grade Center, mouse over the Create Calculated Column icon in the Action Bar and select Weighted Column from the drop-down menu.


On the Create Weighted Column page, enter the Column Name, Grade Center Display Name (optional), Description (optional), Primary Display, and Secondary Display. Then, choose a Grading Period (if you wish to associate this column with a particular Grading Period). Next, select the columns and/or categories that you would like to include in this Weighted Grade Column, enter the weight percentage for each item (the percentages should add up to 100%) and decide whether or not to calculate as a running total. You will also have to decide whether or not you include this column in Grade Center calculations, show this column in My Grades, and/or show Statistics (average and median) for this column in My Grades before you select Submit to save.

 

Edit Column Information

In the Grade Center page, find the column you want to modify and select Edit Column Information from the Action Link (drop-down) menu; when in the Edit Column page, make the desired changes to Column Name, Grade Center Display Name, Description, Primary Display, Secondary Display, Category, Points Possible, Dates, Grading Period, Due Date, or the additional Options that you wish and select Submit to save the changes you have made.

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Updated: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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