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Setting up your eCollege gradebook

Posted at 8:45 a.m. Jan. 13, 2015, by in eCollege, Grading & Gradebook

Setting up your eCollege gradebook

Note: Setting up your Gradebook is easiest to do after you have created all the graded Content Items (ie, Dropbox items, Threaded Discussions, exams) for your course.

While in “Author” mode, click on “gradebook” button in the top menu. Then, click on “Set up Gradebook and Rubrics” button.

Step 1: Check to make sure all items are “gradeable”

  1. Click “Add new items”
  2. Make sure all of the items you would like added to the gradebook are selected by selecting the check box to the left of each item.Add new items- eCollege gradebook
  3. If you’d like to add assignments to the gradebook that are not associated to eCollege (ie, in class assignments, participation points, etc), you would do so here. Please see this post for instructions on how to do this.
  4. Click “Save Changes,” then click “Next.”

Step 2: Select gradable items

  1. You should now be in the “Select Gradable Items” area of the gradebook setup.Select gradable items- eCollege gradebook
  2. Make sure all of your assignments are checked off in the appropriate column (“Home” or their associated unit/module column). Any assignments or items that you added in the “Add new items” page may not be checked off here.
  3. Click “Save Changes,” then click “Next.”
Before moving on: How will your grades be calculated?
  1. You should now be in the “Assign Points/Weights” area of the gradebook setup.
  2. Before you move forward, you need to determine how your grades will be calculated:
    • Points only: If you grade different assignments based on varying point values only, and do not organize assignments into different categories, use this option. For example, you might have a midterm worth 30 points, a final exam worth 30 points, a research paper worth 20 points, and an attendance/participation grade worth 20 points.
    • Weighted categories: If you break your gradebook into weighted categories with multiple assignments in each category, or if you grade all of your assignments out of 100 points, this is the best option for you. For example, if your gradebook is broken down as such: exams 50%, papers 30%, discussions/attendance 20%. Note that you can still assign different assignments varying point values, but they will be weighted appropriately when the students’ final grades are calculated.
  3. If you are using the weighted categories option, you must change your gradebook preferences. If you are using the points only option, skip to Step 3, Option A: Assign Points and Weights (points only) below.
    • To change your gradebook preferences to weighted categories: you should see a message stating “Gradebook weighting is turned off. If you want to assign weighted percentages to items in your gradebook, go to Preferences to turn weighting on.” Click on the word “Preferences” in this message.
    • You will see the following screen:eCollege gradebook preferences
    • Select the checkbox to the left of “Use weighted categories” and click “Save Changes.”
    • Navigate back to the “Assign Points/Weights” page by clicking on the page title above the red line.
    • Skip to Step 3, Option B: Assign Points and Weights (weighted categories and points).

Step 3, Option A: Assign Points and Weights (points only)

  1. You should be in the “Assign Points/Weights” area of the gradebook setup.Assign points and weights- eCollege gradebook
  2. The name of each graded item appears in a red bar, with its point value displayed underneath. Enter the point value of each graded item in the text box that appears beneath its title.
  3. Click “Save Changes.”

Step 3, Option B: Assign Points and Weights (weighted categories and points)

  1. You should be in the “Assign Points/Weights” area of the gradebook setup.Assign points and weights- eCollege gradebook
  2. The name of each graded item appears in a red bar, with its weighted percentage and point value displayed underneath.
  3. You can enter the category percentage value of each item by entering it into the appropriate text box (for example, in the image above, Class Participation could be 20% of the grade, and graded out of 100 points). If you have multiple gradebook items lumped into one category, click the “Distribute Weight %” button:Distribute weight- eCollege gradebook
    • Here, enter the percentage of the assignments in the text box to the left of the % symbol.
    • Check each assignment that should be included in that percentage by selecting the checkbox to the left of each assignment.
    • Click “Distribute Weight.”
    • For example, if I wanted all class discussions to be worth 20% of the students’ grade, I would enter the following:distributeweightex
  4. Make sure you have a point value assigned to each assignment. If you grade all of your assignments out of 100, you would assign each item a value of 100 points.

 

 

 

 

 

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