Gradebook Preferences

On the main Gradebook menu, accessed by selecting the Gradebook link on the course Manage tab, select the Preferences link beneath the Gradebook Setup subheading to set or modify gradebook preferences. On the Preferences screen, you can copy gradebook settings from another course or group, select the gradebook mode and display, and decide how to treat ungraded items.


Preferences screen

Copy Gradebook Settings

To copy gradebook settings from another course or group in which you have editor rights:

  1. Near the top of the Preferences screen, select the Copy Gradebook Settings tool link.
  2. Select the name of the course or group whose settings you wish to copy from the pull-down menu.
  3. Select the check boxes for the settings to copy from the following options.
    • Gradebook Preferences
    • Grading Scale
    • Macros
    • Categories
    • Assignments
  4. Click the Copy Settings button.


    Copying gradebook settings from another course

Note: Use this tool with caution. This tool will erase the current settings and replace them with the settings from the selected course.

Default Display Format

The Default Display Format setting specifies how assignment grades and category averages will display on the View Grades screen. Select the default display format from the pull-down menu. The following format options are available:

  • Percent (Letter Grade): Displays both a percentage score and the corresponding letter grade (if you have set up a grading scale)
  • Score (Percent): Displays both the student's raw score and the corresponding percentage
  • Score (Letter Grade): Displays both the raw score and the corresponding letter grade (if you have set up a grading scale)
  • Score: Displays the raw score
  • Percent: Displays the percentage
  • Letter Grade: Displays the letter grade (if you have set up a grading scale)

Ungraded Item and Course Assistant Options

Four Options check boxes allow you to select the following options:

  • Treat Ungraded Items as Zero: Displays a score of zero for all assignments that do not have a grade specified.
  • Limit Course Assistants By Team: Limits course assistant rights to viewing/entering grades only for students who are affiliated with the same team(s) as the course assistant.
  • Exclude Instructors from Averages: Excludes any gradebook data generated by instructors when calculating averages
  • Show Grades for Dropped Students: Includes grades for students who have dropped the course when displaying grades

Note: Members assigned course assistant rights in an ANGEL course have full access to grading and activity tools and reports; however, they may not delete student responses to lesson items or add/delete lesson content. Rights for course members are assigned using the Roster tool on the Manage tab.

Gradebook Mode

From the Gradebook Mode pull-down menu, you can select whether to grade by points or percentages.

Points: This option allows for a points-based grading system. Each assignment is worth a specified point total. In points mode, each category is worth the total number of points of its assignments. All categories are added together to determine the overall grade. For example, the overall grade for a course with a Homework category worth 150 points, a Quiz category worth 150 points, and an Exam category worth 300 points would be calculated based on 600 points.

Note: Weights and formulas are not available for categories when in points mode.

Percentage: This option allows for a percentage-based grading system. In percentage mode, each category counts as a specific percentage toward the overall grade. The percentage for each category is set when it is created. For example, an instructor has a course with a Homework category worth 50% of the overall grade, and a Quiz and Exam category each counting as 25% toward the overall grade.

Note: Category weights and formulas are available in percentage mode.

Average Settings

The Display Overall Average option displays the overall calculated grade for students on the View Grades by User screen. Used in conjunction with the Treat Ungraded Items as Zero option (see above) it is possible to display the student's overall average at the moment. For example, a student has completed three out of ten assignments for the course and received grades of A, B, and C, respectively. To display an accurate depiction of the student's overall average (a "B") do not opt to treat ungraded items as a zero and do opt to display the overall average.

Note: The overall average is always displayed on the View All Grades screen, regardless of whether the Display Overall Average check box is selected.

The Overall Display Format setting specifies how course grades will display in the Overall column on the View Grades screen. From the Overall Display Format pull-down menu, select one of the following formats:

  • Percent (Letter Grade): Displays both a percentage score and the corresponding letter grade (if you have set up a grading scale)
  • Score (Percent): Displays both the student's raw score and the corresponding percentage
  • Score (Letter Grade): Displays both the raw score and the corresponding letter grade (if you have set up a grading scale)
  • Score: Displays the raw score
  • Percent: Displays the percentage
  • Letter Grade: Displays the letter grade (if instructors have set up a grading scale)

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