ARCHIVED: Oncourse Gradebook: Using categories and weighted grades

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Important:
Oncourse is retired. For details, see About the Oncourse retirement.
Note:
Letter grades in Gradebook are referred to as non-calculating grades. Non-calculating grades may be any string of text up to eight characters. If you want your grades calculated automatically, you must enter them as either points or percentages. See ARCHIVED: Changing the grade entry, type, and scale in Gradebook.

In the Gradebook tool, you can create categories and assign Gradebook items to them. Also, for calculated gradebook types (points and percentage), you can assign percentages to the categories, thereby weighting them and the items they contain.

Note:
If you want the Gradebook to drop the lowest or highest grades from a category, see ARCHIVED: Dropping the lowest or highest grade from a category in Gradebook.

Creating categories

To create Gradebook categories:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Gradebook.
  2. Near the top, click Gradebook Setup.
  3. Under "Categories & Weighting", choose Categories.
  4. In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you're adding. To create additional categories, click Add a Category.
  5. When you are finished, click Save Changes.

Creating categories with weighted grades

To create categories and weighted grades in points and percentage gradebooks:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Gradebook.
  2. Near the top, click Gradebook Setup.
  3. Under "Categories & Weighting", choose Categories & Weighting.
  4. In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you're adding. To create additional categories, click Add a Category.
  5. Next to each category name, under "%", enter a number representing that category's percentage of the final grade.
    Notes:
    • When the box in the "Adjustment Category" column is checked, the percentage assigned to the associated category will be counted as extra credit. See "Use an adjustment category" in ARCHIVED: Giving extra credit or a grade penalty in Gradebook.
    • Before you can save your changes, the total percentage of the regular categories must equal 100.0%.
  6. When you are finished, click Save Changes.

Adding Gradebook items to a category

After you create a category, you can assign Gradebook items to it while creating or editing the item; see ARCHIVED: Adding, editing, or deleting a Gradebook item.

Note:
When you assign Gradebook items to a category, keep in mind that items worth more points or with a greater relative weight are already weighted more heavily. If you want all items to influence the grade equally, you must make them worth the same point value or use the same relative weight for items in a percentage gradebook.

For more, see ARCHIVED: How categories and weighting affect grade calculation in points gradebooks and ARCHIVED: How categories and weighting affect grade calculation in percentage gradebooks.

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