Creating Categories + Items

Now that you have completed the Grades Setup Wizard you can create your categories and items. Categories can be used to organize your gradebook, but are not required. Items can be connected to tools in VIULearn, or you can add students' marks to items manually. 

Creating Gradebook Categories + Items

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Creating Gradebook Categories + Items

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Editing Gradebook Categories and Items

Detailed Item Creation Steps

  1. Choose Assessment and Grades from the course navigation bar.
  2. On the Manage Grades page, click the blue New button and select Item.
  3. Click on the item type you wish to create (this will almost always be Numeric).
  4. Enter a Name for the grade item. (You can also enter a Short Name to display in the grade book.)
  5. If you want the grade item associated with a category, select a category from the Category drop-down list.
  6. Enter a Description of the grade item if desired. If you want to make the description available to users, select Allow users to view grade item description.
  7. Enter the value you want the item graded out of in the Maximum Points field.
  8. Enter the value you want the item to contribute towards the final grade in the Weight field for the weighted system or the Maximum Points field for the points or formula system.
  9. Select the Bonus check box if you want the item counted as a bonus item.
    Please Note: Bonus items are not counted towards the maximum points for a category or final grade. You must select the Can Exceed check box and the Bonus check box to allow users' grades to exceed the maximum points specified.
  10. If you are using the points system, you may also choose the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation option, if applicable. If you are using the weighted system you can accomplish the same results by setting the weight to 0%.
  11. Select a Grade Scheme to associate with the item.
  12. You can click Add Rubric to add a rubric.
  13. Click Show Display Options to choose what information your learners can see about a grade item
  14. Click the blue Save and Close button.

Calculating the Final Calculated Grade

Depending on the settings you have chosen in the Grades Setup Wizard, you may also have to calculate the Final Calculated Grade before releasing it. The fastest way to calculate the Final Calculated Grade is by changing your settings to automatically keep the final grade calculated.

To Calculate the Final Calculated Grade:

  1. Choose Assessment and  Grades
  2. Click on Settings on the far right side of the screen
  3. Click on the Calculation Options tab
  4. Check the box beside Automatically keep final grades updated
  5. Click the blue Save button
  6. Click the Close button

Releasing the Final Calculated Grade

In order for students to see their Final Calculated Grade, you must release it to them.

  1. Choose Assessment and Grades
  2. Use the arrow to the right of the Final Calculated Grade item to choose Enter Grades (this option is the same from both Enter Grades and Manage Grades)
  3. From the Final Grades screen, you can either release the Final Calculated Grade to:
    1.  Specific students by checking the box beside their name under the Release Final Calculated Grade column  and then selecting the Release/Unrelease button OR
    2. The whole class by selecting your classlist using the check box at the top of the table and then selecting the Release/Unrelease button
  4. Click the blue Save and Close button