Using Categories and Weighting in Gradebook

Summary

This article shows you how to create categories and assign Gradebook items to those categories; you also learn how to weight categories.

Create categories

Step 1: Click Gradebook in the tool list.

Step 2: Click Gradebook Setup.

Step 3: Under Categories & Weighting, choose Categories only.

Step 4: In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you’re adding.

To create more than one category, click Add a Category.

Step 5: When you are finished, click Save Changes.

Create Categories with Weighted Grades

Step 1: Click Gradebook in the tool list.

Step 2: Click Gradebook Setup.

Step 3: Under Categories & Weighting, choose Categories & Weighting.

Step 4: In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you’re adding.

To create more than one category, click Add a Category.

Step 5: Next to each category name, in the % column, enter a number representing that category’s percentage of the final grade.

The total percentage must equal 100%. Before you can save your changes, the Running Total must equal 100%, and the Needed Total must equal 0%.

Step 6: Click Save Changes.

Add Gradebook Items to a Category

After you create a category, you can assign Gradebook items to it. You can assign an item when you create it or by editing an existing item. Once you have created categories in your Gradebook, the option to assign a category to a Gradebook item will appear.

Things to Consider
When you assign Gradebook items to a category, keep in mind that items that are worth more points 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 percentage grades.

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