Your Course Gradescale

If you’re like most faculty – you’re using some sort of gradescale to calculate the overall course letter grade students earn as a result of accomplishing certain tasks in your course(s).

As such, it’s important to make sure that the gradescale being used in the course site is the same one  you’ve published in your official as the gradescale.  If you’re using a 10 point scale in your syllabus, make sure you check out the My Grades>Settings>Grading Schema, to make sure they’re the same.

If they’re not, adjust the My Grades>Settings>Grading Schema to be the same as what you have published in your syllabus. To do so:

  1. In the course go to My Grades (Gradebook)>Settings>Grading Schema
  2. Alter the Minimum Percentage column entries as needed.
  3. Once done, select Save Changes at the bottom.

Keep in mind that A+ grades cannot be recorded on student transcripts (an A is the highest recorded grade). As such then, you can just use the Remove button to remove that mapping of the gradebook scale, and Save Changes at the bottom of the scale settings page.

It’s critical to make sure what you decide to use or what’s mandated by the school your course falls under is used in the course site calculation gradebook. As each school and/or course may use a slightly different scale, faculty have access to modify the scale as needed based on how the course is designed.

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Gradebook Calculation Anomoly

In what appears to be a gradebook calculation anomaly, be sure items are categorized appropriately even if you course is only using categories for organization – otherwise final course grade calculations may be inaccurate – as the following video explains.

 

To address categorization of an item, check the Gradebook>Settings>Categories and Weighting to insure you’ve setup the gradebook correctly (specific to each course).  Next insure all items which have bearing on the overall grade are INCLUDED in the course grade calculation – making sure they DO NOT have a calculator with a slash through it AND that they are not in an uncategorized category:

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Viewing Grades for Faculty and Students

Summary

This article explains how students and instructors may view and interpret grades in the Gradebook in Sakai.

Students

When you enter Gradebook, depending on what information your instructor has made available, you will see one or both of the following:

  • Course Grade: The course grade is a cumulative grade based on items you have completed. Any items you have not completed are not included in the course grade calculation unless your instructor has explicitly assigned zeroes to those items. A grade percentage appears in parentheses and shows the actual percentage derived from completed items.
  • Gradebook Items: The list of gradebook items shows each item name, its due date (if applicable), your grade, and any comments associated with the grade.

Instructors
Setting score display options

Instructors can choose to make available individual gradebook items, as well as cumulative course grades.

Viewing grades

When you enter Gradebook, you will see an average course grade for the class and a list of individual gradebook items. You can view cumulative scores using one of the following options.

When viewing grades in tables, you can sort on many of the columns; click the column heading by which you want to sort the table. Subsequently clicking the same column heading will switch the sorting order between ascending and descending. (The Gradebook currently does not use first names for sorting. If you have several students with the same last name, Gradebook will not sort those students properly based on their first names.)

Near the top, click Course Grades. You will see a list of your students. For most gradebooks, the points earned, the letter grade, and a percentage are displayed for each student. (The display may vary based on your gradebook setup.) The letter grade and percentage are based on the items that have been completed. To include items that have not been completed in the course grade calculation, you must enter a zero (0) for each item.

To view the course grade by section or group, use the View drop-down list to select the section or group. You can also use the text box to search for individual students.

By default, 50 students are visible. To display more or fewer students, in the drop-down list above the table on the right, change Show 50 to your desired option.

Near the top, click All Grades. You will see a list of your students, and a course grade and a point value for each item in the Gradebook. The course grade is only shown as a percentage in this view and is based on the items that have been completed. To include items that have not been completed in the course grade calculation, you must enter a zero (0) for each item.

To view the roster by section, group, or category, use the View drop-down list. You can also use the text box to search for individual students.

By default, 50 students are visible. To display more or fewer students, in the drop-down list above the table on the right, change Show 50 to your desired option.