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.


How do I know a student finished a quiz or assessment in Sakai?

Whether you’re teaching an online course or otherwise, having assessments automatically graded and added into a student’s grade is a great time saving feature, and can even be used as a mechanism to give student’s opportunities to practice and retain course content meant for application later.

Sometimes though the question comes up? How do I know a student finished a quiz or assessment in Sakai? Once a student completes an assessment in Sakai, Sakai creates a log entry, which you can view by going to Tests & Quizzes, and then by clicking on Event Log near the top. Students can see similar information (depending upon what feedback settings you’ve chosen for the assessment – by going to Tests & Quizzes and looking at the Submitted Assessments area (second image):

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Sakai also gives students a ‘submission receipt’ or Confirmation Number and date when they’ve fully submitted their assessment or quiz:


Additionally, students are warned just prior to submitting the assessment that that is in fact what they are choosing to do:


Quizzes (or any assessment in Sakai) can be set to submit all Saved work in a quiz on the due date and time automatically, though it’s important for the instructor to set this accordingly in the assessment settings: