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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Setting dates for an Assessment

Setting dates for what’s due in a course is often a complex process even if you’re not using some sort of digital mechanism to do so – making sure to include your late policy, correct for official out of class dates and long holidays can be a challenge.  It can be done though by thinking about things ahead of time and knowing how to set them in the course.

When using Tests and Quizzes in a course for assessment, setting the dates is pretty simple, esp. if it’s the only thing you’re doing. Creating an assessment is another conversation entirely (because it’s also a complex concept – depending on what you’re trying to do).

If you’ve been given a course to prep, or if you’ve already got your assessments built in Sakai and just need to make them ready for students to take, you can follow the directions for each assessment:

Step 1. In the course, go to Tests and Quizzes

Step 2. Below the Create from Scratch area, on the Working Copies tab (a), select Settings from the Select Action drop down menu (b) for the Quiz you want to adjust or change.

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Step 3. On the new page, in the Availability and Submissions section, select the new available, due and late acceptance dates, and other settings as you deem necessary.

Step 4. Select Save Settings and Publish

Step 5. Confirm the setting and choose notification settings.

Step 6. Select the Publish button.

 

That’s it.  Note, also once an assessment is published, if you need to adjust the date/time again, be sure to do so from the Published Copies tab, instead of the Working Copies tab. As long as you’ve not changed the assessment title, if you’ve inserted it previously into a Lesson, it should be good to go. If it doesn’t seem to work from there, just go to the Lesson, and re-insert the link to the assessment, using the Add Content menu.

Grading Scale Update – Checking the Grading Scale in Sakai

As part of the annual end of the year meetings last year – the university adopted a formalized grading scale.  As stated in the current catalog (page 294) “All Johnson professors use this scale unless the unique demands of their subject matter require a different approach. In such cases, the alternative grade scale appears in the course syllabus“. The grading scale is:

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To modify the grade scale in a course (Sakai does not use the new scale as the default when creating new courses):

  1. Go to Gradebook>Course Grade Options and modify the minimum % column to the following:
    A+ = 101
    A = 97
    A- = 94
    B+ = 91
    B = 87
    B- = 84
    C+ = 81
    C = 77
    C- = 74
    D+ = 71
    D = 68
    D- = 65
    F = 0
  2. The scale above does NOT make adjustment for rounding up.  If so, adjust the minimum % by .5 accordingly.
  3. Once done, be sure to click the SAVE button to apply the scale changes to the course’s grade book (and student grades).

How do I get my JohnsonU.edu email on my mobile?

Getting your JohnsonU.edu email on your personal smart device, mobile, phone or slate is pretty simple. While the directions may be a bit different for your device the settings remain generally the same:

  1. Add an account that is of type Microsoft Exchange or Corporate type.  Your device must use Microsoft ActiveSync. POP and IMAP are not supported
  2. Use your entire JohnsonU.edu email address for the email address field
  3. Enter the corresponding password
  4. If asked for a DOMAIN – leave it blank.
  5. When asked for a SERVER, enter: m.outlook.com
  6. SSL should be ON or active
  7. S/MIME should be OFF or inactive
  8. Tap “DONE” to verify the settings.

If the settings don’t verify (don’t work), insure you’ve entered your username and password correctly.  You can do so by logging in directly to the email service using a web browser.

These settings should also allow you to view your JohnsonU.edu contacts and calendars as well.

Office365 Mail Settings
Office365 Mail Settings

Most newer devices including Android, iOS (Apple) and Blackberry can receive email to the device. Standard messaging/data rates apply and are the responsibility of the device owner, not the University.