Enter Grades

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10:36, 11 Apr 2014

You can enter grades in the Grade Center in the following ways:

  • Scores are entered automatically into the Grade Center for course items such as online tests, exams, and surveys.
  • You can upload grades from an external source, such as a comma separated values (CSV) file or an Excel spreadsheet, eliminating the need for double entry.
  • You can manually enter grades into the Grade Center.

Automatically Entered Grades

Tests are scored automatically and recorded in the corresponding Grade Center column. Some questions require manual grading such as Essay questions. You can manually edit grades that are scored automatically.

Manually Entered Grades

You can manually enter grades in the following areas:

  • Directly in cells on the main Grade Center page.
  • Anonymously from the main Grade Center page.
  • On the Grade Details page.
  • Anonymously from the Grade Details page.
  • On the Grade Assignment or Grade Test page.
  • On the Grade Questions page.

For some items, such as gradable blogs or forums, you can enter grades from the tool without having to navigate to the Grade Center. After you assign grades, you can change them.

Upload Grades From External Sources

To eliminate repeated entry of Grade Center data in several tools, you can work offline and then upload grades into the Grade Center. You can upload grades from external sources such as a comma separated values (CSV) file or an Excel spreadsheet. Data must be formatted specifically to upload correctly and be synched with existing Grade Center data. To learn more, see Upload or Download Grade Center Items for Working Offline.

How to Enter Grades From the Grade Center

You can assign grades in any cell in the Grade Center or from the Grade Details page. When you type directly in a Grade Center cell, the grade may be an override grade. To learn about what qualifies as an override grade, see Override Grades.

  1. Click within a cell and type the value.
  2. Press the Enter key. If you do not press the Enter key and you attempt to leave the entry cell or Grade Center, a dialog box asks if you want to save the grade entry.
  3. Click OK to save the grade.

How to Grade Anonymously From the Grade Center

You can grade items in the Grade Center without viewing user information. The students appear in a random order without identifying information. Anonymous grading is helpful to reduce bias when grading.

  1. Access a column header's contextual menu and click Grade Anonymously.
  2. Provide grades.
  3. Click Save and Exit to return to the main Grade Center page.

    -OR-

    Click Save and Next to show the next student.

    -OR-

    Click the arrows on the action bar to navigate to the next or previous student.

How to Grade Anonymously From the Grade Details Page

You can hide user information on the Grade Details page. After you select an attempt, you can hide the student information before grading the attempt. This action opens a new attempt with all student identification removed. Any unsaved changes to the current attempt will be lost.

  1. Access a grade cell's contextual menu and select an Attempt.
  2. On the action bar, click Hide User Names.
  3. Click OK. A new attempt opens.
  4. Type a grade in the Grade text box.
  5. Click Save and Exit to return to the main Grade Center page.

    -OR-

    Click Save and Next to display the next student.

    -OR-

    Click the arrows on the action bar to navigate to the next or previous student.

How to Enter an Attempt Grade From the Grade Details Page

  1. Access a grade cell's contextual menu and click View Grade Details.
  2. On the Grade Details page in the Attempts tab, click Grade Attempt.
  3. Type a grade.
  4. Click Save and Exit to return to the main Grade Center page.

    -OR-

    Click Save and Next to display the next attempt.

How to Grade and Manage Multiple Attempts

You enable multiple attempts during test or assignment creation. You may also edit the test or assignment's options later.

From the Grade Details Page

On the Grade Details page, the Attempts tab lists all submitted attempts so that you can grade, clear, and ignore attempts. Grades for all attempts are tracked in the Grade History log.

  1. Access a grade cell's contextual menu and click View Grade Details.
  2. On the Grade Details page, access the Attempts tab.
  3. For each attempt, you can Grade Attempt, Clear Attempt to remove it, or Ignore Attempt to keep it but omit the score from Grade Center calculations and not count it toward the number of allowed attempts. An Edit Grade function appears for assignment attempts.
  4. Use the Delete drop-down list to delete the first or last attempt, highest or lowest scoring attempt, attempts in a date range, or all attempts.

From the Grade Center Grid

You can also view a list of completed attempts from the contextual menu for a grade in the Grade Center grid. When you access attempts in this way, you do not have the options for clearing and deleting attempts.

 

You allow two attempts for an assignment. After submission, both attempts appear in the cell's contextual menu. If you grade one attempt, the score appears in the cell and the contextual menu, along with the needs grading icon for the ungraded attempt.

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Change Attempt Used for Scoring

To change the attempt used for the score, access the column's contextual menu and click Edit Column Information. Select from the options in the Score Attempts Using drop-down list:

  • Last Graded Attempt
  • Highest Grade
  • Lowest Grade
  • First Graded Attempt
  • Average of Graded Attempts

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How to Grade Tests by Question

For each test, you can choose to grade all responses to a specific question. This allows you to move from test to test, viewing and scoring the same question for each student. Grading this way can save time as you concentrate only on the answers for a single question. You can see how all students responded, providing immediate feedback about how the group performed on that particular question. Also, grading by question is useful when you want to revisit a question that requires a score adjustment for all or many students.

All test attempts remain in needs grading status until you have graded all of the responses for all questions.

Access a column header's contextual menu and click Grade Questions. On the Grade Questions page, you can select the check box to grade responses anonymously.

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To learn more, see Grade Tests.

Include Comments

You can include comments with a grade to give additional feedback to students on their performances. You can also use comments to expand on grading decisions, take notes for future reference, or share with other instructors, teaching assistants, and graders.

You can include comments with any grade entry. Provide comments during grading, after grading, or while working offline with a downloaded column. To learn more, see Upload or Download Grade Center Items for Working Offline.

Comments provided in the Feedback to User section are visible to students when a grade is made available.

Comments provided in the Grading Notes section are for your eyes only. Students and observers will not see these comments.

How to Provide or Edit an Attempt Comment From the Grade Center

Attempt comments relate to individual attempts. You can provide them without including a grade.

  1. To access the contextual menu for a cell in the grid, move your mouse pointer over the cell.
  2. Click Attempt.
  3. Type comments in the Feedback to User or Grading Notes sections. Use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, links, multimedia, and mashups.
  4. Click Save and Exit to return to the Grade Center or use the Save and Next and View Previous functions to navigate through the attempts in the queue.

To provide comments on the Grade Details page, click View Attempt or Edit Grade.

How to Provide or Edit a Grade Comment From the Grade Center

  1. To access the contextual menu for a cell in the grid, move your mouse pointer over the cell.
  2. Click Quick Comment.
  3. In the pop-up window, type text-only comments in the Feedback to User or Grading Notes sections -OR- click Text Editor to access the full set of features.
  4. Click Submit.

You can also provide comments on the Manual Override tab on the Grade Details page when assigning an override grade.

 video  Creating Grading Notes (Flash video | 1m 24s )

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