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  • Updated on: Jun 15, 2020

    What is the Gradebook tool?

    Gradebook (previously known as GradebookNG) is a new core tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to students online. It has been designed based on the same back-end as the Gradebook Classic tool, but with a number of new features and enhancements.

    The following provides a high-level overview of the functional requirements guiding the development of the enhanced Gradebook.

    • Editable Spreadsheet View: The default “Grades” view within the gradebook will be replaced by an editable spreadsheet view, wherein gradebook items will be displayed as a series of columns. The layout and data-entry process will be familiar to users of modern spreadsheet applications such as Excel and Google Sheets. Gradebook actions will be available within the context of dropdowns in spreadsheet cells and columns. Modal windows (lightboxes) will be used for entering and editing information, thereby maintaining a sense of continuity and place for users.
    • Automatic Saving/Data Validation: Changes to data within the spreadsheet view will be automatically saved, with clear feedback confirming to users that their data has been saved. The interface will also provide data validation feedback.
    • New Course Grade Display Options: Course grades will benefit from additional display options. Instructors will have the option of displaying course grades to students as letter grades, percentages, points, or combinations thereof.
    • Student Summary View: Within the spreadsheet view, instructors will be able to view a gradebook item summary for each student. This view will display grade information solely for the selected student, providing an overview of the student’s grades in a vertical orientation whilst obscuring the grade data of other students.
    • Enhanced Import/Export Process: The existing Import/Export process will be simplified and consolidated into one page. The improved workflow will allow instructors to update existing gradebook items/comments and add new gradebook items in bulk. Users will also be able to export the gradebook as they can today.

    In Gradebook, Students can view their scores for all items; view their course grades, once an instructor releases them; and sort their items by title, due date, grade, and weight, where applicable.

    Gradebook is section aware, so teaching assistants can see grades only for students in their assigned sections.

    Using Gradebook, instructors can:

    • Auto-calculate course grades, with the ability to override any course grade.
    • Define course letter grades based on a 100% scale.
    • Choose between point- or percentage-based grading.
    • Add gradebook items for manually graded or offline activities.
    • Create categories to organize items and allow for weighting of grades.
    • Enter, view, edit, and release to students scores, grades, and comments.
    • Collect and display scores from tools such as Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums.
    • Export scores and grades to Microsoft Excel (in XLS format).
    • Import item scores from spreadsheet (CSV) files.
    • Export a printer-friendly (PDF) version of student grades.
    • Drop grades or keep the highest grades in a category.
    • Specify items or categories as extra credit.
  • To copy and paste text from Microsoft Word into the Rich-Text Editor, you should use the Paste from Word button.  Word may automatically generate code when formatting text that might not work properly in the editor if it is pasted in directly.

  • Manual For Students
  • Updated on: Jun 03, 2020

    How do I add a page in Lessons?

    Manual Site Tools
  • Adding two columns on a Lessons page breaks up one big block or one section into smaller pieces so that the page is more readable and flows better. It also makes better use of the white space on the page.

    Adding two columns on a Lessons page involves two steps.

    Manual Site Tools
  • Manual Site Tools
  • Updated on: May 31, 2020

    What is a question pool?

    Manual Site Tools
  • Updated on: May 31, 2020

    What is a question pool?

    A question pool is a set of questions, identified by a name, which belongs to you (not the worksite).  You can share a question pool with others, and others can share theirs with you.

    Question pools are set up in advance of an assessment, for convenience.  When you are ready to give your students an assessment (a test or quiz), you can pull questions from your pools and also from pools that have been shared with you.  

    Question pools serve as the basis for random-draw questions.  To give each student a different question on the same subject, set up a question pool with several equivalent questions on that subject, and then add a part to your assessment which draws from that pool.

    Question pools can be subdivided into subpools, and those subpools can be further subdivided, for organization that reflects your teaching methods.

    Note: If you include images in the body of test questions using the Rich-Text Editor (inline, *not* as attachments), and store the questions in question pools, the links to images will *not* automatically update when you copy the images from one site to another.  Therefore, if you have images stored in a site of which your students are not a member, the images must be made Public for them to see the pictures in the questions drawn from those pools.

  • Updated on: May 21, 2020

    How do I moderate a topic?

    A moderated discussion allows the instructor to review and approve a discussion posting before the participants may view the post.  When a discussion is moderated, each message submitted by a participant must be reviewed and approved before other participants may read them.

    Manual Communication