Grades Tab Overview

When you first enter the Grades tab of your course, the view will look like the screenshot included below. The following actions are always available in the grades tab: the Add Grade button which adds a simple grade rather than an assignment, a button to download the gradebook, the settings menu, and the grades published menu.  By default, there are four categories, students grades are calculated by percentage, and students are able to view the grades tab. We will review how to modify all these settings in this guide.

More > Tab Visibility

The tab visibility allows to turn off the tab view such that they are not visible to your students. In order to do so, simply click the More Tab on your course page and select “Tab Visibility”. This will pull up a matrix that allows you to choose how your course is viewed by you, your students, and your TAs. You can uncheck the corresponding box under Students/TAs to turn off the visibility for specific tab. 

Grade Display

The Grade display controls how your grades are calculated. You can also adjust what your students and TAs can see in this menu. 


>  Grade Visibility

The visibility of the Gradebook for students, TAs as well as instructors in the course can be modified under the Grade Visibility section.  

The Average Grade can be displayed as points, GPA or a letter grade for the different roles. You can simply check the corresponding box to update the grade view of the corresponding role. 

> Grades Calculation - Points

There are two options for how points are handled within your gradebook. 

Enabled Vs Disabled

The "Enabled" option means that within a grade category, you may have different assignments with different weights. For example, if you have a category called "Test" where Test 1 is worth 40% of the Test category whereas Test 2 and Test 3 are worth 20% each, you will want to enable points in this setting. You can then allot 40 points to Test 1 and 20 points each to Test 2 and 3. 

Note: Enabling points does NOT necessarily mean that students will see point values for assignments. You can can control the way each grade is displayed when you create an assignment/grade. 

"Disabled" means that all the assignments within a grade category will have the same weight. For eg, all tests in the Test category will carry the same weight.
This applies to the entire gradebook, not per category. So you will want to select "disabled" only when you have equal distribution of weight within each grade category in your course.

> Grade Calculation- Letter Grade Override

This setting only applies if you are grading any of your assignments using letter grades. 

When grading with a letter grade, the value of that grade is determined based on the grade scale settings. If you use letter grades but do not use the determined grade scale, you will want to check "Enable letter grade override". For example, if you give a B to one student with 80 and another student with 82, then you will be overriding letter grades. 

Note: If you choose this feature, students will see both the letter grade and the deviated value they have been given. 

> Grade Calculation - GPA / Percentage

You can choose the type of grade scale you will be using here. The grade scale itself can be set by choosing “Grade Scale” from the settings menu. 

The blue box on the bottom of the window will update based on your chosen setting.

> Grade Calculation - Grade Rounding / Decimal Precision

This feature allows you to choose how your grades are rounded and determine how many decimals over you will use with your grades.

The blue box on the bottom of the window will update based on your chosen setting.

Grade Scale

The grade scale will either be percentage or GPA based as indicated in the Grade Calculation settings. 

The far right column "will calculate as" indicates the percentage/GPA that will be calculated when a letter grade is submitted. This can be modified for the overall course. If you wish to change the value on an assignment or individual student level, you will need to enable the letter grade override option as explained in "Grade Calculation - Letter Grade override" above.

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