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Understanding Grading Systems

Selecting a grading system is the first step in setting up your grade book. This guide provides information on the grading systems available within VU Collaborate. The grading system determines how the grade items in a grade book contribute to final grades.

Selecting a new grading system is only available in the master space, not the delivery space. These changes can only be implemented by conveners, block conveners and block key academics. 

There are three options available, follow the steps below for further information:

 

Step One: Accessing the Setup Wizard


1. Select Assessments from the menu in the VU Collaborate navbar and select Grades.

Select Assessments in the Navbar to activate the dropdown box and select Grades

2. Select Setup Wizard.

Select Setup Wizard

3. Choose the option that best matches how you will be marking and adding grades within your unit. Then select Continue.

If you wish to find out how to set up your Grade book, please click on this link Setting up the Gradebook.

Select a Grading System

 

Step Two: Weighted System


The weighted system calculates grade items as a percentage of a final grade worth 100%. The maximum points you assign to individual grade items can be any value, but their contribution towards the category they belong to and the final grade is the percentage value (weight) assigned to them.

Grade items in a category count as a percentage of that category, not of the final grade. Grade items in a category should combine to a weight of 100% or to the total of the category.  For example, if you have a category worth 10% of the final grade with two equally weighted grade items, the weight of each grade item is 50% (its contribution to the category), or 5% (its contribution to the final grade).

If grade items do not add up to 100% you receive a warning message. If all items add up to 100% of the weight, the will be no message at the top of the grade book.

In the picture below, you can see a category in the large red box. Each item of the category is indented and the weight adds to 100%, so 100% of the 30% goes towards the final grade. If the scores there were 15 instead of 50, the gradebook will still add up correctly.  In the picture, you can also see the differences between the scores and the weight of the assessment activity.  Max. points should relate to total scores in a quiz or rubric and the weight is relevant to the final grade.

Gradebook category boxed

Once all Grade Items and Categories (optional) are created, your Grade List within Manage Grades will automatically calculate all points associated with all Grade Items to improve usability and to lessen the chance of manual calculated error. For weighted Grade Lists, the max points are displayed in addition to the total weighted percentage. This can be viewed within the Final Calculated Grade row.

Weighted Grade List

In the example above, all points associated with all assessments equals 334 points while the weighted percentage should always equal 100% in weighted grades.

For weighted Grade Books, the total points are displayed with the total weight percentage also. This can be viewed within the Final Calculated Grade column. The Final Adjusted Grade column, however, hosts the unrounded points a student has received with the weight percentage associated with the unit.

Weighted Grade Book Final Calculated Grade Final Adjusted Grade

 

Step Three: Points System


Use the points system when you want the maximum points assigned to a grade item to be equal to its contribution to the final grade. Final grades are calculated by adding a user’s score on all grade items together and dividing by the sum of the maximum points values. The sum of the maximum points values for all grade items does not need to equal 100.

With the points system, you do not specify a category’s weight or total points. It is the maximum points assigned to an individual grade item that counts toward the final grade.

Make sure the Max. Points assigned to grade items reflect how much you want them to be worth. For example, don’t grade each of your 20 homework assignments out of 50 points and then your final exam out of 80 points.

Another option in the point system is to exclude an item from the final grade calculation. This enables you to evaluate a grade category, numeric grade item, select box grade item, or pass/fail grade item without including the grade in users’ calculated or adjusted final grades. The Exclude from Final Grade Calculation check box is available from the Grading section of the New/Edit Item page and the New/Edit Category page.

You can achieve similar functionality in the weighted system by setting the grade item or category’s weight to 0%.

For Points Grade Books, the Final Adjusted Grade column showcases the points a student has received with the max points associated with the unit.

 Points

Once all Grade Items and Categories (optional) are created, your Grade List within Manage Grades will automatically calculate all points associated with all Grade Items to improve usability and to lessen the chance of manual calculated error. For Points Grade Lists, the max points are displayed. This can be viewed within the Final Calculated Grade row.

Points Grade List

In the example above, all points associated with all assessments equals 334 points.

 

Step Four: Formula System


Use the formula system when you want to calculate final grades using a custom formula that allows for conditions. The formula system is based on the points system but allows you to set conditions around grade items to determine the final grade. For example, you could require that users receive at least 50% on their midterm and final exam to pass a unit.

 Formula

Once all Grade Items and Categories (optional) are created, your Grade List within Manage Grades will automatically calculate all points associated with all Grade Items to improve usability and to lessen the chance of manual calculated error. For Formula Grade Lists, the max points are displayed just like the Points Grade List. This can be viewed within the Final Calculated Grade row.  

Points and Formula Grade List

In the example above, all points associated with all assessments equals 334 points.


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