Instructor: Creating Specialized Grade Items

1. Create: Pass/Fail grade items

Pass/Fail grade items can be used to assign participants either full credit or no credit.

  1. In the Grades tool, navigate to Manage Grades.
  2. Select New then select Item.
  3. Select Pass/FailGrade item type list, Pass/Fail item circled in red.

     

  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Select a Category if needed.Screenshot of the Name and Category fields.

     

  6. Enter the Max Points possible for the grade item. If the grade item belongs to a category, this option may be grayed out depending on category settings.
  7. Enter the Weight the grade item should contribute to its parent category or final grade. This option may be grayed out depending on category or gradebook settings.
  8. Check the box under Bonus if this will be an extra credit item. Bonus grade items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade, but are added on top of the calculated grade.Screenshot of the other grade item options.
  9. Select one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen.
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2. Create: Selectbox grade items

Selectbox grade items can be used to assign predetermined scores to participants, including UA letter grades.

You can use this grade item to assign letter grades to Assignments.

  1. In the Grades tool, navigate to Manage Grades.
  2. Select New then select Item.
  3. Select SelectboxScreenshot of grade item options, with Selectbox circled.

     

  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Select a Category if needed. Screenshot of the Name and Category fields.

     

  6. Enter the Max Points possible for the grade item. If the grade item belongs to a category, this option may be grayed out depending on category settings.
  7. Enter the Weight the grade item should contribute to its parent category or final grade. This option may be grayed out depending on category or gradebook settings.
  8. Check the box under Bonus if this will be an extra credit item. Bonus grade items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade, but are added on top of the calculated grade.
  9. Use the Grade Scheme drop down menu to select the scheme you'd like to use. Use the University of Arizona Standard Letter Grade if you want to assign A/B/C/D/E grades.Screenshot of the grading options.
  10. Select one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen.
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3. Create: Calculated grade items

Calculated grade items can be used to calculate participants' cumulative achievement across multiple grade items.

Calculated grade items are NOT included in the Final Grade calculations, cannot be part of a grade category, and cannot be used as a Bonus item.

  1. In the Grades tool, navigate to Manage Grades.
  2. Select New then select Item.
  3. Select CalculatedScreenshot of grade item options, with Calculated circled.

     

  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Check the box under Can Exceed if participants will have the possibility of earning more than the maximum points possible.
  6. Check the box to the left of each grade category/item you would like included in the Calculation.Screenshot of the options for Calculated grade items.
  7. Select one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen.
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4. Create: Text items

Text grade items can be used to provide comments in the grade book.

Text grade items are NOT included in the Final Grade calculations. In order for participants to see the comments you enter for them you must allow students to view the Grade scheme symbol for ALL grade items in the grade book

  1. In the Grades tool, navigate to Manage Grades.
  2. Select New then select Item.
  3. Select TextScreenshot of grade item options, with Text circled.

     

  4. Enter a Name.Screenshot of creating a Text grade item.
  5. Select one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen.
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5. Create: Formula grade items

Formula grade items can be used to generate scores based on scores earned on other grade items.

Formula grade items cannot be part of a grade category. They also cannot be used as a Bonus item.

  1. In the Grades tool, navigate to Manage Grades.
  2. Select New then select Item.
  3. Select Formula.Screenshot of grade item options, with Formula circled.

     

  4. Enter a Name.
  5. Enter the Max Points possible for the Grade Item. 
  6. Use the Formula Editor to enter a formula for calculating the Points Received. This is how your participants will be graded.
  7. Check the box under Can Exceed if participants will have the possibility of earning more than the maximum points possible.Screenshot of the options for Formula grade items.
  8. Select one of the Save options at the bottom of the screen.
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6. Access: Formula editor

Use the Formula Editor to set up a unique grade calculation for formula grade items.

When using the editor, the only thing you can type into the equation is a comma (,). You'll enter all other parts of the formula using the drop down menus and/or calculator buttons provided.

  1. In a Formula grade item (see above), select Edit using the Formula Editor.Screenshot of the Formula Editor link in grade item.
  2. Use the Function drop down menu to select the type of formula you would like to use.
  3. Click Start.
  4. Use the Grade Item drop down menus and Calculator buttons to complete your formula.
  5. To see if your formula is configured correctly, click the Validate button at the top of the Editor window. Screenshot of the Formula Editor creation screen.

     

  6. When you are satisfied with your formula, click the Insert button.
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