WISE Gradebook2

Introduction

The Gradebook2 tool is used to input, track and display students' grades.  You can enter grades directly in the Gradebook, automatically pass grades from the Assignments, Tests & Quizzes and Forums tools, or upload grades via spreadsheet.  You can also export grades into a spreadsheet.  NOTE: You must set up the gradebook before sending grades from other tools.

Gradebook Settings

Gradebook settings allow you to customize the tool to accommodate your grading style.  To edit your gradebook settings, click Edit>Gradebook Settings or double click on the Gradebook text in the Grade Items panel.

Use the Name text box to change the name of your gradebook. 

Select one of three grading styles from the Category Style dropdown list:

  • No Categories ("drop lowest grade(s)" feature not available)
  • Categories
  • Weighted Categories (e.g., Tests: 50%, Papers: 40%, Participation: 10%)

Choose your method of grading from the Grade using dropdown list (once you start to enter grades, you cannot change these parameters without deleting the grades and starting fresh):

  • Points (every item has a specified number of points that are reported as the grade for that item)
  • Percentages (every item is graded on a 0-100% scale, not recommended when using the Send to Gradebook function in Assignments, Forums or Tests & Quizzes)
  • Letter Grades (not recommended when using the Send to Gradebook function in Assignments, Forums or Tests & Quizzes, not supported if importing grades from a spreadsheet)

The Display to Students box controls what information students see when they look at the gradebook.  The Course grades option is calculated based on the items that have been graded to date and gives students a running view of their status.

gb setup

Adding/Editing Categories

To create categories, click File>New Category from the menu or right click on the Gradebook title and select Add New Category.  To edit a category, double click on the category name or right click on the category name and select Edit this Category.

Setting up a Simple Category

Enter the category name in the Name text box.  Entering a value in the Drop lowest text box will drop that number of assignments with the lowest grades in that category.  The Include in grade checkbox allows you to choose whether or not to include the category in the final grade; you can track and display grades for practice quizzes, for example, without including those grades in the final grade calculation.  Use the Extra credit option to designate a category that will have only a positive effect on the final grade.  Check the Release scores box to display the category scores to students (there is a second Release scores option for each gradebook item as well).

Click Add to save the category; the New Category screen will remain open and you can enter data for additional categories.  Click Add/Close to return to the grade spreadsheet view.  The newly added category will appear as a folder in the Grade Items panel; category titles are displayed in bold text to distinguish them from grade items.  If you have chosen to drop one or more lowest grades, that number will appear to the left of the category name.

Setting up a Weighted Category

Enter the category name in the Name text box.  In the % Grade box, enter the weight you want to assign to this category.  As you add categories, monitor the% Grade column in the Grade Items pane; the sum of the percentages of your weighted categories must equal 100. Entering a value in the Drop lowest text box will drop that number of assignments with the lowest grades in that category; with weighted categories, this option is only valid when all items are of equal value.  The Include in grade checkbox allows you to choose whether or not to include the category in the final grade; you can track and display grades for practice quizzes, for example, without including those grades in the final grade calculation.  Use the Extra credit option to designate a category that will have only a positive effect on the final grade.  You have three options for distributing the category weight among category items:

  1. Weight items equally: each item carries identical weight in the category (if you have 4 items, each will be worth 25% of the category); as you add or delete items, the weight of each item is re-calculated automatically.
  2. Weight items by points: the weight of each item in the category is determined by the point value of the item (if you have 1 item of 10 points and 2 items of 5 points, the weight values would be 50%, 25% and 25%); as you add or delete items, the weight of each item is recalculated automatically.
  3. Weight items individually: if you do not select one of the above options, you will be asked to specify the weight of each item as you create the item

Check the Release scores box to display the category scores to students (there is a second Release scores option for each gradebook item as well).

Click Add to save the category; the New Category screen will remain open and you can enter data for additional categories.  Click Add/Close to return to the grade spreadsheet view.  The newly added category will appear as a folder in the Grade Items panel; category titles are displayed in bold text to distinguish them from grade items.  If you have chosen to drop one or more lowest grades, that number will appear to the left of the category name.

Deleting a Category

To delete a category, right click on the category name in the Grade Items pane and select Delete this category.

Edit Grade Scale

To modify the grading scale, select Edit>Grade Scale from the Gradebook2 menu.  Select your desired format from the Grade Format dropdown list.  To change the range for a specified grade, click on the From grade and type in a new value for the range.  The appropriate To grade will be modified automatically (if the From value of a C is 73, the To value of a C- is 72.99; change the From value to 74, the To value automatically becomes 73.99).

Edit Grader Permissions

Gradebook Items

Add Gradebook Items

To actually give grades, you must add items to the Gradebook.  To add items, select File>New Item from the Gradebook2 menu.  If you are using categories, you can right-click (cmd-click on a Mac) on a category name and select Add new grade item.  Type a name for the item.  If you are using categories, select a category from the dropdown list.  If you are using weighted categories and have not chosen Weight equally or Weight by points, enter the weight for the item in the % Category box.  As you add item of this type, monitor the% Category column in the Grade Items pane; the sum of the percentages of your weighted items must equal 100.

Check the Include in grade box to include the item in the course grade calculation.  Check Release scores to make the grade for this item visible to students (Release items must also be checked in the Gradebook settings.  Checking the Give ungraded no credit box will enter a zero for any student who has not received a grade.

Edit Gradebook Items

To Edit a gradebook item, double-click on the name of the item you want to edit.

Delete Gradebook Items

To delete a gradebook item, double-click on the name of the item.  Click the Delete button at the bottom right of the Edit Item page.

Enter Grades

Yellow Triangle: comment

Green Triangle: score within range

Red Triangle: score out of range

Asterisks by name: items not yet graded