Introduction to the Grade Book
A grade book contains a grading system, grade calculations, grade scheme, grade items and view and display options. Grade items in your grade book represent all the work that needs evaluation of users in a course.
This article will explain:
When setting up your course in Brightspace, one of the first steps is to set up the Grade Book. Make sure to do this before adding other activities such as assignments, quizzes and/or discussion to the course because you might want to link them to the Grade Book. Before you set up your Grade Book it is good to have an overview of what type of grades will be given and how they relate to the final grade.
When setting up the Grade Book it is recommended to start the process with the Grade Setup Wizard.
Navigating to Grades
Navigate to your course, in the green navigation bar,
- Click on Grades
In the Grades homepage, there are four tabs
In the Grades tool, if a grade book is not set up, the Grades Setup Wizard page will appear when you first navigate to the tool
Contains an overview of the list of students, the individual grade items, grade categories and the final grade
Once you enter grades, students are automatically notified however, you can release the grades at a later date if you prefer. In case a grade item is linked with an assessment tool (assignment, quiz, etc.) the grade given via the assessment tool will automatically appear in the grade book.
After clicking on More Actions, a drop-down menu will appear
This will open a pop-up window,
- Tick the box of the Grade item(s) you wish to display
- Click on Save
This will open the View Event Log homepage, it records a history of all changes made, including the time the change was made and by whom it was made
For more search options,
- Click on Show Search Options
More search options will appear,
This will open the Manage Grades homepage,
After clicking on More actions, a drop-down menu will unfold
A grade scheme is used to represent the student's performance (scored points, percentage, etc.) regarding one or more grade items, into levels of achievement. Each level of achievement has its own range of acceptable grades that fall within that range. Each range has an associated symbol which can be a number, text, or letter.
The most commonly used Default Scheme is the '1-10 (for partial grades, 2 decimals, min=5.5)'.
Note, that for the Final Calculated Grade you would have to individually select the 'WUR-grading 1-10 (based on EER)' scheme.
By clicking on More Actions, a drop-down menu will appear
- Copy - to copy a scheme
- Delete - to delete the deleted schemes
The Setup Wizard contains an overview of all the grade book settings that display how the grading system, grade items, categories and calculations work
You now know about the Grade Book in Brightspace!