Weighting Grades by Category

Weighting Grades by Category

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Weighting Grades by Category

To weight grades by category, you will complete three steps:

  1. Make sure you have all the correct categories available and that there are no duplicates.
  2. Set up category percentages in your weighted column.
  3. Assign a category to your weighted items.

Check Categories

First, it will be worthwhile to make sure the appropriate categories are included in your course and that there are NO duplicates as this can be problematic. To check this, select Manage and then Categories.

From here, you can removeWeighted Grades Pic 1 duplicates or categories not used (some are defaults and cannot be removed) and edit names. If you have duplicates that you cannot remove, it is strongly advised that you create a brand new category so you know you are selecting the correct one when needed (i.e. instead of Assignment, use Assign_ART115). Create a new category by selecting the “Create Category” button.

Set up Categories in Weighted Column

Click the arrows next to the Weighted Column heading and select Edit Column Information.
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Select categories that will be weighted from the box labeled “Categories to Select”. Enter the percentage for each. They must total to 100% at the bottom. You can also select to drop a grade (lowest or highest) by entering a number (i.e. enter “1” nest to Lowest to drop the one lowest grade).

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Check the settings to make sure your categories have the correct percentage.

The total weight (listed at the bottom) must be 100%.

Running Total

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You can set running total to “Yes” or “No”.
Selecting “Yes” for running total gives a more realistic view of the student’s current standing because it totals only those items that have been attempted or that the instructor has graded. However, if this method is used, the instructor must make sure to assign a zero for items that were not submitted or that item will not factor into the weighting.

Selecting “No” for running total assumes that all items should be complete at any time, meaning that the initial weighted total starts very low and adds up as items are graded.

Categorize Graded Items

Finally, check to make sure that graded items are in the proper categories. Failure to do so will result in incorrect weighting.Weighted Grades Pic 5

In the Grade Center, select the Manage button and then Column Organization; you can set categories in the items individually as you build, but this method is the quickest way to check and edit.

You will see all of your Grade Center columns displayed, along with categories and point values for graded items. Check your categories here. To place items into categories; check the checkboxes for items in the desired category; select the Change Category to button; and select the appropriate category. Continue with the remaining categories and then click the Submit button.

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Check Items and Scores

While you are in Column Organization, check to make sure that all graded items are included in the Grade Center (refer to screen shot in the Check Weighting section). Take a look at your Points Possible column to see if each graded item has the correct points. If any need to be corrected, return to the main Grade Center page, select the arrows on the column header for that item, select Edit Column Information and enter the correct value for Points Possible.

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Grading Schema

This section is only critical if you use letter grades in your Grade Center.

If you use letter grades,Grading Schema Pic 1 please check your grading schema to make sure the correct schema is being applied.

To check your Grading Schema, go to the Grade Center. Select Manage and then Grading Schemas. Click the arrow next the grading schema that is being used in your course (you can also create your own), and select Edit.

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This will open up the details page for this grading schema.

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