Overview: Gradebook

The CLE gradebook allows course editors to manage grades for course activities, such as assignments and quizzes, in a course. Students have private access to their grades at all times in the gradebook, and can track their progress over the semester. Grades for activities such as assignments and quizzes are automatically added to the gradebook after scoring. Customized grading schemes and scales can be used to serve your specific grading purpose. The gradebook also allows the course editors to control the visibility of grades and provide personalized feedback to each student.

Help Articles in this Section

Gradebook Views There are numerous views and screens available of the gradebook. This article introduces the views that are commonly used in the CLE.

Add Grade ItemsWhen you add activities (e.g., Assignments or Quizzes) to a CLE course, corresponding grade items (columns) are added to the course gradebook. You may also need to add manual grade items to fill in certain gaps, for those items that don’t have an online component, e.g., participation, presentation, or assignments that are handed indirectly/physically (i.e., not submitted through CLE itself).

Use Grade CategoryIf you want to organize grade items, create subtotals, drop the lowest grade from a category, or adjust the weight of a grade category, you will need to create grade categories, and then move grade items to the designated category. This allows you to control the organization and function of all the grade items.

Adjust the Category WeightThe gradebook aggregates the category subtotals and course total based on the natural value of the grade items and the natural value weights of the grade categories. However, you can use weighted categories to adjust the impact that each category has on the overall grade.

Natural Aggregation  Natural aggregation serves as a single aggregation method that can function as sum of grades, mean of grades (with or without extra credit), and both weighted mean and simple weighted mean of grades. It is recommended to have a good understanding of Natural Aggregation before setting up your gradebook.

Configure Aggregation MethodThe gradebook will automatically calculate the score for the entire course based on the aggregation method chosen.

Set up Course Grade SettingsThe Course grade settings determine how the gradebook appears for all participants in the course.

Set up the Preference: Grader Report The Preference: Grader report determines how the grader report appears to you on the gradebook home page. The settings will apply to all your courses in the CLE.

Set up the gradebook  Based on the grading schemes in the course syllabus, follow the guide to set up the gradebook in your CLE course.

Display Letter GradesThe CLE gradebook allows displaying numerical values as letter grades in the grader report and user report at a course level. You can also override the default grade boundaries (e.g., 93%-100% = A) and adjust them to serve your own grading purpose.

Record GradesGrades can be entered in multiple locations in the CLE. This article introduces two typical ways of recording the grade (grade from the activity interface and grade from the grader report) as well as the respective advantages.

Add Extra CreditThe CLE gradebook allows the course editor to designate a grade item as extra credit. Check the article to learn the general guidelines and instructions of adding extra credit in the CLE.

Import and Export the Gradebook If you prefer to modify the grade values or input them into your own grading system (e.g. Excel), the CLE allows importing the grading file to the gradebook. Meanwhile, the CLE allows you to export the gradebook to your own computer for backup purposes.

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