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Calculating Final Grades

The Final Grades page lists the calculated final grade for each user in your grade book. You should ensure these grades are accurate. Final grades might be inaccurate if:

You did not select the Automatically keep final grades updated option when you set up your grade book.
There are grade items that you still need to enter grades for.

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Access the Final Grades page

Click the Enter Grades icon Enter Grades icon for Final Grades on the User List or Grades List.
Access Final Grade Page screenshot

Recalculate the final grade when “Automatically keep final grades updated” is not selected

Do one of the following:
  • Click Recalculate icon Recalculate All on the action menu.
  • Click the Recalculate icon Recalculate the Final Grade icon for the user whose grade you want to update.

The Final Grades page also contains an area to enter adjusted final grades for users. You could use adjusted final grades to apply a bell curve or to raise the final grade of a user who was sick. Whether the adjusted final grade is released to users depends on the Final Grade Released option you chose when setting up your grade book. See Understanding final grade calculations for more information.

Enter an adjusted final grade

Do one of the following:
  • If you want a user’s grade to be different from the calculated final grade, enter the adjusted grade in the Adjusted Final Grade field.
  • If you want to release the calculated final grade as the adjusted grade, click the Transfer Calculated Final Grade to Adjusted Final Grade icon Transfer Calculated Final Grade to Adjusted Final Grade icon.

Once you have ensured that users’ grades are accurate, you can release them.

Release a final grade

  1. From Manage Grades or Enter Grades, click the Enter Grades icon Enter Grades icon for Final Calculated Grade.
    Access Final Grade Page screenshot
  2. Do oneof the following:
    • Click Release All icon Release All on the action menu.Release All screen shot
    • Select the desired students and then click the Release All icon Release/Unrelease Final Grade for all selected users icon. Click Save.
      Release Final Grade for Students screenshot
  3. Click Save.

Additional options on the Final Grades page

To Do This
View grades by group or section Select "Groups" or "Sections" from the View By drop-down
Clear adjusted final grades

Do one of the following:

  • Click Clear icon Clear All on the action menu.
  • Select the users whose grades you want to clear and click the Clear icon Clear the Adjusted Final Grade for all selected users icon at the top of the list.
Leave general feedback for all users
  1. Click Show details and overall comments to expand the comments section.
  2. Enter comments in the text field. Use the Spellchecker or Preview options, if desired.
Leave feedback for a specific user

Click the Enter Comments icon Enter Comments icon for the user.

Note: Final grade comments are not released to users until you release the final grade.

Email users about their final grades Select the users you want to email and click Email icon Email selected users at the top of the list.
Enter a common adjusted grade for multiple users
  1. Select the users you want to assign a common grade for and click Enter Adjusted Final Grade icon Enter the Adjusted Final Grade for all selected users icon at the top of the list.
  2. Enter the grade.
  3. Click Save.
Change the number of users displayed per page Select a value from the per page drop-down.
View the Final Grades Event Log Click Event Log icon Event Log on the action menu.
View a user's Event Log Click the Event Log icon Event Log icon for the user.
View statistics about a class or user's final grades Click Final Grade Statistics icon Final Grade Statistics on the top tool menu.

Calculate final grades for a single user

  1. From the User List page, click a user’s name.
    Select Student screenshot
  2. Click the Recalculate icon Recalculate the Final Grade icon if necessary.
  3. Enter an adjusted final grade or click the Transfer Calculated Final Grade to Adjusted Final Grade icon Transfer Calculated Final Grade to Adjusted Final Grade icon.
  4. Select the Release Calculated Final Grade or Release Adjusted Final Grade check box depending on the Final Grade Released set up option you chose.
  5. Click Save.
    Calculate Final Grade for User screenshot

Excluding grade items from the final grade

It is possible to evaluate and record grades for grade items that you don't want included in users' final grades. For example, you could evaluate practice assignments or course participation even though they are not included in users' final grades so that users get ongoing feedback and support.

Exclude a grade item or category in the weighted system

  1. From the Manage Grades area, click on the name of the grade item or category you want to edit.Select Item screenshot
  2. Set the Max. Points to whatever value you want to evaluate the item or category out of.
  3. Set the Weight to 0%.
  4. Click Save.
    Exclude Grade from Final Weighed System screenshot

Exclude a grade item or category in the points system

  1. From the Manage Grades area, click on the name of the grade item or category you want to edit.Select Item screenshot
  2. Select the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation option.
  3. Click Save.
    Exclude Final Grade Point System screenshot
Notes :
  • Items are excluded from both the calculated and adjusted final grades.
  • You cannot use excluded points grade items in calculated grade items.

Scenario: Final calculated grade using Points system

You offer a number of online training courses that use similar content, but adjust the course content depending on your users’ interests and skill levels. You set up specific courses by importing course content from a master course. You do not want to change the weight of each grade item to make every course grade book balance, so you use the points system and keep each grade item’s Max. Points the same. You grade basic tasks out of 5, intermediate tasks out of 10, and advanced tasks out of 15. You give users who receive at least 70% on all grade items 10 bonus points. You allow users to exceed the maximum points for a grade item, but not the final grade. Because you often allow some users to skip advanced tasks, you drop ungraded items from the final grade calculation.

You set up grade items with the following properties:

  Project 1 Project 2 Project 3 Project 4 Project 5 Project 6 Bonus
Max. points 5 10 10 10 15 15 10
Can Exceed Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Bonus No No No No No No Yes

You assign the following grades for the user Frank Catcher:

  Project 1 Project 2 Project 3 Project 4 Project 5 Project 6 Bonus
Max. points 6 8 9 8 15 -- 10

You release the calculated final grade to Frank. It is calculated as follows:

Grade Item Calculation
Project 1

= 6/5*100

=120%

Project 2

= 8/5*100

= 160%

Project 3

= 9/10*100

= 90%

Project 4

= 8/10*100

= 80%

Project 5

= 15/15*100

= 100%

Project 6

= Dropped

Note: Dropped grade items are not included in calcuations; grades are calculated as if the item doe not exist.

Bonus

= 10/10*100

=100%

Note: Bonus points are added on top of the final grade, they are not included in the Points Received/Max. Points calculation.

Calculated Final Grade

= (6 +8+9+8+15) / (5+5+10+10+15)*100+10

=46/45*100+10

=112.2%

=100%

Scenario: Final calculated grade using Weighted System

You are teaching an introductory science course in which users are graded on four labs, their participation in discussion topics, and a final examination. You allow users to drop their lowest grade on a lab. You also provide bonus grades to users who act as moderators for discussion topics. If a user does not submit a lab you leave it ungraded and treat ungraded items as a grade of 0.

You set up grade items and a Labs category with the following properties:

  Labs Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Discussions Moderator Exam
Category Labs Labs Labs Labs Labs None None None
Max. points n/a 10 10 10 10 10 5 100
Weight 50% 50% for the category      
  25% 25% 25% 25%  
Bonus n/a No No No No No Yes No
Drop lowest 1 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

You assign the following grades for the user Frank Catcher:

  Labs Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Discussions Moderator Exam
Frank Catcher n/a 0 8 0 7 8 3 71

You release the calculated final grade to Frank. It is calculated as follows:

Grade Item Calculation
Lab 1

 = Dropped

Note: Dropped grade items are not included in calculations; grades are calculated as if the item does not exist.

Lab 2

= 8/10*25 / (25+25+25)*100

= 26.67% towards the category

= 26.67*5

=13.33% towards the final grade

Note: Lab 1 is worth 33.33% of the Labs category even though it is assigned a weight of 25%. This is because the lowest lab grade is dropped and there are only three labs contributing to the category.

Lab 3

= 0/10*25 / (25+25+25)*100

=0*5

=0% towards the final grade

See the note for Lab 1.

Lab 4 = 7/10*25 / (25+25+25)*100

= 23.33% towards the category

= 23.33*.5

= 11.67% towards the final grade

See the note for Lab 1.
Discussions = 8/10*10

= 8% towards the final grade
Moderator = 3/5*5

= 3% on top of the final grade

Note: Bonus items are added to the final grade after other calculations. Do not include a bonus item’s weight in your total when balancing your grade book.
Exam = 70/100*40

= 28% towards the final grade
Calculated Final Grade = 18.33+16.67+15+9+37.2+3

= 64%

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