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Posting Grades to the Online Gradebook

Why

The Grade Center is used for tracking student progress in a course. Students can see their individual grades within a course.
Tests, surveys, and assignments handled through the Assignment Manager are automatically reported to the Grade Center. Other types of assignments and grades can be manually added to the Grade Center.

Accessing the Grade Center in myWPI

  1. Go to Control Panel > Assessment > Grade Center. The Grade Center Full Grade Center View page appears. This view is where you can view the student list and modify or add grades.

Adding Grade Center Columns

Note

If you have created (or plan to create) tests or surveys in myWPI, or create Assignments with the Assignment Manager, myWPI automatically creates a Grade Center column and record grades once students have completed the assessment. You do not need to create columns for these tools.

  1. From the Grade Center Full Grade Center View, click Add Grade Column. The Add Grade Column page appears with four sections.

Section 1: Item Information

  1. Enter a name in the Column Name field.
  2. Enter a display name in the Grade Center Display Name field. The name entered in this field is the name that will display to students. This field is optional, if left blank the Column Name will be displayed to students in the Grade Center.
  3. Enter a Description.
  4. Select the type of grade (score, percentage, letter) from the Primary Display drop down menu.
  5. Select an additional optional type of grade (score, percentage, letter) from the Secondary Display drop down menu.
  6. Select a Category from the drop down menu.
  7. Enter the maximum number of points that a student can earn on the item in the Points Possible field.

Section 2: Dates

  1. If there is a specific due date for the item, click the radio button next to the Due Date field and select the appropriate date.

Section 3: Options

  1. Click Yes or No in the Include this column in Grade Center calculations field, depending on whether or not the item's grade will be used in Grade Center calculations.
  2. Click Yes or No in the Show this column in My Grades field, depending on whether or not you want students to see their own grades for the item.
  3. Click Yes or No in the Show Statistics (average and median) for this column in My Grades  field, depending on whether or not you want students to see column statistics in My Grades.

Note

Choosing to Show this column in My Grades makes the item available to students. This only allows students in your course to see their own personal grades. They cannot view the grades of other students in your course.

Section 4: Submit

  1. Click Submit to post the item in the Grade Center.

Entering Grades

Caution!

The Grade Center feature in myWPI is provided as a convenience, and does not replace the official course grading process. Official grades must still be submitted to the registrar, and students can check their final course grades online from the Student Web Information System, which is separate from myWPI.

  1. Click on the appropriate cell in the Grade Center.
  2. Type the grade.
  3. Press Enter to post the grade and make it visible to your students.

Modifying Grade Center Columns

  1. Navigate to the column you would like to modify.
  2. Click on the Action Link.
  3. Choose Modify Column from the drop down menu.
  4. The Modify Column page appears.
  5. Make the desired changes.
  6. Click Submit when finished.

Re-ordering Grade Center Columns

  1. Click Manage in the Action Bar of the Grade Center.
  2. Select Organize Grade Center from the Action Link menu.
  3. Select the Grade Center column you wish to move by clicking and holding any part of the row.
  4. Drag and Drop the row to the desired location.
  5. Click Submit to save changes.

Modifying and Adding Grading Schemas

This is used to add a new grade schema or modify an existing one.

  1. Click Manage in the Action Bar of the Grade Center.
  2. Select Grading Schema from the Action Link menu.
    • To add a new Grading Schema:
      1. Click the Add Grading Schema button.
      2. Enter a name for your Grading Schema in the Name field.
      3. Enter a Description for your Grading Schema in the Description field.
      4. Enter the Schema Mapping information.
  3. Tip

    By default, new grading schema have two percentile ranges ( 50% to 100% and 0% to less than 50%). You can modify these ranges as well as add additional rows to your schema. Additional rows can be added by clicking the Insert Row arrow.

    Caution!

    Modification of a Grading Schema affects all grades previously entered using that Schema. Following modification of a Grading Schema, all columns using that Grading Schema are automatically updated to reflect the changes.

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Last modified: Oct 02, 2008, 15:32 EDT
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