6.6.2 Gradebook Setup
Figure 6.60: Gradebook Setup
Figure 6.61: Assignment Weights
After selecting a course, select Gradebook followed
by Gradebook Setup to access the setup page.
Gradebook Setup can also be found by selecting
Course Administration followed by Course
For each of the grading assignment categories, a category weight percentage
can be assigned (Fig. 6.60).
To include that category in the Gradebook, you must set this percentage
greater than 0. The total percentage weight of all categories combined
must equal 100%, or an error message will display when attempting
to save the Gradebook Setup page.
The assignments within each Gradebook category can also have different
weights. The weight of each individual assignment can be assigned by
clicking on the Edit link found below the category
name. When you are entering the weight for each assignment, there is
a toggle link to Show or Hide the details of the
weight of each assignment. These details include the percent value of each
assignment within the category and the percent value as a component of
the total grade
Dropping Low Scores
On the assignment weighting page there is a drop-down menu that allows the
instructor to specify how many (if any) of the lowest scores will be
dropped from the gradebook
(Fig. 6.61). Only regular
(non-extra credit and non-zero weight) assignments can be dropped. Suppose
that 10 ALEKS Quizzes have been set up for the term and the 2 lowest
quiz scores have been set to be dropped. ALEKS will not drop any
scores until the 9th Quiz has been completed by the students. At that
time, the lowest of the 9 scores is determined, and it is dropped when
ALEKS computes the overall score for the Quiz category in the
Gradebook. When the 10th Quiz has been completed by the students, the 2
lowest of the 10 scores are determined, and they are dropped when ALEKS
computes the overall score for the Quiz category in the Gradebook.
ALEKS recommends that you wait until the end of the course
to drop the lowest score(s).
Also on the assignment weighting page, there is a check box that can be
used to designate the assignment as extra credit
(Fig. 6.61). Students who do
not complete the extra credit assignment will not be penalized. (Students
who do complete the assignment can only improve, never hurt, their grades.)
Extra credit assignments are differentiated from regular assignments in the
gradebook by a + next to the score.
NOTE. In ALEKS, assignments not assigned to the entire course are
automatically flagged as Extra Credit. This ensures that the assignment to
only some students will not hurt the grades of other students.
In the Gradebook, assessments refer only to Scheduled Assessments; results
from other assessments cannot be used in the Gradebook
Each Scheduled Assessment in the course can be assigned a goal percentage.
The Goal is the percentage of the course that grades
on the assessment are based on. For example, midway through the course,
the goal for an assessment might be set at 50%. Then, a student
who assessed as knowing 40% of the entire course would get a score
of 80% on the assessment. (Meeting or exceeding the goal
percentage gives a score of 100% for the assessment.)
The Gradebook can be disabled by clicking Disable the Gradebook
for this Course on the Gradebook Setup
page. Disabling the Gradebook for the course will hide the course
Gradebook from you and the students in the course. The Gradebook can be
reactivated at any time by clicking on the link Enable the
Gradebook for this course link.
Total Grade Display Settings
By default, the option Show total grades to students will be selected
in this section of the Gradebook setup. If desired, you can elect to hide
the total grades from students by selecting Hide total grades from