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Entering Zeros for Unsubmitted Items

Entering Zeros for Unsubmitted Items

By default, your gradebook has been set-up to exclude empty grades, which will not tally zeros for unsubmitted items. In order for the system to tally students’ final grades accurately, zeros will need to be manually inputted for all missing grades. We recommend performing this step very soon after an assignment/quiz/exam deadline has passed. This allows students to see a more accurate grade average throughout the semester. 

To enter zeros for single grade items or students: 

  1. Access your gradebook from the menu bar at the top of your course home page.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select 'Single view.'
  3. From the 'Select grade item...' OR 'Select User' dropdown menus, select your desired grade item or student. (Please do not select 'Category total' or 'Course total.' These do not require a bulk insert, and may lock students' grades if accidentally selected.).
  4. To the right of the desired grade item or student (depending on which option you selected in Step 3 above), click to check the checkbox in the 'Override' column. 
  5. In the 'Grade' field, enter a zero.
  6. Once your changes are complete, click 'Save.'

If you would like to enter several zeros at a time, the bulk insert feature can be used to calculate zeros for any empty grades in the gradebook. Please note, a bulk insert can only be done for one graded item at a time, or one student at a time. Depending on how large your class is, using this function for one graded item at a time may be most efficient (this is the preferred method).

Additionally, please note, this process enters a grade override and prevents any further grade changes unless removed. If allowing a student another attempt on a quiz/written assignment/exam, this override will need be removed. Otherwise, the gradebook will continue to display the locked overridden grade. 

* For instructions on entering zeros to calculate final grades at the end of the semester, please see here.*

To perform a bulk insert for quizzes/assignments/exams/discussion forums (*We recommend using this method*):

  1. Access your gradebook from the menu bar at the top of your course home page.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select 'Single view.'
  3. From the 'Select grade item...' dropdown menu, select a quiz/exam/written assignment. (Please do not select 'Category total' or 'Course total.' These do not require a bulk insert, and may lock students' grades if accidentally selected.).
  4. Check 'Perform bulk insert.'
  5. Verify the dropdown menu is set to 'Empty grades,' and 'Insert value' is set to zero.
  6. Once your changes are complete, click 'Save.'
  7. Repeat for all remaining assignments as necessary.

To perform a bulk insert for individual students:

  1. Access your gradebook from the menu bar at the top of your course home page.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select 'Single view.'
  3. From the 'Select user...' dropdown menu, select a student.
  4. Check 'Perform bulk insert.'
  5. Verify the dropdown menu is set to 'Empty grades,' and 'Insert value' is set to zero.
  6. Once your changes are complete, click 'Save.'
  7. Repeat for all remaining assignments as necessary.
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