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Setting Up a Flat Gradebook

Setting Up a Flat Gradebook

The flat gradebook eliminates category weights to allow a points based gradebook which features individually weighted coursework items. 

To Set-Up a Flat Gradebook: 

  1. From the 'Gradebook setup' page, access the parent category's 'Edit settings' option. (Note: The parent category is typically titled with the name of the course.)
  2. Set the 'Aggregation' type to 'Natural' and save. (By default, the aggregation type is set to 'Weighted Mean of Grades.)
  3. Delete all weighted categories. (You do not have to move items out of the category first.) All coursework items will now have a checkbox in the 'Weights' column.
  4. Adjust each item's weight by checking the checkbox to the right and adjusting its numerical value accordingly. (For example, if the final is weighted at 20% of the course, simply check the checkbox to the right of the Final and update its weight to '20.' TIP: If your course has several quizzes and you are unsure what their values should be, simply modify the weight of all other coursework items, like exams and assignments. The system will then automatically determine the weight of each individual quiz, based on the item's max grade.)
  5. Once your changes are complete, click 'Save changes.'

Setting Up Extra Credit in a Flat Gradebook: 

The flat gradebook also allows extra credit to be setup so that its impact applies to students' overall course total points (as opposed to being filtered through the category level as in a non-flat gradebook). 

  1. Add or determine which coursework item will be extra credit.
  2. In the 'Gradebook Setup' page, access the 'Edit settings page' for this item. 
  3. In the 'Parent category' pane, check the 'Extra credit' checkbox and save.
  4. In the 'Weights' column, adjust this item's numerical value accordingly. (For example, if an extra credit assignment is worth 3% of students' total grades, check the checkbox to the right of this item and update its weight to '3.')
  5. Click 'Save changes' to save. 

NOTE: If you are teaching an LTI course through Canvas or Blackboard and your flat gradebook has values exceeding 100 points for specific items (i.e., Midterm Exam worth 200 points), the grades should pass over correctly once you've made the following adjustments:

  • Canvas: Access the course link (if simple LTI) or specific grade item (if deep link) from the Modules page and select 'Edit Assignment Settings.' From the edit screen, you will need to adjust the number of points and change the 'Display Grade As' setting to 'Points':

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  • Blackboard: Access the Full Grade Center and locate the web link (if simple LTI) or specific grade item (if deep link). Click the downward facing arrow on the column for that item, then select 'Edit Column Information' and adjust the 'Points Possible' field:

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