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How do I create Grading Categories?

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Ryan Richins
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During the summer of 2017, we released a new Buzz UI, giving you the same features and functionality with a cleaner, simpler user experience!

Until all users have switched to the new UI, our Help Center articles will include information for both. 

Click the header below that aligns with the Buzz UI version you are using (Old UI or New UI); if you don't know which version you are using, review the differences and/or contact your system admin or Agilix account manager.

Old UI

Grading Categories allow you to apply different grade settings to groups of activities within the same course. Simply create the Grading Categories in Course Settings and place activities in the desired category when you create them.

Create Grading Categories
  1. Open the Editor
  2. Open Course Settings from the toolbar. 
  3. Open the Gradebook tab and scroll to the Grading Categories section.
  4. From here, you can:
    • Check the Use weighted categories box to enable an editable numeric weight field next to each grading category listed (not available for courses using Multi-Outcome Scoring).
    • Click the garbage can (delete) icon to remove that category and click Add grading category to create a new category.
    • Check the Category details boxes to:
      • Check the All activities are extra credit box for the category.
        • NOTE: Any weighted category marked as Extra Credit is equivalent to making its weight 0, which means any item in that category does NOT contribute to the final course score. Such a configuration is counter-intuitive especially if you name the category "Extra Credit."
      • Choose to drop None of, 1, or more of the lowest scores in the category.
      • Check the Student score display box(es) to indicate they way(s) you want student performance displayed for the category: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.
  5. Save your changes.
Weighted categories

The category weight value defines how much impact the activity grades in that category have on the final grade relative to the other categories in the same course. Activity scores within a category contribute to the category score, which is factored by the category weight when computing the overall course score.

Example

Assume you create two categories:

  • Quizzes with a 750 grade weight and 2 quizzes worth 10 points each.
  • Homework with a 250 grade weight and 3 activities worth 10 points each.

Because of the grade weights, even though all of the activities are worth 10 points each, the quizzes contribute more to the course grade:

  • Quizzes are worth 75% of the course grade (750 / (750+250)).
  • Homework is worth 25% of the course grade (250 / (750+250)).

If a student were to get perfect scores on the quizzes, and zeros on all the homework activities:

  • With weighted categories, the student's final score is computed as (20/20 * .75) + (0/30 * .25) = 0.75.
  • Without weighted categories, the student's final score would be computed as (20/50) = 0.40.

The ability to easily assign different weights to categories allows you to more precisely assess student performance on the most critical competencies and personalize your attention based on that performance.

New UI

Grading Categories allow you to apply different grade settings to groups of activities within the same course. Simply create the Grading Categories in Course Settings and place activities in the desired category when you create them.

Create Grading Categories
  1.  Open the Editor tool.
  2. Select Course settings from Tools in the toolbar.
  1. From the Grading categories card, you can:
    • Check the Use weighted categories box to enable an editable numeric weight field next to each grading category listed (not available for courses using Multi-Outcome Scoring).
    • Add grading category.
    • Open the Category details box for existing categories to:
      • Change the category Name.
      • Change the category Weight (if using weighted categories).
      • Choose whether you want to drop any number of the lowest scores in the category.
      • Check the Display score for students as box(es) to indicate they way(s) you want student performance displayed for the category: Points, Percent (%), Letter grade, and/or Minutes spent.
      • Check the All activities are extra credit box for the category.
        • NOTE: Any weighted category marked as Extra Credit is equivalent to making its weight 0, which means any item in that category does NOT contribute to the final course score. Such a configuration is counter-intuitive especially if you name the category "Extra Credit."
  2. Save your changes.
Weighted categories

The category weight value defines how much impact the activity grades in that category have on the final grade relative to the other categories in the same course. Activity scores within a category contribute to the category score, which is factored by the category weight when computing the overall course score.

Example

Assume you create two categories:

  • Quizzes with a 750 grade weight and 2 quizzes worth 10 points each.
  • Homework with a 250 grade weight and 3 activities worth 10 points each.

Because of the grade weights, even though all of the activities are worth 10 points each, the quizzes contribute more to the course grade:

  • Quizzes are worth 75% of the course grade (750 / (750+250)).
  • Homework is worth 25% of the course grade (250 / (750+250)).

If a student were to get perfect scores on the quizzes, and zeros on all the homework activities:

  • With weighted categories, the student's final score is computed as (20/20 * .75) + (0/30 * .25) = 0.75.
  • Without weighted categories, the student's final score would be computed as (20/50) = 0.40.

The ability to easily assign different weights to categories allows you to more precisely assess student performance on the most critical competencies and personalize your attention based on that performance.

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