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Dropping Scores from the Gradebook
It is common practice for instructors to use a grading system in which students are given the option to drop scores from their final grade. For example: a faculty member gives seven quizzes throughout the semester, but allows students to drop the two lowest-scored quizzes from their final grade. Unfortunately, there is not a simple tool or button that will automatically calculate this scenario for you in the Pearson LearningStudio Gradebook. However, it is possible to use the following tip to manually drop scores from each student’s gradebook.
The Pearson LearningStudio Gradebook will only calculate the grades that the instructor has submitted to it. Therefore, when establishing your gradebook setup, you will need to factor your drop items as additional percentage.
Now that the total amount possible for the course has been established as 110%, it is left up to the instructor to manually remove the lowest scored item from each student’s gradebook. By removing these two scores, each student’s grade will be calculated out of 100% (instead of the 110% possible for the course). It is important that you completely remove the score and save rather than entering a zero. By entering zero, this will include the additional 10% to the grade and subsequently count against the student. Leaving the score blank will show a '*' symbol in the Points area.
Please note that this method will require the instructor or TA/GA to manually remove the drop scores from each individual student gradebook.
Display Grade Without Adding It To Final Grade
Want to display a grade in the Gradebook without adding it to final course grade? To add these items to the Gradebook in your course, please follow these steps.
In the popup window that appears, click the checkbox or checkboxes next to each of the course items you want to exclude from the final course grade then click on button at the top of the page that says "Exclude Selections from Course Grade”.
Gradebook Item Summary View
When using the gradebook tool in Pearson LearningStudio, you are allowed multiple methods of viewing grades. One gradebook view that has caused a bit of confusion with faculty is the Item Summary View. The Item Summary View allows you to see a summary score for all content items, course tools, and custom course items. For example, if you had five Reading assignments in your course, each worth 20 points, the Item Summary would show each student's score out of 100 (five assignments x 20 points each) rather than showing five separate Readings scores. You'll also see each student's current course points and course average (or, with Weighting turned on, the Course Weighted Average).
Please keep in mind, though, that you do not submit grades when in the Item Summary View. The Item Summary View only allows you the option to enter a letter grade for either a summary of items or the course average. If you enter a numeric grade in this area, it will not be factored into the automatic calculations.
If you have questions about the Item Summary View, contact eLearning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Are My Students Not Seeing Their Grades?
Setting the Exam Grade Review Date
The Gradebook Review date can be used by professors to keep students from seeing their exam grade and results until a date set in the scheduler, found within the toolbox. We recommend setting this date 1-5 days after the exam, giving the Instructor enough time to grade all exams before the answers are released.
To update the Gradebook Review date, the professor can do the following:
Grades to Date
In the Gradebook, a student's Grade to Date represents the number of points the student received out of the number of points possible, for only those items which the student has received a score. It is a quick and easy way to see how a student is doing at any particular moment in time. If you are using the Grade to Date to report a mid-term grade, please be sure to enter a zero for any item the student did not complete but should be graded on and that all Dropbox items are returned to the student. If you do not, the Grade to Date will not reflect those items in the calculation and the points possible will not be accurate.
Exporting Your Gradebook
It is highly recommended that you always export a copy of your gradebook after entering grades for students or making any changes. You can export the current view of your Gradebook to a comma-separated value (.csv) file, which you can then open in any spreadsheet application. Doing so will allow you to take advantage of standard spreadsheet functions such as calculating mean, medium, average and other statistical calculations. Exporting the current view of the Gradebook also provides you with final grades in a format that you can turn in to your administration and keep as a backup for your records.
To export grades, complete the following steps:
Duplicate Items in the Gradebook
If you have added content items to your course shell, these items will automatically appear in the "Add New Items" tab of your Gradebook Setup. It is up to you whether or not you want to include these items in your final gradebook. Checking the box next to each of these items will include them in the gradebook. Leaving them unchecked will not include them.
A common mistake in setting up a gradebook is Duplicate Gradebook Items. Faculty will often create a Custom Gradebook Item even though they've already incorporated items associated with content into their gradebook. Be sure to verify that you haven't already incorporated a content item into your gradebook before adding anything else.
Exams and content items that have a Dropbox associated with them are "checked" on the "Add New Items" tab by default, since it is assumed that they will be graded items. Faculty often mistakenly build a custom item for their dropbox items or exams, creating duplicate items. Again, it's best to verify that these have not already been included in the gradebook setup before adding anything else.
If you have any questions about Duplicate Items in the Gradebook, please contact eLearning at email@example.com.
A Weighting Primer
If the points for the gradeable items in your course do not all add up to 100, and how many of ours don't, it sometimes takes extra effort to figure out a student's final grade. If Use weighted calculations is selected under Preferences in Setup Gradebook, you can break everything down to percentages of the final grade, and, no matter how many points you've given each item, they will all be given the weight that you enter in that extra box on the Assign Points/Weights page of Setup Gradebook. Remember, you must enter a "pts" (points possible) value for each item or the system cannot compute the percentage of the final grade for that item once the student's Numeric grade is posted.
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Extra Credit - why won't it calculate?
If your gradebook is set up with weighted calculations, you MUST add a percentage to your extra credit.