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Sakai 2.9 Gradebook tool: Overview

What it does

Gradebook is a tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to students online.

Key concepts

Features: Using Gradebook, instructors can:

  • Provide feedback to students quickly and easily

  • Transmit scores to the Gradebook from tools such as Tests & Quizzes, Assignments, and Forums

  • Add Gradebook items and scores manually (e.g., for assignments collected outside of Sakai or using tools that do not support transmission of scores to the Gradebook)

  • Choose which Gradebook items to include in the calculation of the course grade

  • Autocalculate course grades, with the ability to override any course grade

  • Define course letter grades based on a 100% scale

  • Choose between point- or percentage-based grading

  • Create categories to organize items and allow for weighting of grades

  • Drop the highest, drop the lowest, or keep the highest grades within a category

  • Enter, view, edit, and release to students scores, grades, and comments

  • Export scores and grades to Microsoft Excel (in Excel or .csv format) or as PDF

  • Import item scores from spreadsheet (.csv) files.

Viewing scores: Gradebook lets students view their own scores and grades once instructors have released them.

Things to consider

  • Instructors can view information in the Gradebook in different ways, including:

    • A summary view called Gradebook Items, showing the class average, due date, and other information about each Gradebook item
    • A detailed view of each Gradebook item, showing the students' grades, instructor comments, and grade history
    • A matrix view called All Grades, which shows the grades for all the Gradebook items and the overall course grades for the students
    • A Course Grades view, which shows all the course grades and grade overrides

  • Students can view their scores for all items; view their course grades, once an instructor releases them; and sort their items by title, due date, grade, and weight, where applicable.

  • Gradebook is section aware, so assistants can see grades only for students in their particular sections.

  • Instructors can import grades. For instructions, see Importing grades from a spreadsheet.

Help documentation

For help documentation about the Gradebook tool, see Gradebook.

Last modified on January 22, 2014.