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Sakai 2.9 Gradebook: Using categories and weighted grades

In the Gradebook tool, you can create categories and assign Gradebook items to them. You can assign percentages to the categories, thereby weighting the items they contain more or less heavily when calculating the course grade.

Note: If you create categories (whether simple or weighted), you must then assign all Gradebook items that you want included in the course grade calculation to some category. Uncategorized Gradebook items will not have the option to be included in the course grade calculation. This requirement does not apply if you don't create categories.

Creating categories

To create Gradebook categories:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Gradebook.

  2. Near the top, click Gradebook Setup.

  3. Under "Categories & Weighting", choose Categories only.

  4. In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you're adding. To create additional categories, click Add a Category.

  5. When you are finished, click Save Changes.

Creating categories with weighted grades

To create categories and weighted grades:

  1. In your site's menubar, click Gradebook.

  2. Near the top, click Gradebook Setup.

  3. Under "Categories & Weighting", choose Categories & Weighting.

  4. In the text box that appears, type a name for the category you're adding. To create additional categories, click Add a Category.

  5. Next to each category name, in the "%" column, enter a number representing the percentage of the final grade that category should account for.

    Note: The total percentage must equal 100. Before you can save your changes, the "Running Total" must equal 100.0%, and the "Needed Total" must equal 0.0%.

  6. When you are finished, click Save Changes.

Adding Gradebook items to a category

After you create a category, you can assign Gradebook items to it while creating or editing the item; see Adding, editing, or deleting a Gradebook item.

Note: When you assign Gradebook items to a weighted category, keep in mind that items worth more points are already weighted more heavily. Make certain that the combination of point values and category weights results in the impact on course grades that you intend. For example, if you want all items in a category to influence the grade equally, you must make them worth the same point value or relative weight.

Last modified on January 29, 2014.