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By default, ANGEL calculates category average by dividing the sum of collected points for all assignments in the category by the sum of total possible points. So it counts higher point assignments more.
For example, suppose that in a homework category we have two assignments:
Hw1: 80 pts worth
Hw2: 100 pts worth
A student gets 80 for Hw1, 50 for Hw2. Then the category average for this student is calculated by ANGEL as: (80+50)/(80+100) yielding 72.22% by default.
However, if you'd like to weight all assignments equally, then the category average would slightly be different. In the same example, the student has 80 out of 80 which is 100% for Hw1; 50 out of 100 which is 50% for Hw2. Then the average of these is 75% which would be the category average if both were weighted equally.
In order to weight all assignments in a category equally, you need to enter a formula for that category. To do so:
- in the gradebook, click on "Categories"
- select the checkbox next to the category and click on "Edit Selected"
1. Within your Course Gradebook in your course in ANGEL, select the “Publish Course Grades” link on the main Course Gradebook menu.
2. Select “Final” from the “Published Grade Type” pull-down menu.
3. Click the “Go” button.
4. Enter a “Grade To Publish” for each student. This field will be automatically populated if you have previously set up a grading scale. They’re still editable.
5. Click the “Publish displayed grades” button at the bottom of the screen. The message “Grades were Published” will appear.
6. Click the “Done” button.
7. Now you can log into eLion and select "Grade entry"
8. Enter your SecurID#
9. Select the course for which you want to enter grades and select the checkbox "Retrieve grades from ANGEL Course Gradebook" (Note: It might still say ANGEL PSU Gradebook)
10. Review the grades. When finished, select the "Submit grades" button at the bottom of the list. You will see a Confirmation Message telling you that your grades have been updated.
Please be aware that if you would like to re-import the .csv grade file back to ANGEL gradebook, the blanks in the file will not be treated as 0s, therefore will not input in the gradebook but leave what's already there there.
This will not be a problem if your gradebook was empty before the import. It will create confusion when you want to change misplaced grades to blanks.
To avoid this confusion, you may put 0s in the .csv file for users who don't have a grade. Doing so will NOT automatically check the "Treat Ungraded Items as Zero" but the zero-scored assignments will be counted in overall display.
Two scenarios we're trying to figure out...
2 dropbox assignments -- but only one is required.
Students can choose which one to complete. How do we capture the one grade without penalizing them for not completing the other?
Practice quizzes -- not counting toward final grade.
Students can complete these quizzes multi-times...but none of them should factor into the final grade total. How do we specify that?
The second Community Hub Podcast is now available on iTunes. This podcast features and interview with Dr. Sam Richards, Senior Lecturer in the department of Sociology and head of the "Race Relations Project", and his Graduate Assistant, Tamara Quezada. We talk about two of the new tools we have been piloting: The Course Gradebook and Discussion Forums. The conversation ranges from what it is like to participate in a pilot to the pedagogical benefits of using these tools. To listen to the discussion, select the the ANGEL Community Hub Podcast #2 link.
Currently it is possible to enter a non-numeric grade into the Course Gradebook without having a macro set for it. This will cause the averages and overall grades to not include this assignment. Ex: an editor enters a grade of A. if there was not a macro for A it does not store a numeric value. This causes the grade to not be included in the averages (Student, Assignment, Category, etc..).
A macro is a shortcut for turning letter grades into a score. For example, in this macro setup, when a letter grade of "b" is entered the student gets an 85% for their score. However, it should be noted that macros are case sensitive. In the same macro setup, for instance, when the letter grade of "B" is entered instead, the score will not be saved since "B" is not defined in the setup.
Also, it is not possible to define both cases of a letter together. If you define "B" as "80%" as a new filter in the same example, it will simply update the current lowercase entry.