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Thursday's session is at noon at not 11:30 as originally announced. I've updated the posting.
With the Course Gradebook there is no longer the manually scored assignment (MSA) option under the Lessons tab, like there was with the Penn State Gradebook. Instead this option has been incorporated right into the gradebook proper. To create an MSA:
1. go into the gradebook
2. select the assignments link
3. select the add new option
4. complete the fields (assignment name, point values, etc.)
5. select save
This will serve the same function. You can add/edit scores and students can see their grades for assignments outside of ANGEL.
For instructors who like to work their grades in a spreadsheet it is recommended that they export the gradebook in a .csv format and open that file in a spreadsheet program such as Excel.
However, for instructors who work in excel first and then want to import the information into the gradebook, they should when importing grades from the gradebook:
-set Column 0 to match the UserId
-skip Column 1
-begin the assignments/grades with column 2
There is a bug regarding blocking the gradebook's ability to convert raw scores from the Penn State Test Tool into their proper percentages. The bug will be fixed by next Wendesday, 10/25. This means that any scores brought into ANGEL via the Penn State Test Tool (eg, Test Pilot or Scanned Bubble Sheets) that did not properly convert, must be re-retrieved and re-published in order for them to convert, calculate, and display properly.
We are planning a follow-up train-the-trainer session for the gradebook. Here are the particulars:
When: Thursday, 10/26, begining at Noon
Where: 201 Hammond Building
Let's work through some real-world examples. In other words, rather than me walking through the overview (which most of you have attended), or answer generic "what if" questions, let's bring in these faculty examples we were talking about and actually work through them together and see what happens. I see it working like this:
How to attend:
When going through the Setup Wizard the first screen enables you to name your categories and select the calculation type for that category. The choices are: "Use all assignments" "Drop lowest" and "Use highest". If you select the "Drop Lowest" or "Use highest" options an extra step is needed after you have gone through the wizard. This step is to go into that category from the main menu page and setting a numerical value.
For example, in the Setup Wizard:
-Professor Dan created a category called "Lab Assignments
-There are 12 assignments in this category and Prof. Dan wants to drop the lowest 2 scores in the category so he selects the "Drop Lowest" option from the Calculation drop-down menu.
-After completing the steps in the wizard, Prof. Dan then needs to go into the "Lab Assignments" category and insert the number 2 in the calculation type field.
If Prof. Dan does not take this step, the gradebook is not able to accurately calculate the scores. As a result the students scores will appear grayed out when viewing them.
In order to make finding content easier we've added some links to the page concerning the most pressing topics. If you look up at the top frame you'll find links for the gradebook, discussion forums, and the Test Tool.