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Changing Grades settings and display options

  1. Optimizing Grades settings for large courses
  2. Setting grade item and grade book category display options
  3. Setting grade book display options
  4. Changing personal display options
  5. Changing org unit display options
  6. Changing calculation options

Optimizing Grades settings for large courses

If your grade book contains a lot of users or grade items, you might find that it loads slowly. Consider the following tips to improve performance.

  • Set the number of users to display per page to a low value.
  • Sort the User List by user instead of grades.
  • View the User List by group or section if possible.
  • Do not show decimal places in the grade book.
  • Do not repeat user details or grade item details in the grade book.
  • Do not repeat the calculated final grade or the adjusted final grade at the start of the grade book.
  • Do not select the Automatically keep final grade updated option.
  • Only display one user detail (i.e., Email, Username, First Name, Last Name) in the grade book.
  • Only display one grade detail (i.e., Points grade, Weighted grade, Grade scheme symbol, Grade scheme color) in the grade book.
  • Only display grade items and categories that you want to edit in Spreadsheet View in the grade book.
  • Do not create unnecessary grade items or categories.
  • Do not create unnecessary Calculated or Formula grade items.
  • Avoid making changes to grade schemes, the grading system, or the final grade calculation type once grades are assigned to users.
  • Only import users and grade items when data has changed.

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Setting grade item and grade book category display options

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click Edit from the context menu for the grade item or category you want to edit.
  2. In the Properties tab, expand the Display Options section.
  3. If you want to show the class average for the category or item in users’ view of the grade book, select Display class average to users.
  4. If you want to display a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles in users’ view of the grade book, select Display grade distribution to users.
  5. If you want to display different options for an item than what is specified on the Grades Settings pages, select Override display options for this item. This option only affects your view of the grade book; it does not affect what other users see. You can select the following:
    • Points gradeDisplays the users’ grade in points next to the total points available. For example, 6/10.
    • Weighted gradeDisplays the users’ grade as the weight achieved towards the final grade. For example, 3/5 (for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade).
    • Grade scheme symbolDisplays the symbol for the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. For example, "A" or "Very Good".
    • Grade scheme colorDisplays the color associated with the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. For example, .
  6. Click Save and Close.

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Setting grade book display options

  1. On the Manage Grades page, click on the name of the Final Calculated or Final Adjusted grade.
  2. In the Properties tab, expand the Display Options section.
  3. If you want to show the class average for the final grade in users’ view of the grade book, select Display class average to users.
  4. If you want to display a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles in users’ view of the grade book, select Display grade distribution to users.

Note These options are only available for the final grade you release to users. This might be either the final calculated or final adjusted grade depending on the setup options you selected for your course.

Set display options for your view of the grade book

  1. On the Manage Grades page, click on the name of the Final Calculated or Final Adjusted grade.
  2. In the Properties tab, expand the Display Options section.
  3. Select Override display options for this item. You can select the following:
    • Points grade Displays users’ grades in points next to the total points available. For example, 233/280.
    • Weighted grade Displays users’ grades as the weight achieved towards the final grade. For example, 80/100.
    • Grade scheme symbol Displays the symbol for the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. For example, “A” or “Very Good”.
    • Grade scheme color Displays the color associated with the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. For example, .
  4. Click Save and Close.

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Changing personal display options

The Personal Display Options page lets you set what information you want to display in your grade book. Setting these options helps you set up a grade book that has the information you need and is easy to navigate and read.

Access personal display options

Click Settings in the Grades tool.

Option Description
Managing View Display Options

Username

Displays users’ usernames in the grade book.

Org Defined ID

Displays Org Defined IDs in the grade book.

Email

Displays users’ email addresses in the grade book. (This option can take up a lot of screen space when viewing the grade book.)

Points grade

Displays the points a user earned on a grade item and the total points the item was out of.

E.g., 6/10

Weighted grade

Displays how much a users’ grade is worth towards the final grade.

E.g., 3/5 (for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade).

Note This option is only available in the weighted system.

Grade scheme symbol

Displays the grade scheme symbol for the scheme level a user earned on a grade item. This can be a numeric or text value.

E.g., “Very Good”

Grade scheme color

Displays the grade scheme color for the grade scheme level a user achieved on a grade item.

Number of characters to display for Text items

Sets the maximum characters to display in the grade book for a Text item before truncating it. Try to find a balance between using a lot of space in the grade book and having enough text to understand the item. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50.

Number of columns before user details repeat

Sets how many columns are displayed before user information is repeated. This option makes it easier to work with long grade books. The value must be an integer between 0 and 99.

Number of users before column header repeats

Sets how often the column header is repeated in the user list. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50. If 0 is entered, the column header is not repeated.

Repeat calculated final grade at the start of the user list

Sets whether you see a user’s final calculated grade at the start of the grade book next to the user’s name, as well as after all the grade items.

Repeat adjusted final grade at the start of the user list

Sets whether you see a user’s adjusted final grade at the start of the grade book next to the user’s name, as well as after all the grade items.

Start Page

Default Grades area

Sets which page displays by default when you open the Grades tool.

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Changing org unit display options

The Org Unit Display Options page lets you set what information to display to all course users.

Access org unit display options

  1. Click Settings in the Grades tool.
  2. Click the Org Unit Display Options tab.
Option Description
Managing View Display Options

Number of decimal places to display

You can set the number of decimal places users will see for items in their grade book. The default value is 2 and the maximum value is 5.

Note This option only changes how many decimals are displayed; it does not control how many decimals the Grades tool rounds to when calculating grades.

Student View Display Options

Points grade

This setting determines whether or not the Points grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades. Releasing the points grade to users shows them the value a grade item was marked out of and their score.

E.g., 6/10.

Weighted grade

This setting determines whether or not the Weighted grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades. Releasing the weighted grade to users shows them the weight of a grade item in relation to the final grade.

E.g., 3/5 (for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade).

Note This option is only available for the weighted grading system.

Grade scheme symbol

This setting determines whether or not the grade scheme symbol associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades. Releasing the grade scheme symbol to users shows them the scheme level they received on a grade item.

E.g., “Good”.

Grade scheme color

This setting determines whether or not the Grade scheme color associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades. Releasing the grade scheme color shows users the color associated with the scheme level they received.

E.g., .

Number of decimal places to display

Controls the number of decimal places a user sees in the grade book. The default value is 2 and the maximum value is 5.

NoteThis option only changes how many decimals are displayed; it does not control how many decimals the Grades tool rounds to when calculating grades.

Number of characters to display for Text items

Controls the number of characters displayed to users for a text item before the text is truncated. Try and find a balance between presenting enough information for users to recognize the text item and keeping the item short enough that it displays nicely. The default value is 15 and the maximum value is 50.

Display how final grade was calculated to users

This setting determines whether users can see how their final grade was calculated in the student view of Grades.

Allow users to add their grades to their ePortfolio

This setting determines whether users with the appropriate permissions can import their grades to their ePortfolio as course artifacts.

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Changing calculation options

The Calculation Options page lets you set or change the type of grading system you use to calculate users’ grades, whether you want to release the calculated final grade or an adjusted final grade, and how you want to calculate ungraded items.

Access org unit display options

  1. Click Settings in the Grades tool.
  2. Click the Calculation Options tab.
Option Description
Grading System

Weighted

Categories and grade items are calculated as a percentage of a final grade worth 100%. The Max. Points assigned to individual grade items can be any value, but their contribution towards the final grade is always their assigned weight. See Cobra Learning - Creating a grade book - Selecting a Grading System for more information.

Points

Grade items are calculated using their Max. Points value, rather than a percentage. Users’ scores on grade items are totaled and then divided by the total points available.

Formula

Grade items are calculated using the points system, but a formula is used to set conditions around how grade items contribute to the final grade.

Final Grade Released

Calculated Final Grade

The grade achieved by users based on the grading formula setup in the grade book. You cannot adjust it without editing individual grade items and recalculating the total.

Adjusted Final Grade

A final grade that can be adjusted or modified before being released to users.

Grade Calculations

Treat ungraded items as 0

Ungraded items count as a 0 towards users’ final grades.

Drop ungraded items

Ungraded items are removed from the final grade calculation. They do not count towards the users’ grade.

Automatically keep final grades updated

Determines whether the calculated final grade updates every time a change is made or only when a user manually recalculates the grade.

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Keywords:grade book display settings   Doc ID:48724
Owner:Bob R.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-03-12 12:55 CDTUpdated:2015-06-10 13:30 CDT
Sites:Parkland College
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