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Apr 18 2018

Updates to the Gradebook in March, 2018

The CoursePlus team is always working to make CoursePlus better. We take requests and feedback from faculty, staff, and students alike on a daily basis. 

Based on the feedback we've received, we made the following enhancements to the Gradebook in March, 2018:

  • There is now an option on the "Enter Grades" page to give all students who don't have a grade for that item a zero.
  • In Gradebook categories where one or more of the lowest/highest scores are dropped when calculating the final grade, percentage values for each item in the category on the Gradebook setup page are no longer shown. Instead an (i) icon appears with the following help text: "Items in this category will be assigned an equal weight that is based on how many items remain when the lowest and/or highest grades are dropped. This value may vary from student to student, and at different points during the term."
  • In Gradebook categories where one or more of the lowest/highest scores are dropped when calculating the final grade, grades that are dropped are now shown with a "Dropped" label, instead of the percentage that they would have contributed to a category, on the individual student view of their Gradebook. 
  • If feedback has been sent to a student, the score and feedback for that item is now automatically displayed to the student on their view of the Gradebook.
  • When grading by student (seeing all the graded items for an individual student, instead of a single graded item for the whole class), links now appear at the bottom of the page which take you to the previous or next student on the roster.
  • The percentage weight that an item has for a category is now shown to two decimal places on the student view of their Gradebook.

If you have any questions about any of these changes to the Gradebook, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:31 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Apr 11 2018

Student Academic Ethics and Proctor Signature Options in the Quiz Generator

At the the request of a focus group of faculty and the Office of Academic Integrity at the School, two new options have been added to the setup of exams in the Quiz Generator in CoursePlus.

First, you can now require that a student sign their name to an academic ethics statement as part of a quiz. The academic ethics statement, developed by the Office of Academic Integrity, appears at the top of the quiz and reads:

With my typed signature below, I pledge that the following assessment was completed in accordance with the applicable Academic Ethics Code of my Institution.

I have neither given nor received aid in completion of this assessment, nor used any course or other materials, unless specifically authorized by the Instructor.

Previously, some faculty added a single question to their quiz that asked the student to sign their name to an academic ethics statement written by the faculty. That question would then be excluded from scoring. This is now possible via a single choice in the exam setup, with no additional work on the part of the faculty. Faculty are, of course, still free to create their own academic ethics exam question if they prefer language different from what is provided by the Office of Academic Integrity.

Second, for exams that use proctors (and therefore require a password), you can now require that the proctor signs their name and enter their job title before a student submits their answers to an exam.  The statement that the proctor agrees to, approved by the Office of Academic Integrity, reads:

With my typed signature below, I certify that the examination has been completed in my presence and in accordance with the instructions provided.

If either of the above options are selected in the exam setup, the student signature or proctor signature as entered by the student or proctor appears at the top of the faculty view of an individual student's responses to the exam. 

We hope that these additions to the Quiz Generator will make administering your online exams a bit simpler, and encourage students to more strictly adhere to the School's academic ethics policy.

If you have any questions about these additions, please contact CTL Help!

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:02 AM - Categories: CoursePlus

Apr 2 2018

How Do I See the Current Grades for Students in My Class?

Knowing how students are performing in your class and targeting interventions with students who may be struggling is a key practice in ensuring success for all students. If you use the Gradebook in your CoursePlus site, you can see how students are performing in the class at any time by using one of these two methods:

First, you can look at the student view of the Gradebook for any student in your class. To do this:

1. Go to the Gradebook, and click on the "By Student" tab on the main Gradebook page.

2. At the top of each "Enter Grades by Student" page, there is a button that takes you to that student's view of the Gradebook in your course. Click that button:

3. At the top of the page, the current overall grade for the student will be displayed.

Alternatively, you can use the "Prepare Final Grade" view in the Gradebook to see all current grades for all students in the class at one time. Note that even if your Gradebook is based on points, the Final Grades page will convert that number into a percentage value. That's because the Final Grades page works only on percentages (for now).

In the old Gradebook, the Final Grades page used to show you the student's grade as if they received a zero for any items not currently graded in the Gradebook. That made it difficult to determine how all students were doing at, say, the mid-term point in the class. The Final Grades page now only shows the student grade based on the grades that have been entered for them in the Gradebook up to that moment in time. As such, you can view the current grade for all students in your class at any point in the term by going to the "Prepare Final Grade" view in the Gradebook.

If you have any questions about this, please contact CTL Help!

 

Posted by Brian Klaas at 4:05 PM - Categories: CoursePlus

Previous Posts

Mar 14

Better Handling of Add/Drop Combinations in the Same Course

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:29 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Feb 28

Gradebook Updates in February

Posted by Brian Klaas at 9:25 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Feb 20

Change Scores When Grading All Responses to a Single Question

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:41 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

Jan 18

What's New In the New Gradebook?

Posted by Brian Klaas at 8:07 AM - Categories: CoursePlus |

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