How do I add a grade center column?

Columns

The Grade Center is made up of rows of student names and columns where you can record the grades they earn for activities and assessments. The rows are automatically generated based on your roster, but you are in control of creating and managing the columns. Most columns that you work with will be for recording grades, but special “calculated columns” can be created to calculate averages and final grades based on the grades you have entered in other columns.

Creating a Column

This video demonstrates how to create a “manual” column in the grade center. This type of column would be created to record grades for work that students submitted in-class, or for graded items that have no deliverable to submit such as participation or attendance.

You do not need to create columns for work that students submit through myCourses.

Columns are automatically created when you add graded activities (e.g. discussions, tests, assignments, blogs, journals) to content areas in your course site. Head over to our Help for Faculty page for tutorials on creating places for students to submit work in myCourses.

Creating Calculated Columns

Calculated Columns use the grades you have entered in the grade center to calculate final grades, averages, or the sum of several grades. There are a few types of calculated columns:

  • Average Column – Calculate the average of a selection of grade columns/categories.
  • Minimum/Maximum Column – Display the highest or lowest grade given a range of grade columns/categories.
  • Total Column – Calculate the sum of all points earned for a selection of grade columns/categories.
  • Weighted Column – Allows instructors to assign percentage weights to selected grade columns/categories in order to calculate a weighted final/overall grade.

Organizing Columns

You are able to organize the columns in the Full Grade Center so that they are displayed in the order you would like them to appear.