Manually Entering Grades

While students’ scores for the auto-graded practices and exams will automatically populate into the Gradebook, there will be many times when you may still need to manually enter or edit student grades. For example, some assignments will need to be scored offline based on the scoring rubric for the specific assignment and then entered into the Gradebook. This might also happen if you wish to enter a zero for a student who fails to submit a particular lesson practice, to enter grades for all students when you administer and self-grade an offline quiz, or to edit a grade for a student’s unit assignment to give them partial credit for their submission.

The two places you will use the most to enter grades are the Gradebook and the SpeedGrader.

Gradebook

1. Starting the course platform, click "Grades" on the left-hand side course menu to open the Gradebook.

2. Locate the student whose grade(s) you'd like to enter or change in the Gradebook

3. Click on the assignment cell to show editable cell and enter the grade. Press enter/return on your keyboard to save.

SpeedGrader

1. Starting the course platform, click "Grades" on the left-hand side course menu to open the Gradebook.

2. Click into the cell that represents the student's score that you wish to change, and click the arrow icon that appears on the right-hand side. This will open up a menu on the right-hand side of your browser window.

3. Click on "SpeedGrader" in the right-hand menu.

4. Open student submission through the student list on the top right-hand side of the SpeedGrader.

5. Enter the score that you would like.

Note: In the ribbon at the top, you'll see your progress with grading this course item, the average score, and the number of the current entry (arranged alphabetically by student).

Commenting on Student Grades

As with manually entering grades, you can comment on specific assignments in either the Gradebook or the SpeedGrader.

Commenting in the Gradebook

1. Starting in the course platform, select "Grades" from the left-hand side menu.

2. Scroll to the student whose work you'd like to add a comment on.

3. Hover over the grade cell and an icon will appear on the top right corner. This is the "Discussion" icon. Click on this icon.

4. Add your comment on the next page, and post.

Commenting in the SpeedGrader

1. Access the SpeedGrader, either through the assignment/quiz page or via the Gradebook (see above).

2. Enter your comments on the right-hand side, then click "Submit."

Grade Statuses

The Project STEM Gradebook allows you to assign color-coded statuses to assignments submitted late, assignments that are excused, or assignments that are missing. To access the status menu, follow the instructions below.

  1. Starting in the course platform, click on "Grades" on the left-hand side course menu to launch the Gradebook.

  2. Click on the cell representing the grade you would like to adjust, then click the arrow icon on the right-hand side of that cell. This will open up a menu on the right-hand side of your browser window.

  3. Within the new menu on the right-hand side of the window, select the appropriate status and then click anywhere outside of the menu to close it.

Automatic Deductions for Late or Missing Work

1. Starting in the course platform, click on "Grades" on the left-hand side course menu to launch the Gradebook.

2. Click on the gear-wheel icon on the right-hand side to bring up the "Settings" menu.

3. Click "Save" and you're set!

Column Setting Options

The Gradebook column settings menu has a variety of options for you to control, adjust, and display grading data. To view the different options, click on the column header for any assignment or assessment, and then pull up the settings menu for that column by clicking the three-dot icon on the right-hand side of the column header.

You can use this menu to sort columns (for more information, see this page), access the SpeedGrader (for more information, see this page), message specific students, set curve/default grades, hide grades (adjustable by course section), and set a grade posting policy. The default grade posting policy is "automatic" - grades are posted as soon as they are assessed - but you can use this feature to manually control when students may see their grades.

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