How to Add Weights to Categories

Document created by Vishal Sharma on Jan 10, 2017Last modified by Vishal Sharma on Jan 12, 2017
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How to Add Weights to Categories

  • If "Use weighted categories" is off, grades are calculated by multiplying each assignment's percent grade times the assignment's gradebook points, then summing these points across all assignments. The final grade equals the total points earned divided by the total points possible. In this scheme, categories serve solely to organize assignments in the gradebook
  • If "Use weighted categories" is on , you will enter a weight for each category. To calculate grades, gradebook points for assignments within each category are first summed, and a percent of points earned for the category is calculated. Then each category's percent grade is multiplied by the category's weight to determine each category's points, which are summed. The final grade equals the total category points earned divided by the sum of the category weights.

To weight your categories follow the instructions below.

Click on the Instructor Console from the Home page

Click on the Instructor Console from the Home page
 

Click "Gradebook Preferences"

Click
 

Check the box to "Use Weighted Categories"

Check the box to
 

Click the number under the Weight/Points column to change the weight for that category

Be sure to click OK when you're done.

Click the number under the Weight/Points column to change the weight for that category
 

View the changed weights

Note that the weights don't have to add up to 100. You can, however, see what percentage of your students' grades each category will be by looking in the "% of Total" column.

View the changed weights
 

If you want the weights and percentages to match simply make sure the weights add up to 100.

 

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