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ZERO SCORE FOR UNSUBMITTED ASSIGNMENTS
We recommend you check the "Zero score for unsubmitted assignments after due date has passed" box in the instructor console. Doing so will mean that the gradebook will record zeros for all unsubmitted assignments once the due date passes. For more information on using this feature please refer to the help article How to Zero Scores for Unsubmitted Assignments.
For many assignment types, the subtitle information is displayed on the home page. You can use this to provide supplemental information to your students (e.g. "This is an extra credit or optional assignment").
While most assignments allow you to add directions, note that not every assignment has this. If it's not there it's because most instructors don't add directions to that type of assignment.
- If you have chosen to use a grace period, any auto filling of grade earned that would happen at the due date is delayed by the grace period setting;
- In the gradebook the student’s grade will appear with a red/pink background to indicate the student worked into the grace period.
For more information about using a grace period, please refer to the help article Using the Grace Period Setting.
Although points are not required to assign an activity, if no points are allocated to an assignment, no gradebook column will appear.
This feature can help you organize how you and your students view their grade information.
- Each gradebook category can be selected for view in the instructor gradebook. This allows for a more structured and organized way to view student progress and performance.
- In the gradebook your students will see the assignments you have given a due date to in a list that is grouped by gradebook category.
- Inconsistent use of gradebook categories can result in a messy/confusing presentation of grading information to students.
- The gradebook categories can also be rearranged using the instructor console, "Gradebook Preferences" feature. For more information on changing the order of assignments or categories, please refer to the help article How to Change the Order of Assignments in the Gradebook.
Hide grade from student until due date has passed
Students expect to see grades for quizzes and other assignments immediately after they complete them. If you check "Hide grade from student until due date has passed" your students obviously will not have access to their grades until the due date passes. This can sometimes confuse students who expect to see their grades immediately after submitting their answers. We recommend that if you choose this setting you alert your students so they know not to expect to see their grades right away.
Currently, no grade will show up in the student gradebook until the due date has passed. You may want to let your students know so they don't panic when they don't see their grade recorded. To that end, we recommend you add the following alert in the Directions: "NOTE: Your grade will be NOT be posted in your gradebook until the due date has passed."
You can use the drop-down menu here to give student or group extensions. For more information on granting extensions to individuals, please refer to the help article How to change Assignment Settings for a Single Student. For more information on granting extensions to a group of students, please refer to How to Change Assignment Settings for a Specific Group of Students.
Many people give students too much time to complete their assessments and this can add unnecessary stress to your students' experience. If you're adding additional time to help reduce cheating or looking up answers, consider taking the quiz yourself and then giving the students 3 or 4 times as long as it took you to complete the quiz. This requires the student to work quickly, while still having time to consider questions that are more difficult. Note that this is only a rule of thumb.
When you click "one question at a time" the students will only see one question at a time but will still have the option of returning to a prior question.
Save and continue
Checking "save and continue" allows your students to save their progress and return to the quiz later after starting.
- We recommend that you uncheck "save and continue" for higher stakes assessments.
- Check "save and continue" if the assessment is designed to be a learning experience.
Showing feedback, solutions, and scores
The following settings can be adjusted to provide extra help to students or make it more difficult for students to share information with other students. For more information about each choice, see the help article How can I control when my students will see the correct answers for and receive feedback on their quiz responses?.
Please note that some students will use cameras or screenshots to capture assessment questions, so true question security cannot be assured.
It's important to note that if either hide function is used, the column is NOT visible in the gradebook until after the assignment is made visible.
COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR STUDENTS IS ALWAYS HELPFUL
It's a great idea to let your students know what each assignment setting means. We've found that this will help students avoid a lot of stress and confusion.