This tutorial will give you a thorough tour of the Writer's Help 2.0 Gradebook. Here's what we'll cover:
- The main Gradebook page
- Display options
- Students' records
- Viewing assignments in the Gradebook: Basic information
- Viewing assignments in the Gradebook: Class performance reports
- Viewing a student's work on a specific assignment
The main Gradebook page
The numbered circles in the image correspond to the numbered descriptions below. Please scroll down to read the descriptions. You can also open the image in a new window and toggle between it and the descriptions.
- Home – Takes you back to the main Writer's Help screen.
- Display Options – Allows you to customize what information is displayed in your Gradebook. See the section "Display Options" below for more details.
- Import Scores – Allows you to upload offline assignment scores into your Writer's Help Gradebook.
- Export Scores – Allows you to export your Writer's Help scores for entry into other LMS systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas, or D2L.
- Gradebook categories – Across the top of your Gradebook you'll see different categories, such as "All Assignments," "Uncategorized," or "Chapter 22." Whenever you assign something, you'll be asked to categorize it so that you can group similar assignments together. Common categorizations include by chapter, by assignment type (for instance, Quizzes, Exams, Group Projects, Extra Credit), by week, or by unit. Your Gradebook categories are completely customizable. If you do not categorize your assignments, they will appear in the "Uncategorized" category.
- Name – Every student who enrolls in your Writer's Help course is listed here. See the section "Student Record" below for more details.
- Score – Provides the overall student score.
- Minutes – Reports the total number of minutes students have spent on their assignments.
- Assignment Title – Every assignment has its own column. See the section "Viewing an Assignment in the Gradebook" below for more details.
- Assignment Score – For each assignment, this Gradebook can display the percentage score, the numeric score, and/or the minutes spent on the assignment. See "Viewing a Student's Work on a Specific Assignment" below for more details.
- Missing – Tallies how many students have not completed the assignment.
- Points – Indicates how many points that assignment was worth.
Click the Display Options drop-down menu to select from a variety of available information your Gradebook can provide you. We will walk through each option from the top of the list to the bottom, beginning with Visible Columns. Please read through each or scroll down to the option you're most interested in.
Visible Columns – Allows you to customize which columns appear. Options include score, total minutes spent, last log-in timestamp, status, performance, and ID.
Visible Footers – Allows you to customize which footers appear. Options include number of students who still have not completed the assignment and total points the assignment is worth.
Score Display Options – Allows you to customize what information appears in the assignment column. Options include seeing the student's numerical score, a percentage, or a letter grade. You can also display minutes spent on each assignment.
Show Category Totals – Allows you to show or hide a column that shows cumulative scores for each student across a category.
Show Inactive Enrollments – Allows you to show or hide students who are inactive in the course.
From the main Gradebook page, when you click on a student's name, you see a record of their work in your Writer's Help course. The numbered circles in the image correspond to the numbered descriptions below. Please scroll down to read the descriptions. You can also open the image in a new window and toggle between it and the descriptions.
- Activity – Every assigned item appears in the student record. Their score, when they submitted the assignment, and the assignment due date are also listed. By clicking on any assignment, you can open and view the complete student submission.
- Return to Gradebook icon – Clicking this icon will bring you back to the Gradebook.
- Bar graph icon – Clicking the bar graph icon will show you the class statistics and where that student falls in relation to the rest of the class.
- The paper icon – Clicking the paper icon shows you a usage report that tells you how much time the student has spent in Writer's Help.
Viewing assignments in the Gradebook: Basic information
When you hover over an assignment name, basic information about the assignment settings appears.
Viewing assignments in the Gradebook: Class performance report
When you click on an assignment title, you see statistics on how students performed. If the assignment is a quiz, you will also see information on how students performed on each question, as well as estimates on the difficulty and fairness of each. The class performance report has several sections, so when you're viewing it in Writer's Help, you’ll need to scroll down to see the whole thing.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we'll group the sections as follows:
- Frequency of Scores, Curve Scores, and Zero Score for Unsubmitted
- Numbers and Frequency of Grades
Frequency of Scores, Curve Scores, and Zero Score for Unsubmitted
- The Frequency of Scores chart gives a snapshot of the following assignment statistics:
- the median; i.e., the score that is in the middle (one half of the other scores are above and one half are below).
- the mean; i.e., the average score.
- the distribution of all scores across quarters, or quartiles.
- the distribution of scores above and below the mean, which is also called the standard deviation.
- Curve Score allows you to modify the total points to curve the class's scores. For more information on curving, see the help article Curving: Changing Scores and Explaining Grade Redistribution.
- Zero Score for Unsubmitted allows you to give all students a zero who failed to submit their answers for an assignment. You can use this feature either before or after the assignment deadline has passed. If you use it before, students' actual scores will replace the zeros when they submit their answers. For more information, see the help article How can I set scores to zero for unsubmitted assignments?.
Numbers and Frequency of Grades
- The following statistics are listed in the Numbers section:
- Number of students – Total number of students who completed the assignment
- Maximum score – The highest possible score a student could have received
- Passing score – The lowest possible score a student could have received but still passed the assignment
- Mean (average) – The average score of all students who completed the assignment
- Standard deviation – A measurement of the distribution of the scores above and below the mean
- Low score – The lowest score received out of all students
- Quartile 1 score (Q1) – One quarter of all scores fall below Q1.
- Median score (Q2) – Q2 is equal to the median, which is the score exactly in the middle of the range. Half the scores are higher than the median, and the other half are lower.
- Quartile 3 score (Q3) – The top quarter of the scores lie between Q3 and Q4.
- High score (Q4) – The highest score received out of all students
- Mode (most frequent score) – The score mostly frequently received by all students
- The Frequency of Grades graph shows the distribution of grades a standard letter grading scale. Hovering your cursor over the bars reveals how many students received each letter grade.
- Submission brings up a student's completed assignment.
- Details as to when the student started and submitted the assignment.
- If the assignment due date has not passed, Retry allows a student to retake the assignment for a new grade.
- Clicking on the small + expands the questions so that you can see all of the answer choices and how the class answered.
- Clicking on Difficulty will sort the questions by how difficult they were; i.e., by how many students answered them incorrectly.
- Clicking on Discrimination will sort the questions based on their discrimination rating.
Viewing a student's work on a specific assignment
- How many points the student scored on the assignment. You can modify any student score by simply changing this number.
- If you click Excuse, an X will appear in your Writer's Help Gradebook, and this assignment will not be included in the student's overall score.
- If Continue Later is selected, the student will be skipped over and their score will not be returned to them.
- Selecting Override Complete allows the student to resubmit that assignment.