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Example Gradebook: Formula Grading System

This article contains an example Gradebook of a Formula Grading System, which may help you to get a better understanding of setting up a Gradebook.

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A course consists of 3 main assessments: 

  1. 3 practical assignments of which a student needs to pass at least 2, otherwise 1 point will be reduced from the final grade. The assignments will be evaluated with a pass or fail. Does not count for the final grade.  
  2. A midterm that students will take in Brightspace via a quiz. It will be evaluated on a 10 points scale. Counts as 40% of final grade.
  3. A final exam that students will take out of Brightspace. It will be evaluated on a 10 points scale. Counts as 60% of final grade.

The settings

Click to see the Grades Setup Wizzard settings and the Grade Items settings for this example Gradebook.

Grade Item settings
  1. Grade Category: Practical Assignments
    • Grade Scheme: Leiden Scheme_Partial Grade_Rounded off at 0.1_ Pass 5.5
    • Distribution: Distribute weight evenly across all items
    • Consists of three grade items Practical Assignments 1 - 3
  2. Grade Item: Practical Assignment 1 - 3
    • Type: Selectbox
    • Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
    • Association: linked to assignments. So the grades are transferred from the assignment tool.
    • Max points: 10
  3. Grade Item: Midterm
    • Type: Numeric
    • Grade Scheme: Leiden Scheme_Partial Grade_Rounded off at 0.1_ Pass 5.5
    • Association: linked to a quiz. So the grades are transferred from the quiz tool.
    • Max points: 10
  4. Grade Item: Final Exam
    • Type: Numeric
    • Grade Scheme: Leiden Scheme_Partial Grade_Rounded off at 0.1_ Pass 5.5
    • Association: none. So grade input is manual or via import.
    • Max points: 10

Formula Calculated Final Grade

Below you can see the formula that is used for the Final Grade Calculation.

  • IF the student has 20 or more points for all the three practical assignments (Read: the student has passed 2 practical assignments).
  • THEN the final grade will be: 40% Midterm + 60% Final Exam
  • ELSE  the final grade will be: 40% Midterm + 60% Final Exam - 1

Instructor View

As an instructor you will see your students and their grades on the Enter Grades tab. As you can see, each grade item is 1 column, where as the grade items Practical Assignments 1-3 are grouped together in the category Practical Assignments.

As shown below the instructor has opted to see grade points (20/30), grade scheme symbol (6.7) and grade scheme colour (green). 

Looking at the results after, we can see that:

  • Student 1 and Student 2 received the same grades for the midterm and the final exam.
    • But for student 2, 1 point was reducted from his final calculated grade, since he did not pass at least 2 of the practical assignments.
  • Student 3 and Student 4 received the same grades for the midterm and the final exam.
    • But for student 4, 1 point was reducted from her final calculated grade, since she did not pass at least 2 of the practical assignments.
    • In this case student 4 has also failed the course.

Student View

As shown above the students will see their grades and the total number of points they received on a particular assessment.

Video: Formula Grading System