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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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The assessment

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 on Grades to see the Grades Setup Wizard 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

Grades Setup Wizard settings

Formula Calculated Final Grade

Below you can see the formula that is used for the Final Grade Calculation. Please note that in the grading scheme used here, a Fail equals a 5.4 and a Pass equals a 10. 

  • IF the student has failed 2 out of 3 practicals (a fail here is <5.5).
  • THEN the final grade will be: 40% Midterm + 60% Final Exam - 1
  • ELSE  the final grade will be: 40% Midterm + 60% Final Exam 

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