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How to weight items in the Gradebook - Let's the add the ability to weight items in the Gradebook

How do I weight certain items or groups of items in the Gradebook? For example: the weekly discussions in my class are worth 25% of the overall course grade. When divided over the 14 weeks of the class, that means each discussion is only worth 1.8% But OpenClass will not allow me to include a decimal point when I enter how much an assignment is worth.

In other words: is there a way to say that a certain assignment is worth so many points, but then stage the Gradebook so that all of the assignments of this type are worth a certain percentage of the overall course grade? My current workaround is to say that the discussions are worth 18 points, and "inflate" the rest of the course assignments to add an imaginary decimal point (the whole course will end up being worth 1,000 points rather than 100).
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  • I’m content
    Hi Melinda,

    Thank you for your interest in OpenClass. Currently we are working on adding weighting to the gradebook functionality by the end of the year. Sorry we can't get it to you sooner.

    In the mean time, your current approach is a solid work around, but I apologizes that you have to increase all scores by a factor of ten.

    If you don't mind, I'd like to move this question to an idea since its a new feature we are talking about here.

    Please let us know if you have other questions or ideas around this topic or anything else you are interested in for OpenClass.

    Kind Regards,
    Tom Thayer. Product Management. OpenClass
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  • I’m back where I started.
    Tom - my workaround to increase everything by a factor of ten was a great idea... until I tried to add the final paper assignment that is worth 20% of the overall grade. The factor of ten makes it worth 200 points. But just as the gradebook won't allow you to make an assignment worth a fraction of a point, it also won't allow you to make an assignment worth more than 100 points.

    So I'm back to square one. Either way, I end up having to calculate course grades outside of the gradebook... and students don't receive an accurate estimation of their course grade in the gradebook. While you're working on gradebook weighting for the end of the year, could you please at least tweak the gradebook so you can make assignments worth more than 100 points?
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  • I’m Cautious
    Hi Melinda,

    Sorry to hear you were not able to use your original idea to work around weighting. While it looks like the end of the year for weighting to be released, let me follow up on the possibility to allow points over 100.

    Thanks,
    Tom
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    Hi Tom - I wanted to let you know that I discovered through a co-worker that the gradebook will allow you to both input a decimal point and make an assignment worth more than 100 points... just not when you add a new item from the left navigation bar.

    If you go into the gradebook itself after the items have been created - and marked as gradeable - then in the "modify/setup" mode you can click on the point value and change it to whatever you want. It saves the changes without any error messages about only being able to enter a whole number from 1-100.

    So I'm ok for my classes this fall. But it would still be a good idea for y'all to fix the feature when you add new items so you can put in the correct point value in the first place. That will save others the frustration I experienced.
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  • I’m glad to hear it
    Hi Melinda,

    We appreciate your perseverance with this issue. I have just confirmed with the product owner that this in fact a bug and is in the schedule to be addressed.

    Hopefully, by October we will have weighting available so that this kind of approach is no longer necessary.

    Thanks again for sharing this point with the community.
    Tom
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  • I am glad to hear that this bug and shortcoming are being addressed. Many users (like myself) will need to be able to weight assignments differently -- a standard gradebook feature.
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    Hello all,

    I've been tinkering with OC recently as a possible replacement for our school's Moodle LMS. Are there plans to let teachers create weight categories in the gradebook (30% for tests, 10% participation, 30% final exam, etc.)?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Weight categories for the Gradebook?.
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  • What's the status on this? Also, can I create a calculated column? I want to have a column with the quiz average, another column with the exam average, another with lab report average, etc.
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  • Currently an instructor is unable to create columns within the gradebook that calculate averages of specific tasks and assignments. Look for grade weighting to be released by fall of this year, Kim. Thank you for your patience!
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  • I’m excited
    Hello. Does Gradebook have some way of alerting me if I input more than the weighed amount, because Gradebook will still accept 70 points if only 35 is the set weight. Or, better yet, couldn't Gradebook, automatically calculate this for me, e.g. if I input 70 points, the Gradebook will automatically calculate the correct grade related to the weight of the assignment?

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    Gradebook auto-calculate input into percentage of weight.
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  • EMPLOYEE
    I’m excited, too!
    Hi Peter! Thank for expanding on this idea of weighting items in the Gradebook. I have forwarded this on to the product team who is currently developing the production and release plan for this tool. You're helping to mold the shape of the end result.

    We know this is a high priority for the entire community and we appreciate the feedback and input. It is top of mind for us all so please continue to visit the forum for updates.
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  • I respect that OpenClass has made it a priority to allow category weighting in the Gradebook, but that feature is still not a part of the program. May we please get it on the agenda, perhaps as even more important than some other things?
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  • EMPLOYEE
    I’m excited!
    We're with you, Jeff! Look for categories and weighting to be released in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience while our team wraps up development.
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