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CougarVIEW Instructor Guides: Best practices for entering grades

Need help with something in CougarVIEW? Good news! We have a number of guides to show you how to use the many tools and resources in CougarVIEW. These guides cover topics like using the grade book, setting up quizzes, creating groups, and many more.

Best practices for entering grades

  • When creating a grade item, ensure that the Max. Points field for the item is not set to null or zero
    Find the Max. Points field in the Grading section of the Create a new grade item page (or the edit page for existing grade items) under the Properties tab.
  • When sorting grade categories and items, ensure they are sorted in the appropriate order
    The optimal method for ensuring grade items are sorted correctly involves creating categories and items in the order they will be marked. Brightspace Learning Environment automatically arranges categories and grade items in the sequence of their creation. If you wish to check the order of your grade items, navigate to the Grades section from the Course Homepage, then choose Manage Grades. Grade books exceeding 200+ grade items include Sort Order text fields next to the grade items on the Reorder Grade Items and Categories page. Alter the order of grade items by inputting a positive integer in the fields. Items sharing the same sort order number, such as two grade items both marked "1," maintain their current sort order relative to each other. The Sort Order drop-down menu remains visible for grade books containing fewer than 200 grade items."
  • When creating a grade item, make sure that you are not creating duplicate entries in the grade book
    Duplicate grade items may arise due to various reasons, including multiple imports of course packages or user input. These duplicates share identical titles and frequently lack associated activities.
  • When deciding how to allocate points or weights across grade items, check the Final Calculated Grade to make sure they add up correctly
    Total points or weights for grade categories and the Final Calculated Grade are available on the Manage Grades page. Keep in mind, in points-based grade books, the sum of the maximum points values for all grade items doesn't have to equal 100.

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