Grades vs. Gradebook
Students have access to their scores in their Grades area, which can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors. Students also have the ability to enter a What If grade to calculate their own performance, and can also see which grades are muted while the instructor is completing assessment.
The instructor view of the Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes. Instructors can use the Gradebook to set grading on a curve for individual assignments.
There are several different ways to manage grading in your online course, from dropping a grade in an assignment group, to creating a grading scheme, to adding extra credit. A new option that has just been added to Webcourses@UCF for Fall 2016 is the ability to not count an assignment as part of the final grade (non-graded assignment). This page contains a table of the differences between making something worth 0 points, leaving an assignment not graded, and the new ability of not counting towards the final grade.
|Type of Assignment and other Details||Does it appear as a Gradebook column (for instructor)?||Does it appear on the Syllabus page (for students)?||Is it listed on the Assignments page (for students)?||Will it appear on student's To Do list for the class?|
|Worth 0 points with Display Grade as set to points||Yes, but any score other than 0 would essentially count as extra credit towards the student's final grade. Comments can be added||Yes||Yes, with points listed as -/0 pts||Yes|
|Worth 0 points with Display Grade as set to Not Graded||No; therefore, no comments easily seen since it will not be listed in the student's view of Grades, either. (Interestingly, assignment is still accessible via the SpeedGrader on the Assignments page, so a Comment could conceivably be left that is sent to student's Inbox IF the student looks under the "Submission Comments" drop-down menu. This is not recommended, however!)||Yes||Yes, with nothing listed in the points column.||Yes|
|Worth xx points with Display Grade as set to points, but with checkbox for Do not count this assignment towards the final grade enabled||Yes, but any score entered would not count. Student will see any point value, but with a "warning" icon next to it. When clicked, icon indicates assignment is not counted towards final grade. Any comments left by instructor CAN be viewed.||Yes||Yes, and if points were given it will be listed at full value: -/15 pts, for example. Student must click on assignment to see message that it is not counted towards the final grade.||Yes|