16th Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning                                             Jinsong Zhang, Ed. D.              ...
 Why grade book? Common mistakes in using a web grade  book About weighted total Alternative grading system To avoid ...
    Important Role of a CMS       By 2002, over ¾ of colleges had adopted a        CMS       By 2008, over half of coll...
 Confusing and counter-intuitive  interface Poor performance speed and efficiency System reliability   Endless Upgrade...
   Weight or total points?     Look at your grading policy11/4/2010                           5
    Identical Total and Weighted Total columns     What can I do?       Remove       Not to “Show this Column to Stude...
Grading Policy                  Actual Grade Book                                              Wrong function!Assignment  ...
Grading Policy                                 Quiz     Points   Equal    Prprtion                                        ...
 When a grade book                                   is copied, the                                   weighted total     ...
$    dollar    : colon      < less than           |   pipe &    ampersand ; semi-colon > greater than        ^   caret +  ...
    Grading schemas get duplicated in Blackboard when a       course is copied      Remove all the useless schemas     ...
BB default category                  Instructor defined category     Two terms are used for a single category     Use de...
No Category  Columns should be properly categorized unless they are    weighed individually11/4/2010                      ...
 Score is added to              TOTAL only as              extra credit (BB              9.1)             Score with 0 p...
    Calculation can be complicated       Different weighing methods       How to deal with un-attempted columns?      ...
    Extra applied to course total       Course Weighted Total (100%)+ Extra credit (5%)     Extra applied to a category...
Grade Item          Points        Weight     Range    Grade  Short Paper 1        100           10            950-1000    ...
    Download your grade book from your CMS    Use any spreadsheet program to verify the     weighted total or the total ...
    Prepare a detailed plan for the course grade     book    Understand the grade book in your CMS    Verify course gra...
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  1. 1. 16th Sloan-C Conference on Online Learning Jinsong Zhang, Ed. D. Stevenson University
  2. 2.  Why grade book? Common mistakes in using a web grade book About weighted total Alternative grading system To avoid miscalculation Comments11/4/2010 2
  3. 3.  Important Role of a CMS  By 2002, over ¾ of colleges had adopted a CMS  By 2008, over half of college courses make use of a CMS tool  Blackboard has 3700 clients in 70 countries Student learning assessment matters System bugs with online grade books11/4/2010 3
  4. 4.  Confusing and counter-intuitive interface Poor performance speed and efficiency System reliability  Endless Upgrades and fixes  Grade calculation becomes a variable11/4/2010 4
  5. 5.  Weight or total points?  Look at your grading policy11/4/2010 5
  6. 6.  Identical Total and Weighted Total columns  What can I do?  Remove  Not to “Show this Column to Students”  Hide11/4/2010 6
  7. 7. Grading Policy Actual Grade Book Wrong function!Assignment Point Percent Assignment Point PercentAssign 1 100 10 Assign 1 100 7.69Assign 2 100 10 Assign 2 100 7.69Assign 3 100 10 Assign 3 100 7.69Assign 4 100 10 Assign 4 100 7.69Project 100 10 Project 100 7.69Blog 100 15 Blog 100 7.69Quizzes (6) 100x6 15 Quizzes (6) 100x6 46.15Final Exam 100 20 Final Exam 100 7.69TOTAL 1300 100 TOTAL 1300 10011/4/2010 7
  8. 8. Grading Policy Quiz Points Equal Prprtion Item Weight WeightAssignment Point Percent Quiz 1 4.375 6.125Assign (8) 800 30 Quiz 2 4.375 7.875Quizzes (8) 200 35 Quiz 3 4.375 7.000Discussion (10) 150 20 Quiz 4 4.375 1.750Exam 150 15 Quiz 5 4.375 2.625TOTAL 1300 100 Quiz 6 4.375 2.625 Quiz 7 4.375 3.500 Quiz 8 4.375 3.500 TOTAL 200 35 35 Actual Quizzes in Grade Center 11/4/2010 8
  9. 9.  When a grade book is copied, the weighted total column can be different from the its source.  A weight given to an empty category Total Weight: 95 %  Check the weight calculation11/4/2010 9
  10. 10. $ dollar : colon < less than | pipe & ampersand ; semi-colon > greater than ^ caret + plus = equals # pound ~ tilde , common ? question % percent [ Left bracket / slash @ at { left curly brace ] right bracket backslash " quotation } right curly brace ‘ grave accent  Alphabetic and numeric characters ONLY for column name  Follow the same rule for gradable activities11/4/2010 10
  11. 11.  Grading schemas get duplicated in Blackboard when a course is copied  Remove all the useless schemas  Verify your letter grade against your grading policy11/4/2010 11
  12. 12. BB default category Instructor defined category  Two terms are used for a single category  Use default category first  Always check to make sure all category members are included11/4/2010 12
  13. 13. No Category Columns should be properly categorized unless they are weighed individually11/4/2010 13
  14. 14.  Score is added to TOTAL only as extra credit (BB 9.1)  Score with 0 point possible is ignored in all calculations (BB 8.0 )11/4/2010 14
  15. 15.  Calculation can be complicated  Different weighing methods  How to deal with un-attempted columns?  How extra credits are handled? How does your CMS support the weighted calculation?11/4/2010 15
  16. 16.  Extra applied to course total  Course Weighted Total (100%)+ Extra credit (5%)  Extra applied to a category Writing 40% Journal 1-5 (500 pts) Short Essay 1-5 (500 pts) Bonus Essay (100 pts)  Extra added to an individual quiz or assignment11/4/2010 16
  17. 17. Grade Item Points Weight Range Grade Short Paper 1 100 10 950-1000 A Short Paper 2 100 10 900-949 A- Pair Discussion 100 10 870-899 B+ Panel Discussion 100 10 840-869 B Midterm 100 10 800-839 B- Final 200 20 770-799 C+ Term Project 200 20 700-769 C Attendance 100 10 670-699 C- Total 1000 100 600-669 D Extra Credit 50 5 0-599 F11/4/2010 17
  18. 18.  Download your grade book from your CMS Use any spreadsheet program to verify the weighted total or the total column =100*(SUM(D4:F4)/300*0.5+SUM(G4:I4)/30*0.25+SUM(J4:L4)/60*0.25)11/4/2010 18
  19. 19.  Prepare a detailed plan for the course grade book Understand the grade book in your CMS Verify course grades with a spreadsheet program Consider using a flat total point system if weight does not work for your class11/4/2010 19
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