Weighting Grades for a Course

Weighting by Category

1. Click the Evaluation section of the Control Panel menu, then select Grade Center on the expanded menu.

Evaluation menu expanded

2. Next, establish categories for weighting. To create categories, click the Manage button on the Grade Center toolbar, then select Categories from the drop-menu.

Manage menu

3. By default, there may be some categories listed, such as Test or Assignment. Click the Create Category button to add new categories, as needed.

Create category button

4. Provide a name for the new category. The description is optional, but can help differentiate categories and explain a category’s purpose. Click Submit to finalize creation. After all categories have been created, return to the Grade Center.

5. Next, associate individual columns to categories. To do so, click the options button at the top of a Grade Center column, then choose Edit Column Information on the drop-menu.

Edit Column Information

6. Change the Category drop-menu to the appropriate category for the column. Once set, click Submit to return to the Grade Center. Repeat for all columns to be included in weighting.

Category drop-menu

Once all categories have been created, with all columns associated, create or modify the Weighted Total Column.

7. If no Weighted Total column is listed, click the Create Calculated Column button, then select Weighted Column on the drop-menu.

Add weighted column

If a Weighted Total column already exists, click the options button for the column, then select Edit Column Information from the drop-menu.

8. Assign the column name, then set the display options. By default, the column will display a percentage grade. Once set, scroll down to the Select Columns section to designate weighted columns and their values.

9. Click to highlight a category, then click the arrow to move the category into the calculation table.

Categories to Select heading

10. Once the category is selected, choose the appropriate weight percentage. This percentage will be divided among all columns associated with the category. The weight can be divided equally or proportionally, according to column point values.

To drop the lowest or highest grades within the category, enter the number or low or high grades to drop. To weight all columns with no scores dropped, leave these boxes empty.

Selected category options

Repeat these steps for all categories, making certain that the total weight of all selected categories equals 100%.

11. Set the Running Total preference. A running total only includes items that have grades or attempts. Selecting No includes all items in the calculations, using a value of 0 for an item if there is no grade or attempt.

12. Once all options have been set, click the Submit button to save changes and return to the Grade Center.

Weighting by Column

1. Create or modify an existing Weighted Total column.

2. On the Edit Weighted Total column page, scroll down to the Select Columns section.

3. Highlight a column, then click the arrow to move the column into the calculation table.

Select column for weighting

4. Assign a weight percentage for the item. Repeat for all columns to include in weighted calculations, making certain that the total weight of all columns adds up to 100%.

5. Establish running total preferences and column options. Click Submit to return to the Grade Center.