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Link Assignment to the Gradebook

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In Assignments, instructors have two options for creating an initial relationship between an assignment and a Gradebook item:

  • Select Add Assignment to Gradebook.
  • Select Associate with existing Gradebook assignment.

In general, choosing Add Assignment to Gradebook is the simplest option because you can enter and edit assignment grades in one place (in the Assignments tool), and they will display both there and in the Gradebook. The recommendation is based on the following issues regarding the relationship between the Assignments and Gradebook tools:

[edit] Using the Add Assignment to Gradebook option

Consider the following:

  • You must use the Assignments tool when you want to edit the point value and due date of an assignment. Also, you must grade assignments in the Assignments tool.
  • The settings Gradebook retains for this item are Release this item to Students, Include this item in course grade calculations, and Category (if you've created categories).
  • A grade you assign for an individual assignment through the Assignments tool cannot be overridden in the Gradebook.
  • Grades you assign for an individual assignment do not display in the Gradebook (even for the instructor) until you release the grades or return a grade to a student from the Assignments tool. In the Gradebook, assignment grades will not show up for students if you have not selected (in the Gradebook) the Release this item to Students setting.
  • It may be confusing that, after starting with Add Assignment to Gradebook, you have to use the default Associate with existing Gradebook assignment setting upon further editing in the Assignments tool.

Note: The limitations of using this option are that you can't use the Gradebook to override an assignment grade, and you must make any changes to settings, as well as any grade changes, in the Assignments tool.

[edit] Using the Associate with existing Gradebook assignment option

Consider the following:

  • You must change the point value and due date settings in both the Assignments and Gradebook tool (i.e., you must manually synchronize them).
  • Grades you assign in the Assignments tool do not display in the Gradebook (even for the instructor) until you release the grades or return a grade to a student from the Assignments tool. In the Gradebook, assignment grades will not show up for students if you have not selected (in the Gradebook) Release this item to Students.
  • A grade you assign for an individual assignment through the Assignments tool can be overridden in the Gradebook. However, the change will not be reflected in the Assignments tool.
  • If you click Release Grades in the Assignments tool, any grades you have changed in the Gradebook tool will be overridden by those in the Assignments tool.

Note: The biggest disadvantage of using this option is that if you want to edit settings, you must make the changes in both the Assignments and Gradebook tool. The advantage is that you can use the Gradebook to override an assignment grade, though the change won't be reflected in the Assignments tool.

[edit] Additional issues

When you import assignments and Gradebook items from another site, the items in the Gradebook that you created with the Add Assignment to Gradebook option won't appear in the Gradebook. You will have to use the Assignments tool to add them again.

For imported assignments that you created using the Associate with existing Gradebook assignment option, you will have to use the Assignments tool to re-associate them with the appropriate Gradebook items.


Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai project help article.

The Sakai Educational Community License is deemed to be compatible with this sites Project:Copyrights which are under the Creative Commons 2.5 Licence. You can view the original Sakai help documentation, unedited, at http://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/help/

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