The Grade Center functions as an online spreadsheet where each row contains the name of one of your students and each column represents an item such as an assignment, test, or calculated grade. For an overview of the basic Grade Center features see myLesley Grade Center and Grading


Please note that all final term/semester grades must be entered in LOIS. For information on using LOIS, please see Lois How-To for Faculty Issues with LOIS should be sent to the Registrar's Office


Topics in this article include:

Anonymous and Delegated Grading

Rubrics

Viewing Grade Details

Clearing a Student's Assignment Attempt or Allowing an Additional Assignment Attempt

Overriding Grades

Calculated Grading Columns

Total Column

Weighted Total Column

Working Offline with the Grade Center

Grade Center Reports and Statistics



Anonymous and Delegated Grading


Anonymous Grading

Anonymous grading allows instructors to grade without bias by hiding student names from submissions. You may enable anonymous grading when creating an assignment. For instructions on creating an assignment, see Creating and Managing myLesley Assignments.


When creating an assignment, scroll down to Grading Options and select Enable Anonymous Grading. You may choose whether to disable anonymous grading after a certain date or once all submissions are graded.



Once you begin grading the assignment you will notice that the students appear anonymous.



For more information see Anonymous Grading.



Delegated Grading

Delegated grading allows you to divide up grading tasks among specific users in your course (such as another instructor, teaching assistant, or course assistant). These users may provide provisional grades, which you may then review to determine a final grade. You may enable delegated grading when creating an assignment. For instructions on creating an assignment, see Creating and Managing myLesley Assignments.

 

When creating an assignment, scroll down to Grading Options and select Enable Delegated Grading. You may decide whether to provide access for each grader to review all submissions, a random set, or groups. You may also decide whether or not each grader has the ability to view other graders' scores, feedback, and notes.




For more information see Delegated Grading. For best practices and examples of delegated grading, see Delegated Grading Examples.



For more information on Anonymous and Delegated Grading, view the tutorial video below.



Rubrics

Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the  requirements of an assignment, and you can use them to explain  evaluations to students. Rubrics can help ensure consistent and impartial grading. See Rubrics for more information on creating, editing, and associating rubrics.



Viewing Grade Details

Grade Details displays the student's grade information including each attempt at completing the assignment. Here you may view, grade and provide feedback to the student, as well as view the students' attempts and grade history. 


To access the Grade Details, go to the Full Grade Center.


Locate your student's submission in the Grade Center spreadsheet.


Hover your mouse over the submission until the chevron appears.


Click the chevron to open a menu. Select View Grade Details.


You will be brought into the Grade Details area. Here, you may grade, clear, exempt, or ignore an attempt, allow an additional attempt, override a grade, view the grade column details, and view the grade history.


See View Grade Details for more information or watch the tutorial below.


Clearing a Student's Assignment Attempt or Allowing an Additional Assignment Attempt

By default, Assignments are set to only allow one attempt per student. In some cases, you may need to clear a student's attempt or allow a student to submit an additional attempt. See Clearing a Student's Assignment Attempt or Allowing an Additional Assignment Attempt for more information and detailed instructions.



Overriding Grades

At times you may need to change a grade for a student's submission. See Override Grades for more information. 



Calculated Grading Columns

You can create calculated grade columns to attain performance results such as weighted grades, class average, and total points. By default the system creates two calculated columns that appear in your Grade Center: Total and Weighted Total.


Total Column

The Total column generates a grade based on the cumulative points earned, related to the points allowed. You can select which columns and categories are included in the calculation. By default, the Total column includes all columns in the Grade Center.


By default, the Total column should already appear in your Grade Center. To create a new Total column, go to your course Control Panel, select Grade Center and select Full Grade Center


This will bring you to the Full Grade Center. At the top of the page, select Create Calculated Column.


This will open a drop-down menu. Select Total Column.


This will bring you to the Edit Total Column area.


Enter a name for your column and (optional) Grade Center name and description.


Select how you wish to have the grades displayed to you and the students (score, text, percentage, letter, complete/incomplete).


Select whether to include all Grade Center columns in the Total calculation or select specific columns and categories.  


Select the options for the Total column, including whether the column is visible to students.


Click Submit to save your changes. 


You may also edit an existing Total Column, including the name, display of grades, included columns, and options, at any time. To do so, go to your Full Grade Center and select the Total Column. Click the chevron to open a menu.


Select Edit Column Information.


This will bring you into the Edit Total Column area where you may edit the column information.


See Create Total Columns for more information.



Weighted Total Column

The Weighted Total column generates a grade based on the result of selected columns and categories and the percentage assigned to each. By default, the Weighted Total column appears in your Grade Center but displays no results until you select the columns and categories to include in the calculation. 


By default, the Weighted Total column should already appear in your Grade Center. To create a new Weighted Total column, go to your course Control Panel, select Grade Center and select Full Grade Center


This will bring you to the Full Grade Center. At the top of the page, select Create Calculated Column.


This will open a drop-down menu. Select Weighted Column.


This will bring you to the Edit Weighted Column area.


Enter a name for your column and (optional) Grade Center name and description.


Select how you wish to have the grades displayed to you and the students (score, text, percentage, letter, complete/incomplete).


Select the items to include in your weighted grade. You may select individual columns, categories, or a combination. For more information on creating categories and associating them to grade columns, see Grade Categories.


For each column or category you select, assign a percentage of the total grade. You may also select whether to weight columns equally or proportionally, drop grades, or use the highest/lowest value to calculate. Your total weight should equal 100%.


Select the options for the Total column, including whether the column is visible to students.


Click Submit to save your changes. 


You may also edit an existing Weighted Column, including the name, display of grades, included columns, and options, at any time. To do so, go to your Full Grade Center and select the Weighted Total Column. Click the chevron to open a menu.


Select Edit Column Information.


This will bring you into the Edit Weighted Column area where you may edit the column information, add/remove columns and categories from the calculation, etc.


See Create Weighted Columns for more information.



Working Offline with the Grade Center

Offline grading allows you to grade at your convenience, without needing to be online. You may upload grades from an external file (such as an Excel spreadsheet or csv file) or download your Grade Center grades to work offline. 


To download your Grade Center in order to grade offline, go to the Full Grade Center and click the Work Offline button at the top of the page.






Select Download.


This will bring you to the Download Grades area. You may decide to download the Full Grade center or only specific columns. You may also choose the delimiter type (either type is compatible with Excel) and whether to include hidden information. 



Once you have finished, click Submit at the top or bottom or the page to download your file.


Your file will be ready for download. Click Download to download your file and grade offline.


Once you have graded using Excel or another spreadsheet tool, you may upload your file back to the Grade Center. 


Go to the Full Grade Center and click the Work Offline button at the top of the page.


Select Upload.


Click Browse my Computeto locate your file and upload. 


Click Submit at the top or bottom of the page to upload your file. 


You will see a confirmation page showing the matching columns. Click Submit to continue and upload your spreadsheet.


For more information, see Work Offline with Grade Data or watch the tutorial video below.

 


Grade Center Reports and Statistics

You can create printable reports from the Grade Center including progress reports from a particular grading period or for a specific set of students. You may also view statistical information related to any column or any user. See Grade Reports and Statistics or watch the Creating a Grade Report tutorial.