Create Gradebook Category

Create gradebook categories to organize different types of items such as quizzes, discussions, or assignments.

  1. From the navbar, click Grades, and then click Manage Grades from across the top.
  2. Click the blue New button, and then select Category.
  3. In the Name field, enter a name for your category. 
  4. (Optional) In the Short Name field, enter a short name that displays in the gradebook (students will never see the short name).
  5. (Optional) Click the Show Description link to add a description for the category.
    Shows the create a gradebook category General area.
  6. For a Weighted Gradebook:
    • In the Weight field, enter the weight (%) the category will contribute to the final grade. Grade items in the category contribute toward this weight.
    • Select the Allow category grade to exceed category weight option to allow students' grades for the category to exceed 100%.
    • Select the grading distribution for the category.  
      Create a gradebook category Grading area.
  7. For a Points Gradebook:
    • Select the Can Exceed check box to allow students' grades for the category to exceed the maximum number of points available in the category.
    • Select the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation  check box in order to exclude the category from being calculated in the final grade.
    • Select the Distribute points across all items checkbox if you want all the items in a category to have the same number of points.
      Shows Grading area.
  8. For either type of gradebook, select the display options for the category.
    Create a gradebook category Display Options area.
  9. Select the Restrictions tab, and then select if the category will be visible for only a certain time frame.
    Create a gradebook category Restrictions tab, General area.
    NOTE: If you select the Hide this category option, none of your students will be able to see that grade item, even if it has been released.
  10. Click the Show Release Conditions link to attach release conditions to the category.
    Release conditions, gradebook category
  11. Click the blue Save and Close button.

Moving Grade Items to the New Category

  1. From the Manage Grades view, select the check boxes next to the grade item names, and then click the Bulk Edit icon.
    Bulk edit icon in the grade book category option
  2. Scroll to the Category heading.
  3. Use the drop-down list to select the category for the grade item.
    Selecting a category from the drop-down list, gradebook category
  4. Click the blue Save button. The grade items now display in the assigned category.