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About Gradebook

What is the Gradebook?

The Gradebook is more than just a way to record students' grades. It's a dynamic and interactive tool that allows you to record data, calculate grades, and monitor student progress. You can generate reports to communicate information to parents, administrators, and other stakeholders.

In the Gradebook, you can provide and manage your students' grades for assignments, tests, discussion posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. You can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements you want to grade, such as special projects, participation, or attendance.

More on using Gradebook for moderators


Set the Gradebook as default

Steps: Administration > Site administration > Grades

The site administrator can set the Gradebook to be the default report for instructors.

  1. From Site administration select Grades and General settings.
  2. On the General settings page, select Gradebook from the Teacher profile report list.
  3. Select Save changes.
  4. From Site administration select Grades, Report settings, and Joule gradebook.
  5. Set your gradebook options on the Gradebook page:
    • Type the number of Students per page to display on the Gradebook.
    • Select Show only active enrollments to only display active, enrolled users in the Gradebook. Clear to view any inactive users.
    • Determine if cells with no grades are included when calculating the average (mean) for each category or grade item. Select Non-empty grades from the Grades selected for column averages list to not include empty grades.

      The Enable AJAX, Show Calculations, Show show/hide icons, and Show Locks options are defined in the config.php and can only be viewed, not changed on this page.

    • Select Show column averages to include an additional row displaying the average (mean) for each category and grade item in the Gradebook.
    • Select Show ranges to include an additional row displaying the range for each category and grade item in the Gradebook.
    • Select Show user profile images to include the user's profile image next to the name in the Gradebook.
    • Select Show number of grades in averages to include the number of grades used when calculating the average (mean). The information is displayed in brackets after each average.
    • Select the Column averages display type for the average.

      Options include Real grades, Percentages, Letters, and Inherit, which display the type set for the category or grade item.

    • Select the Range display type for the grade range.

      Options include Real grades, Percentages, Letters, and Inherit, which display the type set for the category or grade item.

    • ​Select the number of decimal points to display for each average in the Decimals in column averages list. You can also select Inherit to set the decimal based on the category or grade item is used.
    • Select the number of decimal points to display for the grade range in the Decimals show in ranges list. You can also select Inherit to set the decimal based on the category or grade item is used.
    • Determine whether the category and course total columns are displayed first or last in the gradebook reports from the Aggregation position list.
  6. Select Save changes when finished.