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Setting Up Gradebook

When setting up a course, it's a good idea to start by setting up the Gradebook. Converge allows for a wide variety of ways to setup Gradebook, but for the sake of simplicity, this article covers the three most common methods:

  1. Points
  2. Percentage
  3. Chronological Points

(Also see Grade Items at the bottom)

Have your syllabus with list of assignments handy as you setup your gradebook.

 

Points

Setting up gradebook using this method assumes you have course activities (assignments, quizzes, reports, etc.) worth a specific number of points. All of the points add up to a total score of 100 for the whole class.

  • To access the Gradebook, start at course homepage. Click on the Grades link under the Administration menu. 

 

 

  • The Grader report will be displayed. Click on the setup tab and categories and items tab.

 

 

 

  • Refer to your syllabus for different categories of activities you will have your students complete. Here is an example:

  • Start with the first category. In this case, the first category is "Research Papers." In Converge, click the "Add category" button at the bottom. Enter the Category name and the Maximum grade, according to your syllabus. Then click Save changes at the bottom.

  • Repeat for all of your categories. When you have finished creating your categories, they will be displayed like this:

 

  • Return to the course main page by clicking on the name of your course at the top of the screen.
  • Create an activity such as an Assignment or Quiz according to your syllabus.
  • In the editing screen for your activity, under the Grade section, set the Grade and Grade Category according to your syllabus. In this case, the Paper 1 assignment is worth 20 points, and is in the "Research Papers" category.

  • The activity will automatically be added to your Gradebook. Repeat for all activities. When all activities have been created, the Gradebook will match your syllabus.

 


 

Percentage

Setting up gradebook using this method assumes you grade each activity on a percentage basis. The different types of activities are categorized, the different categories have a certain value which add up to a total percentage for the whole class. An example of using this method may look like this:

  • Setting up Gradebook for this method is very similar to the first method above. Follow the same steps until you are creating activities.
  • In the editing screen for your activity, under the Grade section, set the Grade and Grade Category according to your syllabus. In this case, the Paper 1 assignment is set to 100 points, and is in the Research Papers category.
  • The activity will automatically be added to your Gradebook. Repeat for all activities. When all activities have been created, the Gradebook will match your syllabus.

 


 

Chronological, total points other than 100

Setting up gradebook using this method assumes you prefer to have all of your assignments listed chronologically, not in categories. This method also assumes each activity is given a specific point value, but the total does not add up to 100. An  example using this method may look like this:

  • From the course homepage, begin by creating an activity. In the editing screen for your activity, under the Grade section, set the Grade according to your syllabus, but do not select a category. Create subsequent assignments in order of due date.
  • The activity will automatically be added to your Gradebook. Repeat for all activities. When all activities have been created, the Gradebook will match your syllabus.

 


 

Grade Items

If you wish to have activities that students don't submit through Converge (paper submissions, physical activities, etc.), you may use Grade Items to record grades. Follow one of the methods above, but instead of creating the activity from the course homepage, remain on the Categories and Items screen. Then:

  • Click on Add grade item a the bottom

 

  • Give the activity a name and a maximum possible grade. Then click Save Changes at the bottom.

  • The activity will appear in the main gradebook page like any other activity. On the Categories and Items page, it will appear with a Manual Item icon next to it.