About the Grade Center
Each HuskyCT site that is created has a Grade Center. Only those enrolled on the site in the role of “Student” will be listed in the Grade Center.
The Grade Center is accessed from the Control Panel under “Course Management”. Click on “Grade Center” and then “Full Grade Center”.
The columns created by default include Last Name, First Name, Username (NetID), Student ID (PeopleSoft ID), Last Access, Availability, Weighted Total and Total. Instructors often choose to hide the Student ID and the Availability columns.
If it is not going to be used, the Weighted Total column can be deleted. The Total column, however, is an “External Grade” column as indicated by the green check mark. This cannot be deleted but it can be “disabled”. This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as this column is set up to start adding all values in the Grade Center and display that to the students. This has resulted in many problems for instructors. Please see the help file at the right for disabling the default Total column.
Creating additional columns for manual data entry
Instructors can create additional columns in the Grade Center and use these to record grades from in class exams or quizzes, for papers handed in, homework grades, participation grades, etc.
Creating columns which perform calculations
Calculated columns can be created which compute the sum or average of the scores in group of columns, apply weightings to grades and add them together, or to identify a maximum or minimum value. It is also possible to drop 1 or more of the lowest grades from a set before the calculation is made. This is accomplished by selecting a “Category” of columns when choosing columns to include in the calculation.
Columns created automatically by graded activities in HuskyCT
When an instructor creates an online Test, Assignment, or SafeAssignment in HuskyCT, a column is created automatically for the grades generated by those activities. The same is true for graded Discussion Forums, Blogs, Journals, and Wikis. Therefore, columns should not be created manually for inputting the grades for these activities. This will result in duplicate columns and considerable confusion for both instructor and students.
Allowing students to view their grades from the Grade Center
Instructors can release grade column information to students which they view using the “My Grades” tool. Each student will only see their grade from a column that has been set to “Show to users”.
- Not knowing the difference between “Hide” column and “Hide from users”
- Not disabling the default “External Grade” Total column
- Needing to change browsers to manually enter grades
- Not knowing that Upload and Download options are under “Work Offline”
- No scroll bar appearing for Mac users
- Not knowing how to upload grades into existing columns
Associated Help Files
Disable the Default Total Column (video)