A gradebook category is like a folder for graded items. A category allows you to group together items for the purposes of weighting, dropping the lowest or simply organizing your gradebook.
Note: Categories cannot be graded by themselves. A category is a group of grade items. If you want to manually create an item in the gradebook, add a grade item instead.
- From the course page, in the left side drawer, select Grades.
- At the top of the gradebook, select the Setup tab.
- At the bottom, select the Add category button.
Note: In the following steps, there are advanced settings that may be used if desired. However for most users, we recommend only changing the Category name. All other settings should be left at their default setting.
- In the Category name field, enter a name for the category. This name will appear in the gradebook for students to see.
- Select the Save changes button.
For advanced users, below is a table with descriptions of some of the advanced settings available when creating a category.
|Category name||The name of the category|
|Aggregation||How items will be calculated in the gradebook.
|Exclude empty grades||Exclude any grades that are empty from the total for this category. Unchecking this box will treat empty items as zeros.|
|Keep the highest||Keep the highest number of grades for this category and drop the rest.|
|Drop the lowest||Drop the lowest number of grades for this category and keep the rest.|
|Grade display type||How the grade for this category is displayed.
|Hidden||Whether the category total is hidden from students|
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