Grades are one of the many aspects of student life that you can manage in FULL FABRIC, so let's take a look into how you can do it. 😃
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Where can I manage the grades of a course?
To manage someone's grades for a course, you must ensure that, aside from the programme having a study plan, your students have transcripts and are registered in the right courses. Once that's taken care of, you can find the grades editor through the academic calendar, clicking the relevant course on the sidebar to open the respective settings menu:
Therein, you'll find two tabs of interest at the very bottom: Grades and Grades setup:
In a few words, Grades is where you enter and publish your students' classifications, and Grades setup is where you design a grading system – which involves defining which methods of assessment are to be employed (for instance, exams, assignments and quizzes, or other criteria such as participation and punctuality) and the appropriate grading scale for each. Below we discuss each tab in detail.
How can I customize a grading scheme for a specific course?
To configure the adequate grading scheme for a course, go to the aforementioned Grades setup tab. By default, it starts out with only the Final grade, but you can add partial grade inputs to represent different forms of evaluation by tapping Add partial, like so:
You'll then be asked to insert a Name of your choice and determine how much that partial should Weight into the final:
As you add one or more partial grades, they'll be listed in the sidebar along with their weights – not just for access, but also to provide a quick overview of the entire structure. There's no limit to the number of partial grades a course can have, but the combined total should be 100%:
Inside a grade, the first thing to define is the Scale type you want, as everything else is dependent on it. Continuous is the default, but you can also pick Discrete and Qualitative:
Continuous — A point-based scoring system able to take on any value along the continuum from zero to 100 or even higher. Decimals are permitted.
Discrete — A numeric metric based on a finite range of possible values solely consisting of whole numbers.
Qualitative — A finite letter or rubric scale. For instance, "Unsatisfactory", “Satisfactory,” “Very Good” and so on.
If you select Continuous, you'll have to set the Minimum and Maximum range values as well as how many Decimal places to display. But if you select Discrete or Qualitative, you'll instead have to define the Range, that is, which options are to be available, separated by a comma and a space. See some examples below:
To delete a partial grade, press DELETE PARTIAL GRADE on the upper right-hand corner:
Regarding the Final grade, it also requires selecting a Scale type and accordingly configuring it. However, the Final grade can never be deleted, only edited.
Entering and publishing grades
Entering and publishing grades is achieved in the tab Grades. By default, it's comprised of four columns: the NAME and EMAIL address of the student, their FINAL GRADE, a PASS / FAIL control and a COMMENTS section for staff and lecturers, in that order. Nevertheless, other columns may appear:
If you previously added partial grades, they'll be positioned between EMAIL and FINAL GRADE;
If on the Details tab you chose Yes to Allow custom transcript course name, a CUSTOM TRANSCRIPT COURSE NAME input will precede COMMENTS;
Lastly, you may also have CALCULATED GRADE, which automatically calculates the students' final grades for you, but only if the partials are all quantitative – in other words, Continuous and/or Discrete. It goes right behind the FINAL GRADE.
The way the Grades register works is straightforward. For the first part, which is entering the grades, you manually type them in, tap PASS or FAIL as befitting, and then have the option to write in a CUSTOM TRANSCRIPT COURSE NAME or leave any COMMENTS (only visible to staff and lecturers). In addition, whenever a student retakes an exam or resubmits an assignment, you may insert a resit grade by hovering over the relevant row and pressing the + button, whereby a second text box will turn up:
When you enter a resit, the math on the resulting CALCULATED GRADE is based on the highest graded attempts, meaning that the lowest scores are not factored in. To remove a resit, just delete the content of the field and tap outside, after which the field will disappear.
By the way, you can use hotkeys to reduce mouse clicks and speed up your work, as they allow you to move between grade inputs with your keyboard:
[Shift ⇧] + [Tab ↹]
Lets you move forward to the next field or button. When you reach the end of the row, it'll then take you to the first field of the row below.
This combination lets you move backwards to the previous field or button. When you reach the start of the row, you'll be taken to the last field of the row above.
Up [↑] & Down [↓] arrow keys
A versatile key! If you're on a button, press [Enter ↵] to select and again deselect. Similarly, if you're on a drop down field, press [Enter ↵] to select the highlighted option and collapse the list.
Alternatively, if you're not on a button field, you can use the [Enter ↵] key to move down the same column.
Use the [↑] and [↓] keys on a drop down field to open the list, and then again to move the selector through the list.
Carrying on, what you next need to do to actually publish a group of grades or even all of them, is open the GRADES PUBLISHER at the top right-hand corner and select the grades in question as instructed below:
As you tick one or multiple boxes, a green cloud will appear on the left as a confirmation that the corresponding grade will be published, accompanied by a legend at the bottom of the screen:
Then, upon completion of the selection, press SAVE CHANGES.
Unpublishing a grade is similar: you reopen the editor via the GRADES PUBLISHER button, untick the boxes belonging to the target published grades (identifiable by a grey cloud, presently transitioning to a red one, as demonstrated in the legend), and tap SAVE CHANGES again.
COMMENTS are published and unpublished together with the FINAL GRADE, but remain internal. Students cannot see them anywhere, as it's a supporting field for the exclusive use of school personnel and the professoriate.
Where are grades published to?
Grades are published into the students' transcripts, both on the backoffice side and on the student side. Consequently, you should only publish a grade once you want to make it official, as your students will be able to see their published grades:
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PUBLISHED: April 21, 2021
LAST UPDATED: July 13, 2021 at 5:02 p.m.