A Tried & True Way to Set Up Your Online Grade Book!

August 24, 2015 Hans Mundahl

Editor’s note: We’re excited to present Episode two of our Back to School series with K–12 Expert, Hans Mundahl, Hans Mundahl & Associates. In this video, Hans shares how creating a combined grading category can help teachers get the most out of Grade Book in onCampus, our learning management system.

I remember the first time I used an online grade book: around October I realized that I hadn’t done a good job setting it up. The problem was I hadn’t thought through the number and kinds of assignments I was going to give my students.

Let’s say you have a category for Reading Quizzes and another for Daily Homework each worth 10% of the overall grade. By October, students have fifteen assignments in the Daily Homework category but you’ve only given one Reading Quiz.

If a student fails one Daily Homework, that’s not such a big deal because there are fourteen other assignments in the category to balance it out.

But if a student fails the one Reading Quiz their overall grade will go down quite a bit!

A good way to get around this problem is by having a combined grading category like Homework & Quizzes and using the assignment weight to make certain assignments worth more within the category.

Of course, some assignments like the final exam will always be worth more… but you, your students, and their parents are all aware of just how important the final exam will be!

Do you have any tips on how you use the Grade Book in onCampus? Let us know by leaving a comment below. We want to hear from you!

Learn more from Hans on September 14th in his upcoming webinar – Building an Online School community: Best Practices from Behind the Password. Register now >


About the Author

Hans Mundahl

I've been an educator since 1995 when I first stepped into the classroom as a Fulbright exchange teacher in the former East Germany. Since then I've been an Outward Bound instructor, a teacher, tutor, admission officer, house head, evening administrator on duty and I ran the experiential learning program at New Hampton School for almost ten years. Today I focus on technology integration centered on values-driven technology integration and 1:1 iPad initiatives. Recently I had the chance to help New Hampton School become an Apple Distinguished School and I co-authored the iBook Teaching with the iPad (available on the iBookstore). Now I'm the founder of a scrappy little company (one employee!) called Hans Mundahl and Associates, inc a digital strategy consultancy for schools and non-profits.

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