Using the Gradebook Features in Digication

Digication’s Gradebook feature works in tandem with Course Discussions, allowing Faculty to assign graded Discussion topics within their course.  Once a student responds to the Discussion topic, the faculty member can easily view their response and then assign a letter or numerical grade, which is automatically recorded in the course gradebook.

This article will walk you through the process of creating gradable discussions and using the gradebook features.  It is divided into the following sections:

Creating a Gradable Discussion
Viewing and Grading Student Replies
Accessing and Using the Gradebook within a Course
Docking Columns on the Left
Modifying Your Grade Settings

Creating a Gradable Discussion

To use the gradebook feature, first create a gradable discussion.  This can either be done when the discussion is first created by clicking the Choose Categories button:


Or by accessing the settings for an existing discussion:

In either case, you will scroll down to “Who can reply to this,” and Check off Yes, this is gradable, add to gradebook (1). Once you've selected to make the assignment be gradable, you'll then need to specify whether students should be able to view their own grades (2), and what the maximum points and relative weight for the assignment are (3). Then, Save (4) the discussion




Viewing and Grading Student Replies

Viewing student posts and grading them is super easy in Digication. Simply go to your course and go through the following steps:

Navigate to the graded discussion and click on the student reply you'd like to view

After reading the student's reply, simply enter a grade in the small box underneath the time stamp before clicking on the 'Save' button

And that's it! Once the "Save" button is clicked, the assignment will appear in the gradebook. Grades also can be changed by returning to the student reply and entering a new grade before saving again.

Accessing and Using the Gradebook within a Course

Go to the 'Settings' tab within your course

Scroll down towards the bottom of the page and select 'Gradebook'

You may find that the page you arrive on is blank.  If that is the case, you will need to enable Flash in your browser.  For assistance in doing so, please see the following article: Enabling Flash for Digication

When Flash is enabled, you will see the following screen:


Once you're in the gradebook you'll see the following items are available to view and edit:

  1. The grades you've input already will be editable by within the cell and changing the value before clicking on the "Save" button. New grades can also be entered directly into the gradebook in this way.
  2. Grade information will display in the "Grade" window for each student when clicking within a grade cell.
  3. "Assignment Details" allows for faculty to change the maximum points for the assignment as well as their relative weight.
  4. The "Update" button saves any and all changes made to the assignment details.
  5. A "Notes" field allows for faculty to add specific notes to each grade for record keeping.
  6. "Calculate Average By" under "View Settings" allows faculty to change how averages display within the grade book; by percentage or by letter.
  7. "Average from" under "View Settings" allows faculty to specify whether the calculated average is taken from all assignments or only those that have been graded.

Docking Columns on Left 

There are two types of columns in the Gradebook – the docked columns on the left, which are indicated by a darker background color, and the non-docked columns on the right. Docked columns do not scroll horizontally in order for you to be able to see them alongside the non-docked columns. For example, the student names are docked so that you can see which student you are grading.

You can dock a column by dragging into the docked area at left. If none of your columns are docked, dragging a column into the first position will cause it to dock. To undock a column, simply drag it out of the docked area.


Modifying Your Grade Settings

The grade settings in your system may not reflect those used at your school. These settings determine the conversion from number to letter grades in the gradebook.  To edit them, click the Grade Settings link (1) from the menu on the left. You will only see the Grade Settings link if Grades are enabled in your course. 


On the Grade Settings page, you will find a table which defines the number grades corresponding to each letter grade.  To make changes, click the Edit button (2).


Each course can have its own grade settings. Faculty can define the mapping criteria between letter grades and percentage. The numbers in the boxes below signify the minimum percentage needed to achieve the respective grade. If you see grades such as "A+" that you do not wish to use in your course, simply leave the grade box blank. Be sure to hit Save (3) when you are done.



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