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Midterm Grade Column

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Total
75 pts Project
45 pts Tests
30 pts Particip.
150 pts
Weighted Total
50% Project
30% Tests
20% Particip.
100%

Calculating Midterm Grades can be tricky--especially if you are using weighted totals. Progress through the course material tends to vary from semester to semester--causing fluctuations in the columns used for Midterm calculations. This tutorial walks you through how to generate a Midterm column in BbLearn at the time Midterm Grades are due. Select one of the two options below:


Note: Because there is no automated way to copy grades from BbLearn into VandalWeb, remember to Post your Midterm grades to VandalWeb.

Midterm Grades using Total Points

Create a new Total Column to display the Midterm Score. (This reserves the existing Total Column for the end of the semester grade.)

  • From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center
  • Click on Full Grade Center
  • Hover over Create Calculated Column
  • Select Total Column
  • Enter a Column name (e.g. Midterm Grades)
  • Set the Primary display to show your students the Midterm Grade as a percentage or a letter grade. (See Letter Grade Schema for more information.)
  • Set the Secondary display to score or percentage to help you verify that the Midterm Grade is being calculated correctly. The Secondary display is ONLY DISPLAYED TO YOU, never to your students.
  • Check Selected Columns and Categories under Select Columns
  • Highlight each Column to be included in the midterm percentage and press the corresponding arrow to its right to move it into the area titled Selected Columns. When calculating the Midterm grade using Total Points, we recommend that you select individual columns rather than categories so that you are able to select just the columns that will have been completed by Midterms.
  • Select "Yes" to Calculate as Running Total which exempts gradable columns with no score. Select "No" to include ALL gradable columns--forcing 0's for no scores. If you select "Yes", you must manually enter zeros for any missed assessments included in the Midterm Grade calculation.
  • Press Submit to save your settings
  • TIP: To test the Midterm Grades column calculation, manually insert scores into the columns for your Student Preview and then verify the resulting score is correct.

NOTE: Grading Period can be used in a total points grading scheme. Some faculty like to use the Grading Period feature to quickly designate which columns to include in the midterm grade. For help with setting up a Grading Period, follow the weighted total midterm grading steps below:

  1. Create Grading Period
  2. Assign Specific Columns to Grading Period

Midterm Grades - Weighted Totals

Before proceeding with the steps below, make sure that any grade columns belonging to a group (e.g. 10 Assignments equal 30% of the total grade) have been assigned to a Category. Learn more about organizing grade columns into Categories.


Generating a Weighted Midterm Grade involves three steps:

  1. Create Grading Period
    A grading period allows you to easily EXCLUDE non-midterm columns in the calculation even though you may be using Categories in your Weighted Total.
  2. Assign Specific Columns to Grading Period
  3. Create a Weighted Total Column
    Create a new Weighted Total column to display the Midterm Percentage. This allows you to reserve the existing Weighted Total Column as the end-of-the-semester grade.

STEP 1: Create Grading Period

  • In the Control Panel, expand Grade Center
  • Click on Full Grade Center
  • Select Manage
  • Select Grading Periods
  • Click on Create Grading Period
  • Enter a Name (e.g., Midterm)
  • Press Submit
  • Press OK in the lower right corner

STEP 2: Assign columns to Grading Period

Assign the Midterm Grading Period to each column which should be included in the Midterm Grade.

  • From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center
  • Select the Full Grade Center
  • Click on Manage
  • Select Column Organization
  • Check the boxes next to the column names that you want to include in the Midterm calculation
  • Under the menu button Change Grading Period to, select Midterm
  • Press Submit to save your changes

STEP 3: Create Weighted Column

Create a new Weighted Column to display the calculated Midterm. (Creating a new column preserves the existing Weighted Total Column so that it can display the final percentage at the end of the semester.)

  • From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center
  • Click on Full Grade Center
  • Hover over Create Calculated Column
  • Select Weighted Column
  • Enter the Column Name (e.g. Midterm Percentage)
  • Set the Primary display type to Percentage
  • Optionally you can select a Secondary display which will display just to you.
    Note: Primary is displayed to you and your Students. Secondary is displayed only to you.
  • Under Select Columns, select each of the categories to include in the Midterm Percentage and press the right facing arrow to select them. Also select individual columns not assigned to categories that should be included in the Midterm grade.
  • Specify the Grading Period for each category. This allows you to exclude non-midterm columns in the calculation.
  • Specify the "Weight" or Percentage to assign each category so that the category percentages add up to 100%.
  • If you plan to drop 1 or more of the lowest scores for any category, please keep in mind that categories usually contain fewer scores at midterms and you should adjust this number accordingly.
  • Select "Yes" to Calculate as a Running Total -- "Yes" is required if any of the categories used in the calculation do not yet have recorded scores.
  • Because "Yes" exempts gradable columns with no score, you must manually enter zeros for any missed assessments included in the Midterm Grade calculation.
  • Press Submit to save your settings
  • TIP: To test the Midterm Percentage calculation, manually insert scores into the columns for your Student Preview and then verify that the resulting percentage is correct.

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