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Total Column

Contents

  1. Create Total column (Optional)
  2. Setup Total column
  3. Choose Columns to Include (Optional)
Total
  75 pts Project 
  45 pts Tests
  30 pts Particip.
  150 pts
Weighted Total
  50% Project
  30% Tests
  20% Particip.
  100%

The Total column is a type of calculated column that generates a grade based on the cumulative points earned out of the total points possible. When creating a Total column, you may display points, percent, or letter grades. A Total column is automatically included in all new courses. You can rename it, change its settings, and change which columns and categories it sums.

Create Total Column (Optional)

A Total column is automatically included in every course. However, if you need more than one Total column, you may add additional Total columns by following the steps below. If you don't need another Total column, skip to "Setup Total column".

  • From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center.
  • Click on Full Grade Center.
  • Hover over Create Calculated Column and select Total Column.
  • Enter a Column name for the new Total column.
  • Press Submit.

Setup Total Column

  • From the Control Panel, click on Grade Center.
  • Click on Full Grade Center.
  • Click the Option icon that appears to the right of Total column
  • Select Edit Column Information.
    TIP:
    If you do not see the column you wish to setup, it may be hidden from Instructors. You will need to Show the column to the Instructor before continuing.
  • Modify the Column name, if needed.
  • Set the Primary display to show your students the total as a score, a percentage, or a letter grade.
  • (Optional) Set the Secondary display to score, a percentage, or a letter grade.
    The Secondary display is ONLY DISPLAYED TO YOU, never to your students.
  • The default setting for the Total column is to add up all columns included in Grade Center Calculations. You may change this to select the columns and categories you wish to include.
  • Calculate as Running Total:
    • Selecting "Yes" exempts gradable columns with no score. With this option, you must manually record a zero for a student anytime they earn a zero for an assessment.
    • Selecting "No" includes ALL gradable columns--forcing 0's for the scores automatically.
  • (Optional) Letter Grade Schemas information.
  • Press Submit to save your settings.
  • BbLearn will display a success message indicating your settings have been saved.
Note: If you are using Group Assessments in your course, you may click on a student's cell total (circled in red below) to see the total possible points for an individual student.

Choose Columns to Include

The default setting for the Total column is to add up all columns included in Grade Center Calculations. However, you may choose to narrow the list of columns and categories added in the Total column by selecting them individually.

  • Under Select Columns, check the Selected Columns and Categories option.
  • Highlight a Column or Category to be included in this total and press the corresponding arrow to its right so that it is moved into the area titled Selected Columns.
  • If you added a Category, you may choose to Drop the Lowest Grade or Grades in that Category as shown below.
  • TIP: To test the Total column calculation, manually insert scores into assessment columns for your Preview Student and then verify the resulting score is correct.

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