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Grading and Discussion FAQs

Gradebook

  • Q: Help, the gradebook columns have dashes making my students' grades higher!

    • Answer: For students who have gradebook items that have not been graded, a dash mark will appear in place of a score. The dash is NOT a zero. A dash indicates that the associated gradebook item will not be included in the calculation of that studentsÔÇÖ final course grade. This may result in a higher grade for the student. To fix this:

      • Click on the "All Grades" link and look for dashes.

      • For students with dashes either:

        • go to the associated tool and enter a zero, or

        • if the gradebook item was manually created click it╩╗s link and enter the zero there.

Discussion Board Management

  • Q: How can I make sure my students respond to the prompts on Discussion Board only when I want them to respond, not earlier or later?
    • Answer: You can set release and closing dates when you establish a topic.