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The Grades tool in eClass (or _Gradebook)_ allows you to manage and organize a collection of grades in eClass. Items that have been assessed using an eClass activity will be automatically added to the gradebook (for example if you add an Assignment activi...
ExamLock is a University of Alberta application that instructors may use to promote academic integrity during eClass exams. The tool is available in IST managed computer labs and IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ONTO STUDENT'S MAC OS X AND WINDOWS MACHINES BELOW...
This article is for students who encounter issues when attempting to validate their device or laptop for ExamLock exams [https://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/376/10/taking-quizzes-using-examlock]. If the steps below do ...
ExamLock is a quiz integrity application developed by the IST eClass team. The tool can be installed on Mac and Windows computers and limits students to a quiz interface while an exam is being completed and will block them from using a number of other app...
You can use eClass to prepare a spreadsheet that can be imported directly into Bear Tracks as a part of the new electronic grade submission process. To use this capability, you must be the instructor or TA of a credit section on eClass. To perform a Bear...
eClass has several options for calculating the course total for your students. These options are specified through your gradebook AGGREGATION METHOD and allow you to give items different weights in the overall course total. If your course requires extreme...
In eClass, there are two ways in which an Instructor or TA can assign grades and feedback to a student’s assignment submission: (1) through the Assignment itself via the 'View all submissions' table or online 'Grade' area; or (2) through the Gradebook Gra...
If you choose to set or display letter grades in eClass, it is important to review the default grade boundaries to ensure that the system assigns the appropriate letter grade for each range of marks that you assign. Letter grades are also THE REQUIRED OUT...
Embedded Answers (Cloze) is a way of designing multiple choice, short answers and numerical answers within a passage of text. They are useful when you want to have a single question have multiple sub-parts and when it makes better sense to have answer box...
If your students have completed an offline activity (such as a midterm or final examination) and their grades have been published or recorded in a spreadsheet, it is possible to import these grades into eClass to publish them to students. Once uploaded, ...
Although most question types will be graded automatically, some work may need to be done to GRADE ESSAY QUESTIONS [https://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/112/0/quizzes---grading-quizzes] or repair issue with questions and...
For students who require special conditions for taking a quiz or submitting an assignment, instructors can create a user or group override that changes the settings only for those particular users. This can be useful in cases where students need a bit lon...
This article outlines how instructors can use the ExamLock Manager to manage secure exam sessions and review student activity during quizzes. Instructors should configure their quizzes first following the instructions at Using ExamLock to Promote Quiz Int...
Rubrics are advanced grading forms used for criteria-based assessment and are most commonly used within the assignment activity. Rubrics allow for ease and consistency in grading and allow for grade transparency with students. To create a rubric for use i...
When grading assignments in eClass, there are a number of mechanisms for releasing the grades to students. By default, as soon as any grades or feedback are entered by instructors or TAs, these are made available to students. NOTE: this occurs regardless ...
ExamLock is a University of Alberta application that instructors may use to promote academic integrity during eClass exams. The tool is available in IST managed computer labs but may also be used by students on their own laptops. THIS ARTICLE OVERVIEWS T...
If your students are having difficulty accessing their grades, it may be one of the following issues:   THE GRADEBOOK IS HIDDEN FROM STUDENTS If a student is unable to access ANY grades (ie. the Grades link is unavailable to them), it is likely that t...
This article outlines how instructors can use the ExamLock Manager to schedule secure exam sessions for students to complete quizzes. Instructors will need to configure their quizzes first following the instructions at Using ExamLock to Promote Quiz Integ...
The eClass Gradebook does not directly allow the import of textual information into standard gradebook columns. This article describes the workaround of importing the text into the _Feedback_ location for a column. Common uses for this would be to impor...
All quiz question types (except for ‘Essay’) are graded automatically by eClass after the student has submitted their quiz attempt. It is a recommended practice to review short answer questions in case credit should be provided for acceptable but non-mat...
You are able to assign letter grades to specific assignments or activities in eClass using the Improved Letter Grade Scale. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS USE THIS SCALE INSTEAD OF THE STANDARD 'LETTER SCALE' SINCE THAT ONE TRANSLATES POORLY TO NUMERIC VALUES. This is...
The assignment tool has a wide range of configuration options that make it a powerful tool for assessing students. It can be especially useful in large course sections where there are several options available to streamline working with a high number of s...
The TSQS optical scoring data provided by IST may include a number of columns in addition to the raw score including the students' wrong answers and their actual responses. eClass Moodle will only allow instructors to import one column as the 'Comments' ...
UPDATE JULY 2019: RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER IS NO LONGER CENTRALLY SUPPORTED AT THE U OF A. Please see this article for instructions on using ExamLock to promote quiz integrity [https://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/375/1...
Instructors experiencing issues while attempting to upload CSV files into the eClass gradebook can try the following troubleshooting steps: CONTENTS: * 1 User Mapping Error * 2 Writing to Database Error ERROR MESSAGE: 'USER MAPPING ERROR, COULD NO...
Instructors have several options for formatting the display of grades to students in eClass. These can be set at either the course level (ie. for all grades in the course) or on individual grade items. CONTENTS: * 1 Formatting Grade Display for the E...
If you wish to have your students submit their work in groups, the relevant settings are available in the GROUP SUBMISSION SETTINGS area (and not in the COMMON MODULE SETTINGS area where most group and groupings setup is done in eClass). * If you want ...
There are a number of ways to use only letter grades in eClass courses. This article will recommend best practices and provide examples for some specific use cases. Because letter grading is a complicated area, users can also contact eClass support at 780...
The Grades tool in eClass offers options to format the display of your gradebook to students and to control to a very fine degree which grades are visible to students. ONE THING TO NOTE when working in the gradebook is that if a grade item automatically c...
Article Last Updated July 2019 UPDATE JULY 2019: RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER IS NO LONGER CENTRALLY SUPPORTED AT THE U OF A. Please see this article for instructions on using ExamLock to promote quiz integrity [https://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php...
Ratings can be useful for instructors who wish to track or grade forum posts, glossary entries and database entries, and link them directly to the course gradebook. They can also be used as a collaborative activity by allowing students to rate each other'...
If you have already entered a grade for an assignment via the grader report (as opposed to providing grades through the assignment grading tools), you may have problems attaching files to the assignment. Your students may also be unable to view files you ...
The eClass Grader Report indicates that cells have been overridden by changing the background colour of the cell to orange. This is perfectly normal and occurs whenever users edit an activity module column or calculated column (such as a category or cours...
Gradebook categories are useful for organizing and grouping multiple course assessment items by type.  For example, if the course contains a midterm worth 30%, three lab assignments worth 30% overall and a final exam worth 40%, creating a category for the...
Whenever you add a Quiz or Assignment Activity to your course and specify a grade in its settings, a grade column will appear in the gradebook. This article will explain how to manually add a grade item that is not tied to an Activity - for example when y...
Marking guides are one of the advanced grading methods available in the eClass assignment activity. Similar to rubrics, they allow you to set up a number of marking criteria for the assignment. But instead of selecting from fixed scoring levels on each cr...
Instructors can annotate student submissions directly online without needing to download them. This grading mechanism can be used in conjunction with any or all of the other options for providing feedback on assignments. This tool supports common submissi...
Instructors can grade students on the entirety of their posts in a forum by setting up whole forum grading in the forum. When activated, whole forum grading allows for an instructor to view students' history of posts on a forum, and mark it via a numerica...
A known bug can sometimes cause problems identifying which grades have been released to students. This issue is in active development by the moodle community and we will be looking to release a fix as soon as possible. The problem affects the GRADEBOOK S...
By default the Grader Report in eClass identifies students by first and last name, email address, and CCID - student 7-digit student ID numbers are not displayed. Even though they don't display, you can still match imported grades to Student ID numbers if...
In the gradebook, there is an option to toggle the display by clicking on the box icon beside the course name.  Clicking on the icon will allow you to change the format to Full view, Aggregates only, or Grades only. * The default display is FULL VIEW, ...
If you have set up groups in your course, you might want to enable the option to filter different course administration pages by those groups. The most common use case for doing this is in the gradebook but this also works for the participants page, list ...
There are multiple methods that allow an instructor to grade forum posts. One option is whole forum grading, where instructors can see all of their course participant's posts within a forum and give it a grade that is reflected in the gradebook, be it bas...
By default, eClass has some grading scales already available for use in student grading. These include the standard numeric scales (can be out of any number of points, up to 100, with 1 point intervals), and several others such as ‘Quarter points (10 tota...
If you have downloaded all the student submissions from an assignment using the bulk download procedure [https://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/259/15/downloading-assignment-submissions], after you have graded the documen...
There are a number of additional columns and settings which can be used to modify WHAT STUDENTS SEE when they look at their grades. The student view of the grade book can be viewed under USER REPORT in the gradebook. CONTENTS: * 1 To access the User ...
Some aggregation methods in the eClass gradebook allow instructors to give bonus marks for certain grade items. The aggregation methods that allow this are _Simple weighted mean of grades_, _Natural_, and _Mean of grades (with extra credits)_. These three...
Article Last Updated August 2022 If an eClass assignment has been set up to receive file submissions, instructors can either grade files online using the inline marking tools [http://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/35/15...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Note: With new options for grading posts on a forum, such as whole forum grading to be added in the May 2020 eClass update (see this article [http://support.ctl.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/393/15/whole...
Article Last Updated June 2021 Once enabled, the 'Marking workflow' opens up the option for course coordinators or lead instructors to assign specific grading tasks to any of the other the graders in the course (including themselves). To split up gradin...
This article describes how to make edits to existing manual grade items, specifically the NEW REQUIRED OPTION TO SPECIFY WHETHER TO RESCALE EXISTING GRADES INTRODUCED IN SUMMER 2017 when editing the maximum grade for an item is required after grades for s...
A known bug can sometimes cause problems identifying which grades have been released to students. This issue is in active development by the moodle community and we will be looking to release a fix as soon as possible. The problem affects graded activiti...
Anonymous submissions, or blind marking, allow instructors to mark assignments without knowing which student they are marking. For this technique to work, you have to instruct your students not to use their names on their assignment documents (_i.e_., hav...
Article Last Updated June 2021 UPDATE: As a part of the University's shift to online course delivery in response to Covid-19, these suggestions provide instructors with a mechanism to provide and display Credit/No Credit scores to students as a part of ...
UPDATE: As a part of the University’s shift to online course delivery in response to Covid-19, these suggestions provide instructors with a mechanism to convert existing numeric scores (for an entire course or for individual assessment items) into CR or N...
Article Last Updated June 2021 An effective way of preventing students from accessing course material during exams is disabling access to your course by changing the course availability on eClass. You may want to preemptively notify your students of the...
In large courses where multiple TAs mark a single assignment, it can be useful to see a per-grader average to compare how different graders have graded students. This article will walk through setting up a course to view per-grader averages and suggest a ...
Article Last Updated June 2021 This article will explain how to re-use an existing rubric that you have already created in one eClass assignment for grading a different assignment. First, we will need to create a template from an already existing rubr...
In addition to shuffling question and multiple choice [https://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/360/45/security-features-for-delivering-eclass-quizzes] orders as an academic integrity mechanism, instructors can distribute m...
Article Last Updated January 2022 In the eClass gradebook, as an alternative to using the built-in mechanisms to calculate a course total [http://support.eclass.ualberta.ca/index.php?/Knowledgebase/Article/View/152/0/calculating-your-course-total], inst...
An instructor may need to adjust scores globally on a quiz by adding or subtracting points or scaling the scores without having to enter mass gradebook overrides to student scores. eClass can do this by any combination of adjusting the 'OFFSET' and/or 'M...

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