Why do this?
There are some instructors that are simply more comfortable keeping track of grades
with Excel, however this does not allow students to view their grades and progress.
Thankfully importing grades from Excel into your Cougar Courses gradebook is quick
and easy, if you setup your gradebook first. At the start of the semester (or at least
before importing your grades) set up your gradebook with all grade items and categories.
Then export this gradebook as an Excel file. Use this Excel file to keep track of
your grades and then upload periodically to Cougar Courses.
Export Gradebook to Excel
- Set up your gradebook by adding any activities (on your course homepage), manual grade
items, and categories. Please see the other Help Guides under the Gradebook section
for help on adding manual grade items, adding categories, etc.
- When you are ready to export your gradebook to Excel, while in the gradebook, click
the Export tab and then click the Excel spreadsheet
- All items will automatically be selected. Uncheck any category totals, as those cannot
be updated through importing from Excel.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Download.
- Save the file to your computer. Use this file to keep track of your grades. When you
update, make sure to save as a .csv file type.
Import Grades from Excel
In order to import your Excel file must be saved as a .csv file type and cannot include any formulas.
- While in the gradebook click the Import tab and then click the CSV file tab (default tab).
- Either drag and drop your file into the File box, or use the “Choose a file” button to browse for your file on your computer and click the “Upload this file”
- Click the “Upload grades” button at the bottom of the page.
- Verify the Import preview is correct.
- In the “Identify user by” section, set “Map from” to "Email Address" and set “Map to” to "Email Address."
- Go to the “Grade item mappings” section. Each column in the Excel Spreadsheet will be listed. Find the item(s) you
want to update. For the item(s), from the drop down menu select the corresponding
Cougar Courses grade item in the "Grade items" section. Be careful not to select the
item under the Feedback section. Select Ignore for any grade items that you do not
want to update and for category and course totals (the gradebook will total automatically).
Warning: You must be careful to map the Excel grade columns to the correct gradebook items
to ensure that grades are entered into the correct fields. More than one item can
be mapped to the same grade item in your destination course so be mindful - if two
or more fields are accidentally mapped to the same item, it will cause an error.
- Click the Upload grades button at the bottom of the page.
- If the import was successful, you will be prompted to click Continue.