Cougar Courses creates a gradebook entry for every activity you create using the “Add an Activity or Resource” function. However, there are occasions when you want to assign grades for other things, such as in-class exams, hard copy assignments, or class participation. In these cases, you will want to create a manual grade item in your gradebook.
Note: The name of the manual grade item will be in gray on the Grader Report page next to this symbol , while names of activities will be in blue (as they are active links). This does not mean the manual grade item is hidden; by default manual grade items are visible to students.