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Create Manual Grade Items

Why Do This?

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.


Creating a Manual Grade Item

  1. From your course homepage, click on the gear in the upper right of the course to access the Course Administration, then select Gradebook setup.
    gradebook setup link under course administration
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click Add grade item.

 add grade item button

  1. Enter the Item name. Try to keep the name short to minimize the gradebook column width.

 manual grade item settings

  1. Enter the grade item’s total point value in Maximum grade.
  1. If you use categories in your gradebook, go to the Parent Category section and select the desired category from the Grade Category dropdown.

 parent category

  1. Select Save changes at the bottom of the page. 

save changes button

Note: The name of the manual grade item will be in gray on the Grader Report page next to this symbol manual grade item 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.