Documentation:Connect/Add Columns to the Grade Center (How To)

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You can easily add more columns in the Grade Center to highlight the data you want to see. The three types of columns that appear by default are: user, grade and calculated. Each column has a contextual menu with options that depend on the type of column it is and you also have the abilities to hide and show columns to students, or associate columns with categories and/or Grading Periods. This document will show you how to:

  • Access the Grade Center
  • Create a column in the Grade Center
  • Set the column's Primary Display option
  • (Optional) Set the column's Secondary Display option
  • Set column options


Access the Grade Center

  1. From the left-hand course menu, select Control Panel.
  2. Click Grade Center.
  3. Click Full Grade Center.
    Full Grade Center is the second option under Grade Center

Create a column in the Grade Center

  1. Click Create Column.
  2. In the Column Information section, add a Column Name. This name will appear within My Grades and the Grade Center unless a Grade Center Display Name is added.
  3. (Optional) Add a Grade Center Display Name. This name will only appear in the Grade Center as the column name.
  4. (Optional) Enter a column description. Descriptions will be visible to students in My Grades.

Set the column's Primary Display option

Select a Primary Display option:

  • Score: A numeric grade appears in the column. This is the default setting. If you do not make a selection, the score appears in the grid.
  • Letter: A letter grade appears in the column. The default grading schema is used to assign letter grades. For example, a score of 21/30 equals 70% and appears as a C.
  • Text: Text appears in the column when a custom text grading schema is created. Examples of text values include: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, and Poor –OR- Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory. If no custom text grading schema is created, and the Text option is selected, you are allowed to type text in the column’s cells. If you choose to share the column results with students on their My Grades pages, they will see the text values for their grades. To learn how to create a custom grading schema, see How to Create Grading Schemas in the Grade Center. ##
  • Percentage: A percentage appears in the column. For example, a score of 21/30 appears as 70%.
  • Complete/Incomplete: When an item is submitted, a check mark ( ) appears in the column, regardless of the score achieved.

Note: When you convert a numeric score to text without creating a custom text grading schema, and then return to numeric scoring, values that cannot be converted display a zero after conversion. Therefore, if you want to include text as grades, create a custom text grading schema and associating it with the columns.

(Optional) Set the column's Secondary Display option

Make a selection in the Secondary Display drop-down list. The default setting is None. The same options appear except for the option chosen as the Primary Display and Text. The default Text option does not appear as you cannot edit a secondary value from a column’s cell. If you create a customized grading schema based on text and have not used it as the Primary Display, it appears in the list. In the Grade Center column, the secondary value appears in parentheses. The secondary value does not appear to students.

Note: If you choose Percentage as the Primary Display and type the achieved numeric score into the Grade Center grid directly, the number you type is interpreted as a percentage and not the score. Therefore, if you want the system to calculate percentages when you type a score, select Score as the Primary Display and select Percentage as the Secondary Display. Scores you type directly in the grid will display a percentage in parentheses.

Set column options

  1. Select a Category.
    Note: Applying categories will allow the instructor to leverage the power of the Grade Center, particularly when creating Calculated Columns. If the default categories do not suffice, refer to the tutorials for Creating Categories and Modifying a Column in the Grade Center.
  2. Enter Points Possible.
  3. (Optional) Add a Rubric.
  4. In the Dates section, select a Grading Period and enter a due date.
    Note: Setting Due Dates within Connect provides visual cues for both the Instructor and Students. Assignments that have come past due or are submitted after the due date are identified as Late in the To Do module for students and the Needs Attention and Alerts modules for Instructors. Due Dates also appear in My Grades for Students and can be used by Instructors to generate various Reports, make grading decisions, etc.
  5. In the Options section, select (Yes) or (No) to include the column in the Grade Center Calculations.
  6. Select (Yes) or (No) to show the column to the students in My Grades.
  7. Select (Yes) or (No) to show statistics for the column to the students in My Grades.
  8. Click Submit.

Related Resources

  • Getting Started with the Grade Center (pdf)