We’ve adopted Engrade as our on-line grading system, and teachers seem to be finding it easy and helpful. One of the reasons for the shift (I think) was to make computing mid-term and year-end grades easier. I didn’t know how to do this previously (I’d been using Engrade for a few years) but just checked it out tonight (after some initial guidance from KR). Here are some thoughts / instructions. This is only what I did. There are other options, which I’ll outline at bottom.

  1. Begin on your ‘Classes’ page (click ‘Classes’ at the top left in the blue menu, but not a specific class in the dropdown menu).
  2. At bottom left, click on ‘Average Classes’. (This will take you to a version of the settings page you see when you create a normal class.) The screen below will appear.Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 8.16.36 PM
  3. Name your class whatever your class is named plus MY Avg (or something similar), e.g. Medieval is a class, so Medieval MY Avg is the name of the MY average class.
  4. Change the 2013 in the pulldown menu beneath the name to 2012-2013.
  5. Make the grading period 2.
  6. Class 1 and Class 2 below are where you pull in the grade from an existing class, so one of these would be Medieval GP1 and one Medieval GP2.
  7. The Weight percentages at right are 40.
  8. Below is the Assignment heading. This is where the midterm exam will go. Name it, put in the number of points (ultimately this doesn’t matter; Engrade will extract a percentage based on this and the students’ grades), and weight it 20%.
  9. Save, and you should be all set.

A few variables / options to discuss.

  • #2: Another option (thanks to MS) is to, rather than Average classes, make another regular class. The advantage to this is that you can create different ‘assignments’ within that class (as you would in a normal class) for each section of the midterm, thus giving students more information about their midterm grade. You would then follow the procedure above to Average Classes but use the Mid-term class as a third class, with the weights the same, and no assignments (because the mid-term is now a class). The only problem here is that Engrade only allows five classes to be referenced, which means that you can’t use this for finals, unless you can add finals to the mid-term ‘class’ and change the weight (would the math add up the same?).
  • #4: The year associates the class with other classes of the same year. Your other classes are 2012-2013. If you leave your mid-term average class as 2013 it will always stay at the top of your list. Making it 2012-2013 will let subsequent quarters be placed above the mid-term average class in your list.
  • #5: This is an annoying decision to have to make. If you make it GP3, you separate it out from your existing classes but either associate it with your quarter 3 classes (which, logically, would be GP3) or force your quarter 3 classes to be GP4 (and your q4 classes to be GP5). I made mine GP2. Even though it makes my GP2 list very long, the naming convention (#3) makes that list a bit easier to navigate.

That’s about it. I might suggest doing it while referring to this so you can see it, and trying a class without inputting any grades just to see how the different factors affect things. You can easily delete the mid-year average class before any numbers go in if you want to change something.