Dear Bev,

In my department we have a letter-grade-only mandate for assessment results. I’m at a loss as to how to set this up in my iLearn unit without having to manually enter letter grades. Is there a way the iLearn Gradebook can only show letter grades to students even though I’m marking with numerical values?

Yours,
Magic Marker


Dear Magic Marker,

You’re in luck! There is a magic solution!

There are three levels of settings for the Grade Display Type:

  1. Grade Item level
  2. Grade Category level
  3. Unit Grade Settings level

1. Grade Item level

Tools > Unit Administration > Gradebook Setup

a) Select a grade item, click ‘Edit’ and select ‘Settings’:

iLearn Gradebook Setup view (click to enlarge)

b) From the drop-down menu for the Grade display type select Letter:

iLearn Grade Item Settings for Grade Display Type (click to enlarge)

2. Grade Category level

Tools > Unit Administration > Gradebook Setup

a) Select a grade category, click Edit and select Settings:

iLearn Gradebook Setup view (click to enlarge)

b) Under the Category total section, click Show more… to reveal the Grade Display Item. From the drop-down menu for the Grade display type select Letter:

iLearn Grade Category Settings, Category Total section (click to enlarge)

3. Unit Grade Settings level

Tools > Unit Administration > Gradebook Setup > Setup (tab) > Unit Grade Settings

a) Under the Category Item Settings section, from the drop-down menu for the Grade display type select Letter:

iLearn Gradebook Setup, Unit Grade Settings (click to enlarge)

Staff View vs. Student View

Now, if you enter numerical values into the Gradebook (either manually into a column or automatically via Turnitin GradeMark / Feedback Studio):

For example:

Test Student 0: 79/100 (presentation), 92/100 (written)

Test Student 1: 72/100 (presentation), 67/100 (written)

iLearn Gradebook – staff view (click to enlarge)

Test Student 0 sees the letter grade, HD, displayed:

iLearn Gradebook Test Student 0 view (click to enlarge)

while Test Student 1 sees the letter grade, Cr, displayed:

iLearn Gradebook Test Student 1 view (click to enlarge))

So there you have it, Magic Marker!

If you need back up, give us a shout: ilearn.help@mq.edu.au or read the iLearn Gradebook guide.

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Posted by Beverley Miles

Beverley is a Senior Learning Designer in the Faculty of Business & Economics. She is passionate about students as partners, research-enriched teaching, widening participation, program design, blended learning, and non-traditional multimodal learning activities and assessment. Outside of campus, she can be found with her adorable furbaby, Jubes, running in the quiet dawn hours, drinking copious amounts of tea, and watching/reading the latest scifi offering.

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