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.

Posted by Beverley Miles

Beverley is a Senior Learning Designer in the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education, Faculty of Arts. She is the founder of the Macquarie Undergraduate Research Internship (MURI), co-director of the Telemachus Ancient History Mentor Program (Tele's Angels), and member of the Archaeology of Death and Burial TV team led by A/Prof Ronika Power – bringing digital multimodal text types to assessment with Adobe Education.

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