For some educators, using grades is a no-brainer. On the other hand, you might be wondering if awarding points makes sense for employee onboarding, private music lessons, or continuing education for professionals.
Setting point values on steps can help motivate learners, enable you to see where they may be struggling, and can provide a simple way to make sure everyone passes required competencies. Learners will need to pass the minimum required grade on all required steps in order to earn a passing grade for the course.
How to add a point value
1. While in "Design" mode, enter a Step and select "Settings" (gear icon) in the upper right corner.
2. Set a desired point value under "Award Points," and optionally set a "Minimum passing score." You can also optionally change how points are awarded (automatically or only after a staff member reviews).
Notes for use
If you set a point value, the step will produce a grade item. If you do not set a point value, no grade item will be associated with the step.
You will also find a "Require completion" setting on the same Settings screen. Be sure to keep this toggled on if you want to require learners to complete this step in order to successfully complete the course.
If you award points automatically on a step with any of the following assessment types, the assessments will be auto-graded based on completion (full points awarded for completion): Paragraph Question, Learner-annotated Image, Submit. For other assessment types, learners will receive a grade based on their performance.
If you award points only after a teacher or moderator review, you will need to grade the entire step manually. Everyone enrolled as a teacher or moderator will receive an in-app notification when something needs grading.
If you wish to auto-grade part of an assessment, and manually grade another part, we'd recommend splitting it into two steps.
Understanding the grade report
Throughout the course, you will be able to view each learner's grade report. There are two percentages at the top of the report.
The first number shows a completion percentage. Once a learner has completed all required steps, the completion rate will show 100%.
The second number shows the score. If points are assigned, this number indicates the total number of points achieved out of the total number of points attempted and graded.
In this example, the first learner has completed 100% of all 207 required steps in the course. Of the total number of points attempted, 99% of points have been earned.
The second learner has completed 70% of all 207 required steps in the course. Of the total number of points attempted, 99% of points have been earned.
Both learners have a current grade of 99% of points attempted, but only the first learner has completed all steps.
Remember, the score shows points attempted and graded. If you have outstanding manual grading to do, this number may not reflect the final grade. Check the review screen and complete all manual grading before assuming a final grade.
💡 Tip: if you need to manually grade one or more steps and you do not want to allow learners to complete the course before they receive a satisfactory grade, you can add a password-locked step at the end of the course. Learners will not be able to unlock the final step and complete the course until you finish all manual grading and provide the password. You'll find the password option under the step settings.
You can export grades using one of the downloadable reports available under your account settings or within each cohort. Only steps with points will be included in the "Scores by step" report.