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 Edit mode, enter a Step and select "Settings" (gear icon) in the upper right corner. 

2. Set a "Step point value" and optionally set a "Minimum passing score." You can also optionally change how points are awarded. 

See more on step settings and how they relate to each other. 

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 an assessment that is entirely multiple choice, students will receive a percentage grade based on their performance. If you award points automatically on other assessments, learners will receive full points for completion.

If you award points only after a teacher or moderator review, you will need to grade the step manually. Everyone enrolled as a teacher or moderator will receive an in-app notification when something needs grading. If an assessment includes paragraph-style questions, it will require manual grading.

See more on notifications for moderators and teachers. 

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

Exporting grades

You can export grades using one of the downloadable reports available under your account settings or within each cohort. 

See all downloadable reports here

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