How Do I Change the Policies for Assessments?

Select the Assessment in the Learning Path or in the Repository. (Make sure you are in edit mode.)

You need to include a name, learning objectives and grading options. Everything else is optional. First part of the settings include:

You need to include a name, learning objectives and grading options. Everything else is optional. First part of the settings include:

1. Name: be as descriptive as you can, so students will know what the assessment will include.
2. Description: this area can provide additional information to the students on what they should expect.
3. Add File: you can add a file for students to view and download.
4. Meta Tags: allows you to include tags for the content you want to include. You will use commas to separate the tags if you have more than one.

You then need to determine the display options and align learning objectives. 

1. Display Options: you determine if you want to allow students to view their score once it is graded. They would still be able to see feedback and how they did on the assessment even if you have the score hidden. You can also change the name of the assignment within the Gradebook.  You need to decide if you want to release the grade to the student, if not, click next to “Hide from Student in Gradebook.” At this moment in the student interface, they will only be able to see numeric grades.  So, for students to see their grade you must check the ‘Numeric Grade’ option and decide if you want it to be absolute value or percentage value.

2. Learning Objectives: clicking on “Manage” allows you to align this assignment with any of the learning outcomes that have been added to the class. 

The last part of the assignment settings is to set the grading criteria.

You will need to determine how you want to grade the assignment. There are a few areas items you need to decide:

A. Exempt From: Grades or Achievements. If you want to have this as a practice assignment and not include the grade in the final calculation, than you will exempt from Grades. The grade will still show in the grade book unless you selected for the score to be hidden. If you want it exempt from achievement, again, the student will still see how they did on the learning objectives, but it won’t take that into account when the system is determining achievement of a learning objective or outcome.

B. Set Achievement Scale: you have two options “On Individual Learning Objectives” or “On Total Score.”

a. On Individual Learning Objectives – this will allow you to put a value on each learning objective, which allows you to track how the student is doing with each one. This is recommended if you want students to understand what they know and what they still need to work on to become proficient in that outcome.

b. On Total Score – this uses the full score of the assignment and places achievement level for each learning objective by the total instead of individually.

C. Determine the point value and the achievement level. This area allows you to set the points and the spread of the points based on whether the student met or exceeded the learning objective on that assessment. This can be done by total score (as shown above) or by each individual learning objective.

D. Grading Category: if you want to put this assessment into a category to make it easier to score within the gradebook, you can add it here.

E. If you want to use a Rubric, make sure you click “Apply Rubric.” If you grade by individual learning objective, you will be able to pull in the LO’s as the criteria of the rubric. If you do it by total score, you will write your own criteria.

F. If you have a grading key for other assessors to use, you can upload it as a file.

When you are finished with the settings, make sure you click “Save.” 

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