Training for the CATE "do-it-yourself" system of constructing and maintaining instructional webpages is taught in a sequence of workshops.
This module covers online gradebooks. It is appropriate for faculty and staff who are teaching online classes.
This workshop explains how to use the Gradebook module for creating online gradebooks which allow the instructor to track student progress and can be made available to students to see their own scores, instructor comments, and final grades. The gradebook can calculate grades automatically, display scores to students according to a wide variety of parameters set by the instructor, produce a final gradesheet which can be printed, and it can export data in a format suitable for use in Excel spreadsheets.
Before attending this workshop, you should already have participated in the training for the "Student Management" and "Tests and Exercises" workshops since this module relies heavily on use of those two. In particular, the Gradebook material will be difficult to understand and use unless you've already mastered these aspects of the CATE system:
-- Section homepages -- Setting check-in parameters -- CATE check-in process -- Accepting students into class -- CATE rosters -- Student management -- Creating, configuring, and delivering online quizzes, tests, and exams
This workshop is optional and not a prerequisite for attending other modules of the CATE training program.
Workshop lasts approximately three hours. You should already have a CATE account before arriving. CATE accounts are freely available for SRJC faculty and staff via the CATE homepage.
To reserve your seat, you need to log into your CATE account and use the options there to edit your workshop participation, or go directly to the Workshops reservation site.
Assignments for this week
Finish last week's exercises
-- Create a message list, configure it so that only students in the same section as your imaginary student can send and receive messages, and then add a message list input page and a message list archive page to your presentation and make sure both those pages are password-protected. Use your own CATE username and password to send a message to the class message list, and then use the username and password of your imaginary student to respond.
To prepare for this week's workshop
-- Read through this entire webpage and follow all the links
-- Study the "Quick Guide" for this week
-- Look through the "Help" document for this week
-- Read the "How to..." pages for this week
-- Take the quiz near the bottom of this page
-- Bring to the workshop whatever information and materials you'll find helpful for this week's exercises
During or after the workshop
-- Do this week's exercises as shown at the bottom of this page
After preparing for this week's workshop by reading all the material found via the links above, take this self-assessment quiz. Workshop Quiz 9
Exercises for this week
To help you better understand the material, to integrate the different modules, and to demonstrate how an entire online class can be constructed from various components, each week you'll be creating a portion of an online class, so at the end of the series of workshops you'll have a complete model of an entire class.
Your project can either be a real class that you actually intend to teach online, or just an "experimental" class strictly for practice.
Either way, you can work on your weekly exercises in the lab immediately following the lecture while I'm available to help, or you can do the exercises elsewhere at your convenience. Either way, completion of the exercises will be critical to full comprehension of the system.
Here's the exercise for this week:
Make sure at least one imaginary student has checked into your class. Create a gradebook for that class and set its configurations. Add one online assignment (using the test previously created) and one manual assignment, and set their configurations. Take the online test as though you are the imaginary student. Enter the results for the manual assignment for that imaginary student. Practice editing and manipulating the assignment results and final grade for the imaginary student. Finally, go back to your nav bar and make sure the proper button leads to this gradebook.
Integrating all the exercises
If you have been studying all the modules, attending all the workshops, and doing all the exercises, you should have a model class website ready to go, even if it's just for experimental purposes.
You should have an activated personal homepage. When activated, a link to your personal homepage will automatically appear on CATE's Directory of Faculty and Staff. Your personal homepage should include your photograph and links to the course homepages for the classes you teach.
For all the classes you teach, generic course homepages should exist (whether they were created by you or someone else) and you should have your own section homepages. System-generated links should automatically connect your personal homepages, your section homepages, and the course homepages for those sections.
You should have nav bar for one of your classes, and the nav bar should contain buttons leading to your personal homepage, the section homepage, the class schedule, the first page of your online lecture notes for the class, and your class gradebook.
You should have a schedule page showing day-by-day or week-by-week how your class will be conducted. You should have your nav bar installed on the schedule page, and the daily or weekly entries should include links to the appropriate pages.
You should have created a message list for your class. You should have created a password zone for your class so that only registered students can see class pages and tests.
You should have a multi-page presentation for your class. All the presentation pages should have a nav bar at the top. Pages should include text, images, and links, including at least one online test. You should have one page for your class message list input form and another page for your class message list archive. The pages of this presentation should be password protected.
You should have configured the check-in parameters for your class and you should have at least one imaginary student on your class roster.
You should have an online gradebook with at least two assignments, and you should have scores for those assignments for your imaginary student.
So, after eight weeks of workshops you should have a fully functional mini-class. Congratulations!