Calculating your Course Total

By default, grades are set to display two decimal places. This applies to the assessment activity and to its associated column in the grade book.  eClass calculations are accurate to 4 decimal places. Note that rounding grades for display, does not impact the Course total calculation.

By default, eClass calculates the Course total grade as 100% by aggregating each posted grade as they are added, and any ungraded items are not factored in. Therefore, as grades are posted, this total will fluctuate as individual grades are added. It is recommended Instructors hide the Course total, but allow individual grades to be displayed. It is common practice to hide the Course total grade column until the end of the semester to allow completion of the grading process.


Hiding & Displaying Course Total from Students

To hide the course total from students:

  1. To access the Gradebook, click Grades in the top row to launch the Gradebook. The Gradebook will display the Grader report layout that displays all course grades in a spreadsheet format. 

  2. Click the Edit mode button in the top right corner.

  3. Scroll to the far right of the Grader report  to see the Course total column.
  4. Toggle the eye icon of the Course total to hide/display grades to your students. If the eye icon is open students can see the grade, if the eye is closed students can not see the grade in the Course total column.

You can control the grades of individual students in the same way, toggle the eye icon in the rows of individual students for the course total and for individual course activities.

Course Total Grade Calculation

eClass allows you to use a combination of gradebook categories, aggregation methods or a custom formula to calculate your Course Total.

Weighted means of grades is the recommended Aggregation method  grading strategy comprised of a set of assessments, where each carries its own weight towards the course total. For example, the midterm is out of 100 marks and its weight is 15% of the course total.

The default aggregation method applied to the gradebook, Simple weighted mean of grades, does not calculate the course total based on weighted grading scheme. The grading strategy, or aggregation method, required to assign specific weights to grades must be changed to Weighted mean of grades in order for the grades to be calculated based on a specific weighted grading scheme.

Refer to the Assigning Weights to Grade Items documentation for step-by-step instructions on setting up your gradebook using weights.

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