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Final Calculated Grade is 0/0

In a Grade book with a Points grading system, the Final Calculated Grade is 0/0. To fix that, Go to Grades and click the blue “Settings” link near the top right of the page. Click “Calculation Options.” Scroll to the bottom of the Calculation Options page and check the box to “Automatically keep final grades updated.“ Click “Save,” then “Close.” This rare glitch showed up in December of 2018.


In this section Rubrics Overview: What rubrics are and when to use them. Holistic Rubrics: When you want to assess an activity has a whole, not break it down into parts. Analytic Rubrics: When you want to separately assess parts of an assignment, and create an overall score from those parts. Attach Rubrics: You can attach rubrics to grade items, dropbox folders, and discussion topics.

Create a Grade Category

Gradebook categories can be used to organize and group related grade items together. For example, you may want to create separate grade categories for Quizzes, Dropbox Submissions, Discussions, etc. By organizing your grades in this way, you can evenly distribute points between grade items in each category, or drop the lowest item grade in a category. From the Grades page, click on Manage Grades. From the New menu, select Category. Name the category. You can, […]

Create a Grade Item

Each column in your gradebook represents a Grade Item. Every graded assignment, quiz, etc. has to have its own, individual, Grade Item assigned to it. Grade Items can be grouped under Grade Categories, particularly if you are using a weighted grading system, or they can stand alone, without categories, if you are using a points grading system. To create a Grade Item: Inside your course, open the Manage Grades view. Click on New and select […]

Grades Setup Wizard

Pilot provides a Setup Wizard to assist you in determining the appropriate settings for your grades. If the Wizard doesn’t appear when you open the Grades tool, click on “Setup Wizard”. Choose Your Grading System Weighted: Grade categories are assigned a percentage of the final grade. Grade items are assigned a percentage that represents their value within the category. Points: Grade items are assigned point values and the final grade is calculated as the sum […]

Rubrics in Discussions vs in Grades

In the new version of Brightspace, grading discussions with rubrics has become more robust, but has some caveats. Add Rubric in Discussions, not in Grades When you add both a the rubric and grade item to a discussion topic, you can now grade the assignment using the rubric within the discussion topic and publish the grade directly from there to grades. The one caution is that while the grade gets published to Grades, students can’t […]

Error: No Final Grades to Send

When sending grades to Banner, some faculty get this message: Error: There are no final grades to send to your SIS. That happens when… Banner has failed to create a section for the course or an attempted grade export had failed and corrections need a kick start. Section Missing To remedy the problem if the course does not have a section… Go to Course Admin and click Course Offering Information. Check the Course has sections […]

Selecting the Weighted Grade Calculation Option

Grades in Pilot can be organized by points or by percentage weights.  The default course setting is “Points,” so the steps below describe the process of changing to “Weighted.”  Go to Grades and click on Settings. On the Settings screen, select the Calculation Options tab. On the Calculation Options screen, select “Weighted” instead of “Points” and click Save to complete the process.  

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