ASSESSMENT GROUPS

In order to set up and specify the criteria for passing the course, whether it is the minimum percentage required or the minimum items of completion for various assessments, you need to set up assessment groups.

 

Assessment groups allow you to group different assessments together in a meaningful way for the purpose of final mark calculation, plussage or regular use during the course.

 

We strongly advise some planning before you start setting up assessment groups for your course for the purpose of final grade processing. Consider and list out all the passing criteria there are for your course first, so it is easier when you start working through the set up.

 

Online video tutorial:  If you like an audiovisual explanation and demonstration of the use of assessment groups please click here.

 

 

 


Enable & Create Assessment Groups

 

  1. Select the course from the Current Teaching folder in the navigation pane on the left of the screen.

  2. Click on the Activities & Marks function for the course.

  3. On the toolbar, click the Final Grades button.

  4. Gradebook will pop up in another window.

  5. On the toolbar, hover your mouse over the New button and select Assessment Group from the drop-down.

  6. Once selected a new window will pop-up with in which you can enter the details for the assessment group i.e. Name* and Purpose - Regular, Final Grades or Plussage.

Note: Assessment Groups will only be enabled if the purpose of the group is either Final Grade or Plussage.  It will be disabled when the last (Final Grade and Plussage) assessment group has been deleted

  1. Select the activities you want included in the group by ticking the check boxes under Use.

  2. Adjust the available settings to suit your requirements for the assessment group

    • You can select Minimum Requirements needed to pass the course by ticking the check box next to the % to pass or number of assessments completed.

    • You can also choose to use Mark based on which allows for selecting the best of a certain number of assessments or average mark of all the assessments.

    • If you would like the group to be viewable to the students, tick the Visible to Student check box.

  1. You can Override Weight for the group by putting what the weighting should be in the field.

Note: This feature is useful if you have different weightings for the different activities in the group however the combined weight of that group should only equal a certain amount

  1. Click on the Save button in the toolbar at the top.  The group will now be listed under the Assessment Group tree.

 

*The name cannot have any spaces in it. Also, do not name an assessment group 'Plussage.' Once you have calculated plussage, Cecil will create its own assessment group named Plussage and, if there is already one by this name, calculations will not work.


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Edit Assessment Groups

 

  1. Select the course from the Current Teaching folder in the navigation pane on the left of the screen.
     

  2. Click on the Activities & Marks function for the course.
     

  3. Click on the Assessment Groups option in the tree at the top.
     

  4. Select the assessment group and click on the Edit button in the toolbar at the top.
     

  5. Make the needed changes in the window that comes up and click on the Save button on the top left of the toolbar.

 

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Delete an Assessment Group
 

  1. Select the course from the Current Teaching folder in the navigation pane on the left of the screen.
     

  2. Click on the Activities & Marks function for the course.
     

  3. Click on the Assessment Groups option in the tree at the top.  Select the assessment group you wish to delete on the right hand and click on the Delete button in the toolbar at the top.
     

  4. The assessment group will no longer be displayed.

 

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Setting up Plussage

 

  1. Select the course from the Current Teaching folder in the navigation pane on the left of the screen.

  2. Click on the Activities & Marks function for the course.
     

  3. Click on the Assessment Groups option in the tree at the top.  On the toolbar on the right, click the New button.
     

  4. Type in a Name for this group* and select the Purpose of the group as Plussage.
     

  5. Setup the criteria that needs to be met in order for students to receive plussage and click on Minimum Requirement and/or Mark based on area and click on the Save button.
     

  6. Click on the Calculate Plussage button located in the toolbar at the top of the Assessment Group window.

  7. A Plussage assessment group and activity will be created automatically taking into the account the criteria that you setup previously.

 

Note: Calculating Plussage will increase the course weighting by 1% but will not effect the marks because it will not be included in the Final Grade Formula as part of the All Assessments group.

 

* Do not name an assessment group 'Plussage.' Once you have calculated plussage, Cecil will create its own assessment group named Plussage and, if there is already one by this name, calculations will not work.  

 

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Final Marks and Grades Calculation for Assessment Groups

 

  1. Select the course from the Current Teaching folder in the navigation pane on the left of the screen.

  2. Click on the Activities & Marks function for the course.

  3. Click on the Assessment Groups option in the tree at the top.  On the toolbar on the right click on the Final Grades button.

  4. As this is a secure area, you will be presented with a window to login again.  Once you have logged in click on the Activities & Marks function in the navigation tree on the left.

  5. This will take you to the Final Grades area.  Since you are using assessment groups you will see 3 tabs: Final Grades, Grade Scale and Final Mark Formula.

  6. Click on the Final Mark Formula tab.  All the groups that have been setup with a purpose of Final Grades will be listed under the Groups area.

  7. Enter in a formula for calculating Final Marks and Grades in the Final Mark Formula field.  Select from the Functions and Groups listed for this.

  8. Once the formula has been entered select a Student from the list and click on the Validate button to test out that the formula works.

  9. Once you are happy with the formula click on the Save Formula button in the toolbar at the top.  

  10. Click back into the Final Grades tab.  Click on the Calculate  button to apply the formula to all the students.  

Example Final Mark formula for plussage

 

Note: If you have a particularly difficult formula please contact the Staff Service Centre (staffservice@auckland.ac.nz) for assistance.

 

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How do I...

 

Create an assessed activity?

 

Input Marks into an activity?

 

Create a Test?

 

Calculate Final Marks and Grades

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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