Wouldn't a student or instructor always want the range to indicate the actual ranges of points? What real benefit is attained by seeing a range of percents? With the gradebook as it currently sits, unless I use "Sum of grades", the range for a category will not continue to tally up maximums as new grade items are added. It seems to like best to sit at 100 which, in most occasions I suspect, is just another way to state percentage.
The most common grading questions asked on our campus are not able to be easily answered by the current gradebook. For example:
- Barring using the "sum of grades" aggregation method, how can a student know how many points out of how many points they have for the course (single most common question) or even for a category of grade items? On the current user report using any other method than Sum of grades, the real grade is a restatement of the percentage. A letter or percentage grade for Sum of grades is meaningless (until the course is over) unless an enormous amount of funambulism is undertaken and maintained such as adding grade items as they are about to be graded or other difficult schemes which exclude grade items until they are ready to have a grade assigned.
- "How was my final grade arrived at?" If a student receives no weighting criteria alongside their percentages correct, they can't calculate why they got a certain (weighted) percentage or letter grade.
I apologize in advance if my comments offend anyone's senses. I have tried to posture them as diplomatically as I could. I would like to think, however that opinions that dissent from the core group are still welcome in the Gradebook forum.