Next, I am thinking of putting together a companion tutorial to help with the changing of common settings. And, maybe, a little screencast for those of us who learn best by watching.
Your feedback is welcome.
Great job! This is just what was needed to help people understand the changes in the gradebook. I have a much better handle on how things work.
Thank you very much!
Just guessing why I only got 11 points in my "20 point homework". I've worked hard on it! Can I retry?
There is one small typo in the second screen shot. 50%(11/21). It should be 11/20.
Thanks so much for this tutorial. I'm currently going through the process of preparing for an upgrade from 1.8.4+ to 1.9 and was just experimenting with the gradebook in 1.9 on our development sever and am now VERY nervous that our teachers are going to have a FIT when they see how different the gradebook is. They are just getting comfortable with the gradebook in 1.8 and will be asked to use the new gradebook in 1.9 that is very very different.
I don't doubt it is powerful but along with that power seems to have come complexity and out went the relatively easy and intuitive interface.
I'm going to have to read through your tutorial several times and do a bunch of playing with the gradebook in 1.9 in order to be able to explain it to our teachers in our next workshop.
Whew...it is so different.
I can see some features that I'm really going to like, but the interface has not just become more complicated, it has become a lot more WORK!
In order to assign different activities to different categories, you have to click on every single item, deal with it and then find your way back to where the next item is and go through it again. It was a LOT easier when you could have one screen with all your items on it, select the appropriate category, and then save the whole shebang.
I also haven't figured out yet how to hide all the uncategorized items, and how to show ONLY the category totals. In the course of one quarter I have 5 main categories and about 30 individual items. If they all show up (as they do in my gradebook so far) my gradebook becomes an unmanagable mess.
For one of my math classes, that assign homework every day, the gradebook is miles wide! He used to categorize it into chapters so only the category totals showed, and then he looked into the chapter category to enter grades. With GBPV2 he also used those categories to easily enter grades.
We also hid old quarters (we are a K-12 school) so that we didn't even see the items that weren't part of the current grading period.
With 1.9 the ability to handle a long course (with lots of assignments) makes the gradebook a disaster to manage! It is horrible!
I was one of those people waiting for the "gradebook advances" pf 1.9 and found then to be very disappointing. I am afraid my school will be on 1.8 until someone sees how badly this one actually works. It is apparent that it was tested with far fewer gradebook items than a real course will actually have.
I have not updgraded yet.\
My gradebook, like yours, has over 40 items in it by the end of the semester. Can someone tell me if you can have just the category totals showing, as is the case in 1.8.
I'm seriously thinking of delaying the upgrade it this is not the case.
I also like to be able to categorise tasks from one place. Is this possible in 1.9?
Category totals - YES
Tasks into categories - I don't think so.
In the Grading window there is a drop down box with an item called "Categories and items" but when you click the edit icon there is no option to change/set the category - I suggest you add a feature request to the tracker. The only way I have found is to click on the assignment (etc) and then update it.
Thanks for posting this. It made it easier to see the distinctions in the aggregation schemes. When it comes to the Simple Weighted Aggregation scheme, it might help to add that teachers don't need to create separate categories in the grade book since points are weighted on the value of the activity.