Using the Gradebook
Navigating to the Gradebook
Once you log in to your account on Learning.com, select ‘My Classes’ in the left column and select a class name to see that class’s gradebook in the main screen of your interface.
If you do not yet have classes created, you will need to create one before you can begin using the gradebook. Instructions on doing that can be found here.
In the blue banner above the gradebook, the ‘You are viewing’ drop-down menu allows teachers to sort the gradebook to fit their needs. By default, teachers will view ‘All Assignments.’ Selecting ‘Assignments Requiring Attention’ will limit what you see to only assignments that won’t automatically score and will require a teacher to enter a grade, such as Application Exercises. Selecting ‘Assessment Scores’ will show scores from assessments that were assigned through the gradebook, such as the Digital Literacy Assessment exam (DLA).
Grades from Other Classes
To the right of where the curriculum ‘You are viewing’ is set, there is a checkbox to ‘Include grades from all classes.’ Clicking this will show teachers if a student has completed an automatically scored assignment in a different class from that same school year. Instructions on how to import scores can be found here.
Enrolling Students and Assigning Curriculum
In the lower part of the blue banner, there are ‘Enroll Students’ and ‘Assign Curriculum’ buttons. These are useful for setting up a class. Follow these links for further instructions about enrolling students and assigning curriculum.
Printing and Exporting
Also included in the lower part of the blue banner are print and export options. These features will only be available when at least one curriculum item is assigned.
Print Log in Cards
First, selecting ‘Print Log In Cards’ will open a new tab with the login information for all students in the class. These can be cut apart and individually distributed.
NOTE: The information provided here is for students who sign on directly to Learning.com. Students who use Clever or another single sign on will need to be given their username and password by the school or district.
Next, selecting ‘Print Roster’ will open a new tab with a full class list of information, including each student’s name, username, and password. This allows teachers to reference all student credentials in one place.
Print Gradebook and Export Gradebook
Finally, while teachers can select ‘Print Gradebook’ to print the gradebook as they see it here, they can also download an editable version of the gradebook to their computer. Selecting ‘Export Gradebook’ will open a new spreadsheet in a format such as Excel or Google Sheets. This is useful for teachers who want to average the work that students have done to determine an overall grade.
In Excel, to find the average score first delete the points leaving only the percentage in the boxes. Then, click on the square to the right of a student’s scores and select ‘Average’ from the Sum, or Sigma, menu options. Finally, highlight all the cells that you want to include and press enter.
In Google Sheets, to find the average score first delete the points leaving only the percentage in the boxes. Then highlight the cells you want to include and choose ‘Explore’, then ‘Sum’, and then ‘Average.’
Sorting the Gradebook
By default, the gradebook organizes students alphabetically by last name. Teachers can reverse this by clicking on the green bar indicating the number of students in the class.
Teachers can also sort students by their performance on each assignment by selecting the assignment name on the top bar of the gradebook, turning it green. One click will sort with the highest score on top; clicking again will reverse it.
Exceptions to Automatic Scoring
Most of the assignments within Learning.com will immediately show students their score and enter that score into the gradebook. However, there are a few exceptions where a teacher will need to enter scores manually.
Manual and Excused Grades
Teachers can enter their own score or excuse assignments for any student, including for the automatically scored Lessons. This is done by selecting the score box within the gradebook. Selecting the small, blue ‘E’ icon will excuse the student from completing the assignment. Selecting the same box and the ‘E’ again will revert the assignment back to unexcused. Typing a score in the box and clicking the disc icon to save will replace any previous or future score for that student on the assignment. Manually entered scores appear bold in the gradebook. If the student attempts an assignment that has a manual grade entered, he or she will not be able to replace that score with a new one. Teachers can undo a manually entered score by selecting the box again and deleting the number that was entered.
NOTE: Teachers must enter the number of points (not the percentage) when creating manual scores.
Application Exercises (AEs) are assignments within Learning.com that must be reviewed by a teacher, who can then give a participation score. Once a student completes an AE, a notice will appear on the teacher homepage saying that there are AEs waiting to be graded. The words ‘Turned In!’ will also appear in the gradebook.
Clicking ‘Turned In!’ in the class gradebook will open a new tab to display the teacher’s AE Dashboard:
From the AE Dashboard, the teacher can review the student’s work and send a participation score back to the gradebook. For more information about this functionality, please see the Application Exercises FAQ.
Discussions won’t generate automatic grades. In fact, Discussions won’t appear in the student view at all, as they do not contain anything for the student to do on a computer but are actually teacher-led group work designed to spark thoughtful conversations. Teachers will have the option to give manual participation scores for the Discussions and/or assign Discussion Reflections, which are surveys that students complete after the whole-class Discussion. More information on Discussions and Discussion Reflections can be found here.