Tiered Grading Option in Grades?

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Hi everyone, first time using Brightspace here!

I am trying to understand how to make a kind of tiered grading option for course activity participation in the university course that I teach.

I am envisioning a kind of system in which students have options to engage with a bunch of different activities (such as Discussions, little Reflection assignments), and they get a kind of point value for each activity. Say there are 10 activity options, and they complete 6 of them, they would get a 75% in that Course Engagement category. If they complete 7 activities, they get 80%, 8 = 85%, 9 = 90%, all 10 activities = 95%, or something along those lines. Is this possible to make within the Grades section?

To reiterate it is kind of pass/fail like, in that they must complete 6 activities to pass that category, but if they do that minimum, they automatically get the 75%. Any ideas for how to do this kind of tiered system within Grades in Brightspace?

Many thanks for your time and consideration!
Take care,
Natalie

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  • Dmitry.L.956
    Dmitry.L.956 Posts: 47
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    Hello Natalie,
    D2L Brightspace allows assigning weight to grades and grade categories.
    So if these selected activities should sum up to 95% of the total grade, you can create a category for those activities, and make this category equal to 95% of the total grade.
    However, it looks like you would like to implement a different policy, i.e. a specific percentage for a specific number of randomly selected assignments from the category (which is not proportional to their default weight).
    Unfortunately, this feature is not currently implemented in Brightspace.

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  • Natalie.M.650
    Natalie.M.650 Posts: 3 🌱
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    Thanks so much @Dmitry.L.956 ! That is really helpful. I think I will just make the items worth points. So if the students choose to do 5 of the items, each worth 12, they would get a 60% in this category. I think I was overthinking it. Does that make sense on your end?

    Many thanks again for your help!

  • Dmitry.L.956
    Dmitry.L.956 Posts: 47
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    Hello Natalie,
    I apologize for missing your comment while I was traveling (yes, Community gurus happen to travel like other normal people do :) Yes, I completely agree with your comment.