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While wet snow accumulated outside, the flakes drifting down into minor accumulations and luminous white, I sat inside, battling WebCT.

You see, the online environment in which I teach has a way of setting up grading forms, and a way of assigning a grading method to an assignment, but it wasn't giving me the option of choosing "grading forms" as my grading method for the assignments I wanted to grade. There isn't nearly enough redundancy in WebCT, so I figured I was overlooking the right menu for the button. I downloaded the manual, all eight parts, and searched. But no... grading forms weren't even mentioned in the manual.

A web search eventually yielded minorly helpful documents, enough to keep me going a little further. Eventually, baffled, I tried making a new assignment - and behold, there was "grading forms" as a grading option. I resigned myself to doing without the forms for existing assignments and replacing all the not-yet-done ones with new, correctly done replacements. I decommissioned the old versions of the assignments by unchecking all the boxes which would make them interact with the rest of the site. At one point, I accidentally went back into an old version instead of its replacement - and there was the grading forms option. I didn't have to replace them all after all!

And that's how I found out that if I want to switch the grading method of an existing assignment to use grading forms, I must first mark the assignment as "Not gradeable", save and exit, reopen the assignment, and choose my grading option of choice.

My next complaint is that it won't let me put in negative numbers in the grading sheet.... but I don't think there's a workaround for that one. I'll have to manually track deductions instead.


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Feb. 9th, 2007 02:35 am (UTC)
Negative numbers! My undergraduate heart skipped a beat there :D
Feb. 9th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
It's more sensible than you're thinking! I've promised them that I'll deduct a certain percentage per day late on an assignment. As is, I'll have to keep track of the late penalties separate from the grades I give them, which is inconvenient.
Feb. 9th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
"Promised" makes it sound like a reward. Let's say instead that I've commited to late penalties.
Feb. 9th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
OTOH, you could just post the grade less the penalty.
Feb. 10th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)
I can't, since I'm using a grading sheet for the assignment. This is why I wanted negative numbers, so I could build in the late penalty options. Using a grading sheet means I can ONLY use the grading sheet to produce grades for that assignment within WebCT.

So unless I gratuitously subtract it from irrelevant categories... I'm stuck keeping track of the penalties separately.
Feb. 9th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
Did I already mention how I despise WebCT?
Feb. 9th, 2007 03:06 pm (UTC)
No, really? You do?
Feb. 9th, 2007 04:04 pm (UTC)
I hates WebCt with a passion.
AND We are not going to be using it any more after next year! YAY!!!! We are going to a combination of D2L (for those who want things easy and done for you) or Moodle (for the tech-heads like me).

Did I say - YAAAYYY!!!!!
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