OnCourse has three grading methods available to teachers. The “Weight/Points” method allows teachers to apply weights to their grade book categories, while also weighing individual assignments based on their maximum point value. The following guide shows you how to make best use of this grading method.

**1**

Above your grading grid, select the “Weight/Points” grading method.

**2**

When adding categories, apply weights as desired.

**3**

OnCourse assumes your categories will add up to 100%, so you don’t need to explicitly weigh each category. In the screenshot, Classwork, Homework, and Tests/Projects add up to 60%. OnCourse automatically weighs Quizzes and Presentations at 20% each (Extra Credit is a nonweighted by default).

**4**

Now you can begin adding assignments.

**5**

When adding assignments, carefully consider the maximum point value. This value will determine the assignment’s weight within it’s category.

**6**

As you add assignments, you will see the “% of Category” field adjust accordingly.

## Comments

4 comments

Curious why you would automatically apply a certain weight to something when it should be totally at the teacher's discretion as to what category is worth how much weight. By putting in the weights I want, does that over-ride the randomly selected weights that you for some reason feel they should be? If not, how can that be done?

Categories will always add up to 100%, so you don’t need to explicitly weigh each category. If you choose to manually add a weight to a category, the remaining weight will be automatically distributed between the remaining categories.

For example, if there are four categories, each is weighted at 25% and you manually change one of the categories to weight 40%, the remaining 60% will be evenly distributed among the remaining three categories (20% each). The total percentage always adding up to 100%.

Does OnCourse allow you to see or add fields that denote a) total points possible and b) total points earned?

The Weight/Points method allows teachers to apply weights to their grade book categories, while also weighing individual assignments based on their maximum point value.

If you choose the Points grading method, you will see total points received over total points possible in the Total Possible Points column. Please refer to the attached screenshot.

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