Linking an assignment to the Gradebook

Assignments cannot transmit non-calculated grades to the Gradebook tool.

In Assignments, instructors have two options for creating an initial relationship between an assignment and a Gradebook item:

In general, choosing Add Assignment to Gradebook is the simplest option because you can enter and edit assignment grades in one place (in the Assignments tool), and they will display both there and in the Gradebook.

However, for percentage gradebooks, you may want to associate the assignment with an existing gradebook item, because this will give you flexibility in setting the relative weight for the gradebook items.

These recommendations are based on the following issues regarding the relationship between the Assignments and Gradebook tools:

Using the Add Assignment to Gradebook option

Note: The limitations of using this option are that you can't use the Gradebook to override an assignment grade, and you must make any changes to settings, as well as any grade changes, in the Assignments tool. An additional limitation with percentage gradebooks is that you cannot set the item's relative weight to any value other than 1.

Using the Associate with existing Gradebook assignment option

Note: The biggest disadvantage of using this option is that if you want to edit settings, you must make the changes in both the Assignments and Gradebook tool. The advantage is that you can use the Gradebook to override an assignment grade, though the change won't be reflected in the Assignments tool. For percentage gradebooks, this method is recommended because it allows you to choose the item's relative weight.

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