Non-Graded Assignments: How They are Seen by Students and Faculty

Document created by Ken Black Expert on Aug 2, 2016Last modified by Ken Black Expert on Nov 1, 2016
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The newly-introduced feature of Final Grade Exclusion in the August 6, 2016 Release Notes prompted me to create a table that illustrates what faculty and students will see not only with the new feature, but with the existing features of creating various non-graded assignments.  With a bit of prompting from the great Stefanie Sanders to create this document in a group after my comments in the Release Notes, the table below shows the differences between making an assignment worth 0 points, making an assignment not graded, and (last but not least!) the new ability of not counting towards the final grade.


I have also added a Word document as an attachment at the end, which you are welcome to use within your own documentation for faculty. It (barely) fits onto one page.  Corrections/suggested changes are always welcome!  In fact, it was thanks to the (also great!) Erin Hallmark for guiding me to the correct information in the last column (the To Do list), as originally suggested by Aimee Denoyelles


Update - November 1, 2016

Courtesy of the Production Release on October 29, 2016, ALL assignments with a due date will now appear on the student's To Do list.  The table below has been updated accordingly.  (Not the attached document--yet!)


Type of Assignment and other Details

Does it appear as a Gradebook column (for instructor)?

Does it appear on the Syllabus page (for students)?

Is it listed on the Assignments page (for students)?

Will it appear on student's To Do list for the class?

Worth 0 points with Display Grade as set to points

Yes, but any score other than 0 would essentially count as extra credit towards the student's final grade. Comments can be added.


Yes, with points listed as -/0 pts

Yes; all assignments with a due date will appear on the To Do list.

Worth 0 points with Display Grade as set to Not Graded

No; therefore, no comments easily seen since it will not be listed in the student's view of Grades, either.  (Interestingly, assignment is still accessible via the SpeedGrader on the Assignments page, so a Comment could conceivably be left that is sent to student's Inbox IF the student looks under the "Submission Comments" drop-down menu.  This is not recommended, however!)


Yes, with nothing listed in the points column.

Yes; all assignments with a due date will appear on the To Do list.

Worth xx points with Display Grade as set to points, but with checkbox for Do not count this assignment towards the final grade enabled

Yes, but any score entered would not count.  Student will see any point value, but with a "warning" icon next to it. When clicked, icon indicates assignment is not counted towards final grade.  Any comments left by instructor CAN be viewed.


Yes, and if points were given it will be listed at full value:  -/15 pts, for example.  Student must click on assignment to see message that it is not counted towards the final grade.

Yes; all assignments with a due date will appear on the To Do list.


Last edit: 8/2/2016-10:00 a.m. CDT

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