I am trying to use the learning mastery gradebook, and would like to have the final letter grade for the course based on the percent of outcomes mastered (similar to what ActiveGrade does). Is this possible?
By possible, do you mean automatically? If so, I'm pretty sure the answer is no, but there are lots of changes announced last week at the InstructureCon convention that I am not aware of, so someone will probably correct me.
I used mastery learning with my college algebra class in the summer 2016. At the beginning I had lofty-goals based upon something I had heard at a conference I attended. They had to master each topic at least twice to have ti considered mastered. A few weeks in, I realized that we were doing a lot of assessing and not much mastering and I kept on including opportunities to master on new quizzes, but then there was little room left to assess the new material. It was going no where fast. By midterm, I told them that we were totally changing the way it was being done and it would be based on the percent of outcomes they mastered at least once and they were able to do unlimited re-quizzing before or after class. Unfortunately, all of my outcomes had been set up to require mastery at least twice and I wasn't able to go back and change them.
What I ended up doing was writing some code that would pull the results through the API and then put them into a form that would go into a spreadsheet. I just copy/pasted, but other things could have been done with them. I then used Excel to set up a pivot table and provide the percent of the outcomes that were mastered.
All of those daily assessments were in an assignment group that didn't count towards the grade. There was another assignment that was in an assignment group that did. I manually transferred the grades from the spreadsheet into the assignment group, although I could have used a grade export / import loop if I wanted to. Since I only had about 20 students, it was faster to just manually transfer it.
Every week I would move the assignment with their percentage to a zero-weight assignment group and then create a new one in the one that did count with their totals for that week. I also provided them paper copies because it was very confusing to them.
Hopefully things have come a long way since then, but I don't think they have.
I don't use ActiveGrade or know anything about it, so I can't speak to the similarity.
Hello Matt Sahagun...
I noticed that we haven't heard from you since you first posted this question on August 3rd and then received a response from James Jones a day later. So, I thought that I would check in with you. Have you had an opportunity to review James' feedback? If so, did it help to answer your question? Or, are you still looking for some help with your initial question? If you feel that James helped to answer your question, please feel free to mark his answer as "Correct". However, if you are still looking for some assistance with this, please come back to this thread and post a message below so that members of the Canvas Community can continue to help you out. For now, I'm going to mark your question as "Assumed Answered", but that won't keep you or others from posting additional questions/comments below that relate to your original question. I hope that's alright with you, Matt. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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