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Configuring graded content in Xen.ed

Graded Content

How to configure graded content

In Xen.ed, graded content is set at the subsection level. Here's how to do it:

  1. Find the subsection you want to configure as graded, and click the small configure icon (it looks like a wee cog wheel).

  2. From the Grade as drop-down menu, select the type of graded content you want Xen.ed to treat this subsection as. (If you haven't yet set up your own grading policy and assignment types, you'll want to do that before you get to this step.)

  3. Click Save

Xen.ed will now treat all content within this subsection as a knowledge check. This is indicated to both you in Studio and your learners in the LMS.

Studio View

LMS View 

How grades are calculated from graded content

When a subsection is configured as graded, Xen.ed will treat the sum total of all problem components in that subsection as one of whatever assignment type you've chosen. This means that regardless of whether or not you have one unit or a hundred units within that subsection if you tell Xen.ed that the subsection contains "Homework," the total of all the problem components within all units of that subsection will be considered by Xen.ed as "1 Homework." This also means that if you have two "Homeworks" of different sizes, the questions in the smaller of the two will effectively be weighted more heavily. 

If you utilize more traditional quizzes or exams as ways of assessing your learners, it's generally a good idea to keep these confined to a single subsection. Within that subsection, you are free to organize the contents of the exam into as few or as many units as possible. If you have a lot of questions, we recommend breaking that up into separate units. This helps Xen.ed performance and makes the experience less daunting for your learner.

Graded content helps you and your learners track course progress

The Progress page in a Xen.ed course shows a learner their grades in all of the graded subsections across the course. Utilizing low-stakes graded content throughout a course can therefore be a great tool to help you see how your learners are progressing through a course. 

For staff, this same information can be seen for all learners in a course by looking at the course grade book (for smaller courses) or by downloading a grade report.

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