Using the gradebook

Gradebook collects all of your assignment grades for all of the course section's students. You can use it to enter and adjust grades, link to individual assignment pages, and link to the Final Grade page.

Get oriented

  • The leftmost column lists the course's active enrolled students. If you've enabled graded assignments for auditors, they'll be there, too.
  • Each student's current final grade (as calculated according to your assignment weighting) displays in the next column.
    • If you have assignments with Release Grades set to No or On Date, you can toggle between showing All grades and Released grades. Your selection will affect how the Final Grade calculation is displayed./li>
  • In between, the assignments display ordered by due date going left to right (if you haven't entered due dates, it'll be ordered alphabetically). Extra credit assignments are shown in green.
  • Scroll left/right through the assignments using the scroll arrows. If this is a cross-listed course, some of the grading fields for some students may be blank. Read more about cross-listing here.
  • Grades for test and attendance assignments automatically appear here as soon as they've been graded elsewhere.
  • At the top you'll find actions for finalizing the course, editing grades, and exporting/importing the gradebook (see below).

Grading assignments

Here's how to grade assignments (or adjust already-entered grades):

  1. Click Edit Grades.
  2. Enter the number of points the student earned in the appropriate grading field.
    • Gradebook automatically calculates your entry into a percent grade. So, if the student earned 42 points on a 50-point test, enter 42, not 84. You can enter up to two decimal places.
    • To excuse a student from an assignment, you can type E in the grading field or leave it blank.
    • A grade of 0 gives the student no credit for the assignment—this will count against his final grade!
    • You can navigate around the fields using your keyboard's arrow keys.
    • So you don't lose your work, Populi automatically saves your grades every five minutes and warns you if you attempt to leave the page without saving your work.
  3. When you're done, click Save Grades.


Before the course is finalized, the Export function creates a spreadsheet of the gradebook including:

  • Student names
  • Individual assignments and any number grades already entered

After the course is finalized, this creates a spreadsheet of the entire gradebook including:

  • Basic course info (Course name and abbreviation, section, term, faculty)
  • Student names
  • Individual assignments and any number grades already entered
  • Final Grade

Import CSV

Before the course is finalized, you can upload a .CSV (MS Access) database into your gradebook. This is useful, for example, when you need to import grades from another grading system (say, a Scantron exam).

  1. Export a gradebook CSV from the other system. Consult that system's documentation to ensure the CSV is formatted thusly:
    • The encoding is one of these formats: Unicode (UTF-8), Western Latin 1 (ISO-8859-1), or Plain Text (ASCII).
    • The assignment names and student names in the CSV match those in the Gradebook exactly(including spelling and order).
    • Your CSV columns must read thus: First Name, Last Name, Assignment name(s).
  2. In Gradebook, click Import CSV.
  3. Upload the file and review the grades.
  4. Click Import to finish.
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