The grade book we are all familiar with was simply a book where all students’ grades were recorded.
Here is how the Oxford Dictionary describes it
A book in which marks for a student’s work are recorded.Example sentences
‘teachers were asked to provide copies of grade books and lesson plans’
‘his high school grade book is dotted with ‘excellent’ marks’
‘But the only source of information I had about the student was my grade book.’
‘Grades are automatically recorded and transferred to the course grade book.’
Even in its simplest traditional form, with pen and paper, the grade book was a nexus of education, a direct window into the learning process.
It’s the one book that the teachers always kept by their side, never letting it off their eyes. And how could they, it was and still is, perhaps the most important tool of their trade.
And it certainly was the book that students dreaded the most. Who here hasn’t tried to peak into their teacher’s grade book? And I know a couple of folks from my days back in school who would happily make it disappear.
A well-kept grade book is a catalyst for learner success. This is where a teacher can “measure” and visualize the progress students make, either as a class/cohort or as individuals. This is where misconceptions and common mistakes can be quickly identified and corrected. This is where crucial teaching decisions are being made by the teacher and feedback for each person is being determined.
And these actions have to take place sometimes dozens of times every week or even every day. In today’s fast-paced world, students demand instantaneous feedback so that they can adapt their study methods and goals. The grade book should be a productivity tool, helping teachers get rapid bird-eye views of student progress and offer timely and accurate feedback that will increase learner achievement and satisfaction. And this is what we decided we wanted to give you.
Designing a GradeBook for today’s online instructor
Over the past few years here at LearnWorlds, thousands upon thousands of quizzes and exams have been submitted by students and corrected by instructors. This is one of the most heavily utilized features of LearnWorlds, much more than what we anticipated when we initially designed the feature.
So we took a step back and asked ourselves, how should a present-day grade book look like? How can we help instructors be more productive and effective in their teaching, never missing a bit and always be in control of their teaching? How can we make sure that even in a massive online school, the teachers can have a simple, yet fast and accurate tool to optimize their work?
Well, over the past couple of months, our team has extensively gone through tons of feedback received from some of the heaviest users of the LearnWorlds platform, and they’ve seen numerous implementations of the grade book. We analyzed, categorized, re-arranged, approved and rejected features and suggestions. And then we coded, designed, optimized, tested, and refined our take on the Grade Book.
And today I am proud to introduce you to the result of our work, the updated LearnWorlds Grade Book that will help you harness the power of assessment and feedback for the benefit your students and your online school.
With the new Grade Book, teachers still get an accurate birds-eye view of every assessment associated with an online course. With a single glance, you can see how the cohort is faring as a whole, which students excel, who is falling behind and you will be able to react and take back control. Assessment data can be overwhelming but not when you have your trusted LearnWorlds GradeBook at your side.
Presenting the LearnWorlds GradeBook
Now a LearnWorlds teacher can do so much more in the Grade Book, like.
1Editing the Grades
Edit every grade for every student. After a student takes a test, you can change the score with a simple click of a button, giving you better control of your gradebook. Would you like to give a bonus for an offline assignment? This is you chance!
Reset specific tests and exams thus allowing a student to re-take a test (i.e. in case there was a technical glitch that prevented the student from completing the test correctly). The instructor can even delete or edit individual test attempts, correcting the record where this needs to be done.
3View Students’ Answers
View the answers of each individual student for each individual test. This is an absolute power tool of educational assessment, allowing for deep drilling down into the smallest detail of a student’s interaction with an online course and unprecedented access into their understanding.
4Export Answers, Grades and Tries
All those tries and answers can be exported (in excel or CSV format) for further processing and analysis.
And at any time you can export all students grades, attempts, and answers, in an excel or CSV file, for further analysis and processing
5Delete or Re-Issue Certificates
Heck, you can even delete and re-issue Certificates for students, either because you need to correct a name, grade or typo, or simply because you want to use a new template for your certificate.
I am probably forgetting something but here is a Help Center article prepared by our stellar team who does a much better job than me in explaining and helping you squeeze every little drop of value from our platform.
Stay tuned because more good stuff will follow soon
And remember, LearnWorlds gets better every single day.
Panos Siozos is the CEO and Co-Founder of LearnWorlds. He holds a PhD in Educational Technology and has worked extensively as a computer science educator, software engineer, IT manager and researcher in many EU funded research projects. Before following the startup route, he was working in the European Parliament as a policy adviser for research and innovation.