Setting Up The Gradebook


  • Getting to the Grade Book Setup Page
  • Using Weights (Optional)
  • Adding Individual Entries to Your Grade Book
  • Organizing Grade Book Entries with Categories (Optional)

Getting to the Grade Book Setup Page

From your course homepage,  select Grades under “Course Administration” in the “Administration” block.


Select Setup from the tabs at the top of the grade book and Gradebook Setup beneath the tabs.


Using Weights (Optional)

By default, your grade book is set up to simply add all the points available for a final total; it does not apply percentages to weight some grades more than others. If you want to add weights, you will need to display this column in your set up.HERE’S HOW: 

Under “Grades” and then the “Setup” tab, find the name of the course at the top of the page, select the Edit link to its right and then choose Edit Settings.


Then, under the top section called “Grade Category,” click the “Aggregation” dropdown and select “Weighted Mean of Grades,” then save changes. You will now have a Weight column available in your setup screen. Enter the desired weights as needed.

For more detailed information on aggregation options, visit

Adding Individual Entries to Your Grade Book

You can enter as many graded items to the grade book as you wish. (Note: Adding graded activities to your main course page such as quizzes, exams, papers, etc., will automatically add these items to your grade book.)


To add an item to be graded, select Add grade item at the bottom of the page.


You will be redirected to the “Grade Item” screen, where you can adjust the settings of the grade item. Click Save Changes when you’re done.


Organizing Grade Book Entries With Categories

You need categories to lump individual grade items together. For example, use categories when you want to weight a group of items (i.e., numerous quizzes count together for 20% of the final grade), or when you want to “drop the lowest” grade in a group.


Scroll to the bottom of the setup page and click Add Category.


You will be directed to an Add Category screen, where you have a variety of options:

Grade category: Naming categories names such as compositions, assessments, and participation can be a helpful way of organizing grade entries. Aggregation allows you to sort grades.

Category total: Here you can adjust settings for the category. You can set a grading scale, a range of grades for the category and choose whether or not to display the category. (Tip: Leaving this at 100 is highly recommended.)

Parent Category: You can organize entire categories as well as grade entries. Creating a parent category is a way to group certain categories together (this is helpful with adding a scale to your grades). For example, you could create a Parent Category called Assessments and file the sub-categories Quizzes and Exams under it.

Click Save changes when you are done creating your grade category.

Adding Grades

Now that you’ve set up your grade book, you’re ready to add grades. In your Grader report, select the View tab, and below that Grader Report if you haven’t done so already.


Turn editing on in the top right hand corner of your screen.


Once you’ve turned editing on, you will be able to enter grades for all your students under each of the grade items.


In the blank white boxes, enter your grades. For adding feedback, click the gear icon above the white grading box. GoucherLearn will automatically calculate the course total based on the grades you enter. When you’ve finished, select Save Changes.