[LON-CAPA-users] CourseWeaver? Feedback needed!

Gerd Kortemeyer korte at lite.msu.edu
Mon Jan 14 18:01:22 EST 2013


On Jan 14, 2013, at 5:27 PM, "Carl Lira" <lira at egr.msu.edu> wrote:

> I have looked at the conversion table. I am not sure how to interpret the gradebook comments on the conversion table regarding spreadsheets. I interpret that the spreadsheet operations would be replaced by bundling options within the new gradebook for category weights. This is good.


> I agree with the comment that exporting of scores should still be supported for those that want to do grading with their own spreadsheet – though I would not want to do that myself. Students want to see how they are doing and it is easiest in the online environment to comply with FERPA. I like to save my scores after the course is over in the event that I need to write recommendations for students, and I do that with spreadsheets.

Download continues to be available.

> In terms of lon-capa documentation, I am a newbie to lon-capa, and one of the barriers to the documentation was understanding the structure and the ‘big picture’. For example, in the grade book documentation, on pg 49, the discussion starts by assuming that the instructor is ready to start entering grades, and that the instructor has already created the upload forms.  A short paragraph about the default structure of lon-capa (everything one point) and everything in one category would have been helpful. Also, as I understand the grade book, lon-capa problems or a score upload forms for content must be included in the course content folders to have an item appear in the gradebook. (simple concept, but not documented that I could find).

We'll keep that, but add the ability to generate these "score forms" directly from inside the grade book.

> The terminology ‘score upload form’ unfortunately does not convey that it can be used for manual grading. A more general term like ‘score form’ would be more clear to newbies.

Not many people actually read documentation to begin with. 

> About the grade book, the ability to drop the lowest x scores from a category is important to include.

There's the draft at


- but my attempt to implement it inside LON-CAPA failed - it was too slow.

- Gerd.

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