Which Final Grade to Release
There are two final grades options in BOLT to release to students:
Final Adjusted Grade
An adjusted final grade uses the calculated grade and allows the instructor to adjust it according to circumstances or their grading policies (such as rounding grades up).
When to use the Adjusted Final Grade:
- You round grades up or down.
- You adjust grades manually to account for items (such as extra credit) not in Grades.
- You need to adjust a final grade for a particular student (you will only need to adjust the particular student’s grade- not all grades).
Final Calculated Grade
A calculated final grade calculates the grade based on what is entered in the grade items in the system. Final grades can’t be manually adjusted. If grades need adjusted, editing grade item scores is the only way to do so.
When to use the Calculated Final Grade:
- You do not round grades up or down.
- You have any extra credit items in Grades and don’t need to manually adjust for them.
- You adjust any student grades in the particular grade item rather than in the final grade.
Please note that you can change which type of final grade to release at any time. You just need to follow the steps to release that type of final grade to make sure you have released it.
For example, if you choose to release the final calculated grade and release it, but later need to release the final adjusted grade and change your Calculation Options setting, you will need to release the final adjusted grade for students to see the final adjusted grade in BOLT.
An “open eye” icon will appear next to the final grade to indicate it is released and visible to students.
(A “closed eye” icon will appear next to the final grade to indicate it isn’t released or visible.)