34 Configuring a Chapter as a Graded Activity

This guide chapter will show how instructors can configure a part, chapter, or front/back matter to send a grade report to the gradebook for a Learning Management System. The instructions detailed below will only be valid if your network manager has enabled grade reporting for your book. If you do not see the menus described below, you should check with your network manager to see whether this feature should be available to you.

Creating H5P activities

In order to send a grade report to the LMS, your part, chapter or front/back matter must include at least one graded H5P activity. To see how to create and add H5P activities into your chapter, please see our guide chapter on creating H5P activities here.

Selecting H5P activities for Inclusion in the Grade Report

You can either enable grading for all H5P activities in the chapter, or you can choose the ones you’d like to have graded.

In books where grade reporting has been enabled, you will see an LMS Grade reporting box at the bottom of each chapter, part, or front/back matter content (shown below).

    1. Begin configuring the grade report by entering the ID number for any H5P activity that you wish to include in the grade report for that part, chapter, or front/back matter (note that the H5P activity in question must be in the chapter) and press the ‘Add’ button.

      You can add (or remove) as many activities to the Grade Report as you like.
    2. When adding H5P activities to your grade report, you may see an empty value for the Max Score and an ‘Update’ button in the next column.

      This happens when the activity you’ve entered is ungraded or has not been previously attempted by a logged in user. To make sure that your activities all have the expected max score available, you should attempt each of the chapter’s H5P activities at least once as a logged in user, either from the chapter content itself or from the H5P Content menu in the book dashboard. Once you’ve attempted an activity, return to the LMS Grade Reporting interface and click the Update button for the activity in question.

      Once you’ve done this, the max score for that activity will be updated in the LMS Grade Reporting view as seen below:

      If you have edited an H5P activity in a way that would change the activity’s overall max score, you should also reattempt the revised activity and update the Max Score using the same process.
    3. Once you’ve added the activities for which you want to include as part of the grade report, you can set optional Beginning and Ending Dates for grade collection. The beginning date is the first date for which attempts on activities in this chapter will be included in grade reporting calculations. If a beginning date is set, no attempts made prior to this date will be included in the grading report. The ending date is the final date for which attempts on activities in this chapter will be included in grade reporting calculations. If a final date is set, no attempts made after this date will be included in the grading report.
    4. You can also select your desired Grading Scheme. Available choices include Average attempt, Best attempt, First attempt, or Last attempt.
    5. Once you have configured the grade report settings as desired for your part, chapter, or front/back matter, click Save as you would normally on the right hand side of the page.

As an example, this is what a completed form could look like. Note that, in this example, there is a third quiz in the content, but it wasn’t selected to be included in this chapter’s grade report. This was done purposefully to show that you can pick and choose which H5P activities you wish to have graded. Please note, however, that an activity must already be included in a saved version of the chapter to be listed in the grade report.

Once you have finished configuring the chapter and grade reporting settings, you can copy the Launch URL for the activity (found near the top of the table):

Follow the specific instructions for your individual LMS to complete the configuration of this chapter as a graded activity in your course.

Specify as Assignment and Set Point Value (Canvas Only)

The Canvas LMS allows tool providers (like Pressbooks) to identify an activity as an assignment and specify a grade value to be included in the Common Cartridge (with LTI links) export file. Using this feature can save you a lot of time if you’re working on a book with several chapters that you’d like to assign for a grade in a course you’re teaching in Canvas.

To designate the chapter as a graded assignment, select Designate this content as an assignment (Canvas only) at the bottom of the box, below Grading Scheme. Once selected, you can select the point value this assignment will have upon import by entering a number on Points possible (Canvas Only). Note that the point value you set here can be changed or adjusted following import, just like any other external tool assignment in Canvas.

Once you’ve made changes to these values for one or more chapters, you should be ready to produce a Common Cartridge with LTI links (Canvas) export and import your book into Canvas!


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