Can I make a quiz, submission folder, or discussion board grade pass/fail?

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Answer: Sort of. You will still need to give students a numeric score on the item, but students will only see the text (i.e. “pass”, “fail’, etc.).


Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Go to your grades area
  2. Go to the Schemes tab
  3. Create a new scheme and title it “Pass/Fail” or “Complete/Incomplete”
  4. Set it up like below:

    –In row 1: this is your incomplete/fail row. You can make it so only students who score 0 get incomplete/fail (as above) or you can change the upper percentage to 50 if you want anyone who scores less than 50% to receive a incomplete/fail.
    –In row 2: this is your complete/pass row. Whatever number you chose as the upper for the incomplete/fail row, the following number will be the lower percentage here.
    ***So in the above example: 0%-0% is incomplete; 1%-100% is complete.
  5. Click Save and Close.
  6. Create a grade item for your quiz/submission/discussion board (Instructions here if needed)
  7. Change the scheme from the default to the new one you just created
  8. Click Save and Close
  9. Create the actual quiz/submission/discussion board
  10. Associate the tool you created in Step 9 with the grade item you created in Step 6-7
  11. Click Save and Close
  12. Go back to the grades area
  13. Click the  icon in the upper right-hand corner
  14. Go to the Org Unit Display Options tab
  15. Check the box next to Grade scheme symbol.
  16. Click Save
  17. Click Close

When you go to grade the item, you will need to provide a numeric score (I usually set them up out of 10). However, the student will see the text that you set up in the grade scheme (Step 4) not the numeric score you give them.

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Hi, I’m Cari! I am one of the eContent Development Assistants for Faculty Instructional Technology Services (FITS) at DePaul University. I’m currently getting my MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse, with an emphasis on teaching writing and rhetoric.

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