1. Grader Report Layout
  2. View Tab
    1. Grader Report
    2. Grade History
    3. Outcomes Report
    4. Overview Report
    5. Single View
    6. User Report
  3. Setup Tab
    1. Gradebook Setup
    2. Course Grade Settings
    3. Preferences: Grader Report
  4. Scales
  5. Letters
  6. Import
  7. Export
  8. Key Gradebook Terms

In cuLearn, the Grader Report (gradebook) can be accessed from Grades button in the navigation menu on the left side of your course page.  Your gradebook is where you can add grade items (create columns), enter grades, view course totals and export/import grades.

Grader Report Layout

The layout for the Grader report consists of the tabs listed below. Most grading applications can be accessed from the View or Setup tabs.

See example screenshot of a Grader Report below:

View Tab

From the View tab you can enter (and edit) student grades and view your updated class list. When you click on Grades in the navigation menu, you will automatically be taken to the View tab of the gradebook (See image below).

From the View tab you can access the following:

Grader Report

The cuLearn Grader report is essentially the course gradebook in table format. Here, you will find an updated class list as well as student grades for all assessed cuLearn activities (such as assignments, quizzes, lessons, etc.) you have deployed in your course. cuLearn automatically creates columns for these activities and adds student grades as they are input into the learning environment.

See the Entering Grades page for instructions on entering grades in your Grader Report.

Grade History

The Grade history tab allows you to view a student’s grade history in its entirety, or for select grade items or categories. You also have the option to view assessments graded by specific graders. The Grade history view also enables you to see when an assignment was marked and by whom. It is possible to download the table data in Grade history in a number of different formats, including as .txt, .csv, and .xhtml documents, or as an Excel spreadsheet. To do so, just select the type of file you want and click the Download button.

Outcomes Report

The outcomes function is currently unavailable in cuLearn. Consequently, cuLearn will not be able to generate a report for outcomes despite outcomes report showing as an option.

Overview Report

In Overview report, you can view and access all the courses you teach, just as you would from the Courses by Semester Dashboard block. When you click on a course name, cuLearn redirects you to the User report view of that particular course in gradebook.

Single View

Single View allows instructors to select a specific view of the gradebook by grade item or by student. With the Single view tab open, instructors can select a single Grade item from a drop-down list and view all student grades for that item. Alternatively, instructors can a select a User (i.e. a student) and can view all the grades for that particular student.  For instructions on how to view the gradebook as a student and editing what students can see in their User Report, refer to the User Report page.

User Report

The User report allows you to view student grades as a student would see them. This feature is useful for double checking exactly what grade information is being released to students. See the User Report page for instructions on viewing the gradebook as a student and editing what students can see in their User Report.

Below is an image of a sample User report for an individual student:

Setup Tab

Under the Setup tab you can set up and customize your gradebook.  Here, you can enter weights for each grade item, alter a grade item’s maximum grade (if the grade item was created in the gradebook) and Hide/Show a particular grade item, the course total, or the entire course.

For guidance and instructions on gradebook setup, please go to Set up your gradebook.

From the Setup tab you can access the following:

Gradebook Setup

The Gradebook Setup section of your gradebook allows you to set up the different grade categories and grade items in your course. At the bottom of the gradebook setup page, you can select “Add grade item” to add grade columns for entering grades and “Add category” as a way of grouping columns/grade items together. For instructions on setting up your gradebook, go to Set up your gradebook.

Course Grade Settings

The Course grade settings establish how the gradebook will appear to the students in your course. There are four major gradebook settings that you can customize: General settings, Grade item settings, Overview settings, and User report.

General Settings

  • Aggregation Position: Sets the position for the aggregation total column as first or last.
  • Min and max grades used in calculation: Allows you to determine whether to use the initial minimum and maximum grades from when a grade was determined, or the minimum and maximum grades as specified in the setup for a grade item.
  • Min and max grades used in calculation: Allows you to choose whether to calculate the grade displayed in the gradebook based on the initial minimum and maximum grades from when the grade was given or on the minimum and maximum grades as specified in the settings for a grade item (default).

Grade Item Settings

Grade display type determines how grades appear in the grader and user reports. Options include:

Real (Default) – displays total points received on grade item or category.
Real (percentage) – displays real grade with corresponding percentage in brackets. E.g. 15 (60%) for a grade item with a maximum of 25 points.
Real (Letter) – displays real grade with corresponding letter grade in brackets. E.g. 15 (C-) for a grade item with a maximum of 25 points.
Percentage – displays only the percentage for a grade item.
Percentage (real) – displays the percentage for a grade item with the corresponding real grade in brackets. E.g. 60% (15) for a grade item with a maximum of 25 points.
Percentage (letter) – percentage with corresponding letter grade in brackets.
Letter – letters or words are used to represent a range of grades.
Letter (real) – letter grade with corresponding real grade in brackets.
Letter (percentage) – letter grade with corresponding percentage in brackets.

Overall decimal points: determines how many decimal places will show in the grades.

Overview Report Settings

Show rank: gives you the option to either show or hide the student’s rank or position in relation to the rest of the class in the overview report. The default is to hide this information.

Hide totals if they contain hidden items: enables you to specify whether students can see totals containing hidden grade items or whether those items should be replaced with a hyphen (-). If shown, the total may be calculated either excluding or including hidden items.

User Report Settings

The User report settings give you the option to show or hide a number of different items in the User report, including: rank, percentage, grades, feedback, weightings, average, letter grades, contribution to course total, ranges, hidden items, and totals if they contain hidden items. You can also select the number of decimal points to show in the calculated grades.

Preferences: Grader Report

In the Preferences: Grader Report tab, you have the option to set preferences for the appearance of your gradebook/grader report under the following headings:

  • Show/Hide toggles                                                                 
  • Special Rows                                                         
  • General                                                                       

Some helpful settings here include customizing the number of students displayed per page (Under General), limiting your view to only show actively enrolled users (Under General), or enabling calculations for columns. You can sutomize your settings for the following:

For more details or assistance, please contact edtech@carleton.ca


Under the Scales tab you can view the standard scales available for your course, or create a custom scale (See image below). A scale provides a way of evaluating or grading performance in a course activity. To create a custom scale, click Add a new scale. Your scale should consist of an ordered list of values, ranging from negative to positive, separated by a commas (Ex. Disappointing, Not Good Enough, Average, Good, Very Good, Excellent)


Under the Letters tab you can view and edit the grade ranges that correspond with each letter grade.


Under View you’ll find a table displaying the highest and lowest grades for each letter grade (see image below).


Under Edit, you can click the override site defaults checkbox to override the default grade letters and ranges (see image below). Click Save changes when you have finished editing.                                 


Under the Import tab you can import or paste grades from an Excel spreadsheet into your cuLearn gradebook.  It is not recommended to import from an XML file.

Instructions for Importing Grades


Under the Export tab you can export your grades to an excel spreadsheet, OpenDocument spreadsheet, Plain test file, or XML file.

Instructions for Exporting Grades

Key Gradebook Terms

  • Add grade item
    •  Any piece of work a student submits for assessment or evaluation purposes (that will count toward their final grade) is a Grade item. Grade items can be added directly through the gradebook via the “Grade item” button or by adding activities to the main course page, such as Assignments and Quizzes.
  • Add category
    •  A category can be used to group similar types of assessments in the gradebook. For example, a category might be used to group all course assignments or all journals. Categories can also be used to give options between different types of assignments from which students can choose to complete one or more.  For example, a category might be called, “Project 1” with grade items underneath such as essay, video documentary, and cuPortfolio submission.  Students can then complete one or more of the assignments and the category can be configured to take the highest grade items (and ignore the incomplete options).
  • Weights
    • Each grade item (or category) can be worth a specified percentage/portion of the Course Total.  For example, a midterm exam might be worth 30% of the Course Total; Participation might be worth 10% of the Course Total. Generally, the weights should add to 100 once all grade items are entered in the grade book.  Speak to a member of the Ed Tech team to help configure your weights or to review your setup: edtech@carleton.ca. 
  • Max grade
    • The Max grade indicates the maximum number of points a student can achieve on a given assessment piece (default = 100.0).  The Max grade does NOT have to equal the weight.  For example, a Final Exam might have a grade of 75 points but be worth 50% weighting (of the Course Total). Max grade can be displayed in different ways for different columns.  You can choose to have the Max grade display as a real score, a percentage grade, and/or a letter grade.

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