Add a Graded Assignment

Add a Graded Assignment

A graded assignment is used for assignments that will be assigned a score. For example, this type of assignment is useful for projects that are delivered in class, such as a poster on a subject or a presentation.

Graded Assignments create a place in the Gradebook for you to record the student’s score.

All additions to the course are made in the Syllabus window.


In the section of the Syllabus to which you want to add the assignment, click the Add button, and then click Assignment. The Assignment box displays.


Enter a Title for the assignment. The Title will display in the student's course outline.


Enter a Description to display in the Course viewer


Add an attachment, if desired.


To specify a due date date, check the Due date and time box and then click a date to select a due date for the assignment. You may also specify a time. The due date will prompt the student on the student’s home page as the date approaches. By default, the value in the Due date and time calendar determines when the assignment will be submitted. Once the Due date and time have passed, the Submit button will no longer be active on the student's assignment page. If you want to assign a due date, which will remind students about the assignment, but still allow students to submit the assignment after that date (and time), click the Allow late submissions button.

Course authors can specify a grace period for activities that have due dates so that students can submit after the due date but not after the grace period has expired. You can select a grace period of days, hours, or minutes, depending on the assignment.


Click to place a check in the Add to Gradebook checkbox.


From the Category list, select the grade category for this assignment. Grade categories are set up for the section and course in the syllabus. They either determine how the assignment will be weighted as it is calculated into the student's grade, or they serve as a grouping for your gradeable activities if the weighting feature is not used. For more information categories, including how to configure categories for a course or section, please refer to the Additional Information at the bottom of this page.

You can also specify the number of points possible for this assignment. This number displays on the Grading page for the assignment when you enter the student's grade. For example, if you specify 120 in this field, the Grading page will display ______ / 120 points.

You may also designate this assignment as extra credit.


The Score entry list allows you to specify the default entry method for entering a score in the gradebook for this assignment. The options for scoring include:

  • Points. Allows you to enter the score for the assignment in points.
  • Rubric. Allows you to enter the score the assignment through a rubric. For more information about rubrics and adding a rubric, please refer to the Additional Information at the bottom of the page.
  • Percentage. Allows you to enter the score for the assignment as a percentage.
  • Letter Grade. Allows you enter the score for the assingment as a Letter grade. If you select this option, specify the Grade scale to be used.


dropbox type

Choose the type of online student submission from the Student dropbox list:

  • Single document. Students can submit free-form notes and a single attached document.
  • Multiple document. Students can submit multiple documents to a single assignment.
  • Web address or URL. Students can submit free-form notes and a web-site address (URL).
  • Document template. You specify a document template, which students must edit and re-submit. They can also submit free-form notes with the document.
  • Notes only. Students can submit free-form notes only.


To restrict score visibility by date (For example, if you want all grades to be available to the students at the same time-rather than as you grade them), click to place a check in the Restrict access by datecheckbox and specify the date and time when you would like the score to become visibile.


BrainHoney allows you to configure Grading categories that enhance group learning. One of the options that you may assign to a category is to automatically drop the lowest grade (or a specified number of grades). The Score can be dropped option controls whether the score for this assignment to be dropped if this assignment has been assigned to a category that has been configured to drop the lowest grade.

If the Include in final grade option is not selected, the grade will display in the Gradebook and on the Student's grading page, but will not be calculated into the student's final grade average.

To make a passing score on the assignment a requirement to pass the course, check the Passing score required for course credit box.

To treat all unscored assignments as zero, check the Treat unscored as zero checkbox. This will ensure that any students who fail to submit anything for this assignment will receive a zero for the grade.

The Passing score percentage is the minimum passing score for this activity. The default value in this field is determined in the Course/Section settings window. This setting also controls the color display of grades in the Gradebook; grades below the number specified here will display in red, while grades equal to or above this score will display in green. To override the default Course passing score percentage for this assignment, enter the new Passing score

The number specified in the Minimum points possible controls the minimum number of points that should be given to a student on the assignment. If the grader assigns a value below that number, he/she will be warned that the grade falls below the minimum points possible on the assignment.


To enable or disable the item from visibility in the table of contents, check or uncheck Visible in the table of contents.

To enable or disable the item from visibility to the student, check or uncheck Visible to students. Then specify the criteria by which you would like to restrict visibility by (either by date or by mastery).

Check the Restrict visibility by date or Restrict visibility by mastery checkboxes to restrict students from seeing the assignment until certain criteria have been met. One or both of the boxes can be checked simultaneously.

All assignments may be password protected in BrainHoney. To password protect an assignment, enter a password in the Password field.


Completion of an assignment may be determined by a returned score on an assignment, or by a passing returned score on an assignment. To set completion criteria specify the desire setting in the Mark as completed when the student box.

Check the Student must complete before continuing checkbox to ensure that students complete this assignment before being allowed to move on to the following assignment.


All the objectives for this section of the syllabus are selected for this activity by default. Review the objectives to ensure that they apply to the assignment. If any do not apply, click to place a check in the Refine Objectives box, and then remove the check from any objectives that do not apply.


In addition to setting an assignment's location in the syllabus, Authors may want to move an assignment to a new module from the item settings page. To move the assignment to a different module, select the appropriate module from the Module drop-down box.

The item ID of the assignment (automatically generated by BrainHoney) may be viewed and edited by selecting Change Item ID.