Instructors can now use an exemption as a reason why a student has not completed a grade item. Previously, a blank grade could mean the student hasn’t submitted the item, and a zero (0) could mean either exempt, ungraded (when Grades settings are selected to treat ungraded items as 0), or failure. Having a specific exemption setting supports the differentiation for students. Instructors can now exempt numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, calculated, formula, and text item types; however, instructors cannot exempt a student from a final calculated grade or a final adjusted grade.
When an instructor exempts a grade item for a student, the following pages are affected:
The exempt grade tool allows faculty members to exempt grades for students in accordance with their policies. Depending on the grade book set up using the exempt feature will have different outcomes.
In the points set-up using the exempt feature will change the total points a student can earn, and calculate their final grade based upon the new total.
In the weighted set-up the exempt feature will redistribute the exempted weight for the final grade calculation or within a grade category (depending on set-up an item/category exempted). The redistribution will be proportional to the remaining items/categories weight.
We are providing an example of what is happening, however you will not see this visually in your gradebook unless you have only one student enrolled.
After Exemption: The 25 percentage points of Exam 02 is distributed proportionally amongst Exam 01 and the Final Exam. The weight changed on Exam 01 from 25 to 33.33 (8.33 point change) and changed on the Final Exam from 50 to 66.67 (16.67 point change).
Again, you will only see the redistribution of the weighting when a grade is set as Exempt only at the Final Calculated Grade and the Category Subtotal.
The grade exemption workflow in Grades has been updated to allow instructors to exempt learners from multiple grade items at one time, through the use of multi-select check boxes.