This session, I switched up gradebooks and checked out Engrade. Here’s my brief review:
What I liked:
– It was easy for me to set up an account, and it was easy for my students
– Very intuitive interface
– Easily allows me to do weighted grade categories and add extra credit assignments
– Provides a spreadsheet of grades and students for each class that can be edited without having to leave the page and go to each individual assignment page
– Students can send me a message related to a specific grade/assignment, or I can write my own comments for the students under a specific assignment
– Students get an easy-to-read report of their grades
– Provides a class grade average at the bottom of the gradebook, which was extremely helpful
What I didn’t like:
– I couldn’t find a “student view” page for me so that I could see my student’s grades as they see them (perhaps this exists, but I just didn’t find it?)
– Requires a unique ID number for each student. I understand the reasoning behind this, but it’s really tedious, especially when you’re teaching international students, and just entering their names takes a long time.
And that’s it. Those are the only things I didn’t like, and to be honest, those are minor quibbles. Overall, it’s a fantastic gradebook and it’s free, which makes it even better. It has all kinds of great features I didn’t use, like creating online quizzes, flashcards, and wikis. I feel like I could just host my entire class on this site, instead of having a separate class website and online gradebook.
My grade for Engrade: A