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checking off to-do list next to calculatorFinals are here, which means grades are due.

We know the end of semester wrap-up always comes so quickly. To help alleviate some stress, we have made available a quick 5-item Gradebook Checklist to help you get your final grades ready!

Final Grades Due in 72 Hours

Don’t forget! All final course grades are due in ConnectCarolina opens in new windowwithin 72 hours after your scheduled final exam. Be sure to follow the University Registrar’s Grading Calendar opens in new window to enter final grades. Remember that you must use VPN for off-campus access and Eduroam for on-campus wireless access to your Grade roster in ConnectCarolina.

1. Verify all grades are entered

There are multiple ways to enter grades:

Note: Teaching Assistants opens in new window should be listed in ConnectCarolina opens in new window to access grades.

2. Check items are included in final grade calculations

Verify appropriate Gradebook Items are counted towards the final grade. If a Gradebook item is not released to students and included in course grade calculations, you will see eye and calculator icons with slashes through them. To include an item in course grade calculations:

  1. Edit the item (down arrow > Edit Item Details)
  2. Check “Release item to students” and “Include item in course grade calculations”
  3. Save Changes

Gradebook eye and calculator icons with slashes through them and down arrow to edit item details

You can also use the “Bulk Edit” button to quickly edit all items at once — new in Sakai 20!

Gradebook bulk edit option

3. Set ungraded items to zero

After entering all scores, finish calculating grades by setting any ungraded items to zero opens in new window to avoid possible grade inflation, as the Gradebook only includes items with scores to calculate the course grade. This will place a “0” in all Gradebook cells that do not have a score.

Note: Setting ungraded items to zero is irreversible.

set score to zero for empty cells in gradebook

4. Release final grades to students

If needed, you can override a student’s final letter grade opens in new window. Once all course grades are finalized, remember to release final course grades opens in new window to students (Settings > Grade Release Rules). You can quickly verify if course grades are hidden from students if you see the eye icon with a slash in the Course Grade column.

Eye icon indicates Course Grade is hidden from students

5. Export & approve final grades for ConnectCarolina

The last step in Sakai is to export final grades, as they must be approved in ConnectCarolina opens in new window. Click on Import / Export > Export Final Grades for ConnectCarolina to open and save a spreadsheet that is formatted to be uploaded into ConnectCarolina. Then go to ConnectCarolina to upload the grades spreadsheet and approve final grades. See the Registrar’s Grading Help on entering final grades opens in new window. Remember you have 72 hours after the scheduled time of your final exam to approve grades in ConnectCarolina!

export final grades to ConnectCarolina in Sakai Gradebook

Contact the ITS Service Desk opens in new window if you have any questions. Good luck with finals!

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