Students and teachers can access real-time, detailed data about student performance, participation and attendance in the Top Hat online gradebook.
Using the Top Hat online gradebook, educators can easily and intuitively manage the grading and evaluation process, ensuring that all students enrolled in a course have an opportunity to succeed and excel in the curriculum. The online gradebook offers various page views that educators and individual students can access to keep on top of progress. Data is synced in real-time, so students and educators always have a current view of performance and can address issues accordingly.
Use the Assign button in the Top Hat online gradebook to make content available to students outside of lectures, as part of their homework. Top Hat’s digital, interactive editor can be used to create and customize textbooks, course packs, worksheets, and other supplemental course material with embedded content and auto-graded questions. Scroll to browse through the questions and see the right answer along with the distribution of student responses. Any time content is presented in class or assigned as homework, that data is pushed to the Top Hat online gradebook so you can always view the information in real-time. Students can see the grading system data, too, but only for assigned material after the schedule has ended or the content has been switched to unassigned status.
In addition to a high-level overview of how an entire class is performing and participating, educators can also dig deeper to get more detailed data, including a breakdown of each question and trends in student responses. If you notice a lot of classmates are selecting the wrong answer, educators can use this information to clear up any misunderstandings. Educators can also access detailed data on individual students using their student ID, including their earned/total correctness and participation, answers they provided, and contact information. Educators can also see each student’s gradebook summary page by simply accessing the students tab below the search bar on the home page. The access helps educators discover granular trends in student performance, like consistently low scores, or a lack of participation.
In addition to educators being able to track student performance using the Top Hat online gradebook, students also have the ability to access their own grading data as well—essentially a 21st-century version of transcripts, or ongoing progress report cards. They can see their current mark in the class, a breakdown of their scores, how the questions are weighted, and the number of correctness and participation points received for each question. Students can also see a course average, and their own correctness and participation percentages for comparison of GPA. This promotes individual accountability and provides real-time transparency around performance. Students can view their entire student records and use the information to be more proactive in addressing issues if they notice they aren’t performing well; be more aware of their participation, and if it’s lacking; and check in frequently to see progress on an ongoing basis and identify discrepancies. Student participation, after all, can be an important indicator of overall engagement with the course material. Students cannot gain access to grading data, it should be noted, until the educator has switched a test, quiz or other piece of course material to unassigned.
An online gradebook is a record used by the school system that contains relevant course material for an educator pertaining to a class. Kept online and requiring a portal login, the data typically includes materials like lesson plans, assignments, student grades and progress. An online gradebook is part of the school community and can essentially function as an unofficial transcript that indicates student performance and grade point average. Typically, an online gradebook can interface with a learning management system that a school board uses, or a student information system. In some cases, such as with Top Hat, an online gradebook also serves as a student portal, allowing the learner, and potentially even his parents if it’s used in a middle school setting, to access his or her individual grades online as well.
Top Hat has an LMS sync functionality built right into the software, so you can import or export grades from other learning management (LMS) systems such as Blackboard, Canvas et al.