Educators

A reference guide for Educators using Connect at TAFE Queensland.

Using grade exemptions

About grade exemptions

Using grade exemptions, an educator can provide an implicit reason why a learner does not have a score for a grade item. A blank grade or a zero (0) grade can mean that the learner hasn't submitted the item, that the item has not been graded, or that the learner has failed the item. Having an exemption setting supports the differentiation for a legitimate exemption.

Educators can exempt numeric, selection box, pass/fail, calculated, formula, and text item grade item types; however, educators cannot exempt a learner from a final calculated grade or final adjusted grade.

When an educator exempts a grade item for a learner, the following pages are affected:

The process that exports and imports grade data includes exemptions. Post-processing during the import of grade data can differentiate between a learner with a grade, without a grade, and with an exemption. If you change the value that identifies an exemption to the import process after educators have set export file values to depend on a particular value, such as the word Exempt, there may be unexpected results in the imported grade exemptions.

Setting a grade item exemption for a learner

  1. From the Grade Item page, select the check box beside the learner's name.
  2. Above or below the table, click Exempt.
  3. Click Save and Close.

Removing an exemption for a learner

  1. From the Grade Item page, select the check box beside the learner's name.
  2. Above or below the table, click Unexempt.
  3. Click Save and Close.

Setting multiple grade item exemptions for a learner

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click on the learner's name.
  2. From the context menu of the learner's name, select Bulk edit exemptions.
  3. On the Edit Grade Exemptions page for the learner, select the check boxes of the grade items that you want to exempt the learner from.
  4. Click Save and Close.

How grade exemptions affect calculations

Grade exemptions affect any calculation that depends on the values of the constituent grade items.

Category scores that include exemptions

For category scores, grade exemptions affect the scores as follows:

Calculated grade items that include exemptions

For calculated grade item scores, grade exemptions affect the scores as follows:

Formula grade items that include exemptions

For formula grade items, grade exemptions affect the scores as follows:

The following table describes the updated evaluation rules for formulas:

Evaluation Rule

Result

For Single grades

 

If a grade item is exempt

Null

If a grade item has no value, and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

Null

If grade item has no value, and Treat Ungraded Items as 0 is turned on

0

If a grade item has a value

[value]

Addition/Subtraction (+/-)

 

If both sides are exempt

Null

If one side is exempt and the other side has no value, and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

Null

If one side is exempt and the other side has no value, and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

0

If both sides are empty, and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

Null

If both sides are empty, and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

0

If one side has a value

(+/-) [Value]

Multiplication/Division (*//)

 

If either side is exempt

Null

If either side is empty, and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

Null

If either side is empty, and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

0

If both sides have a value

[Result]

Equality (=)

 

If both sides are exempt

True

If both sides are empty and Drop Ungraded items is turned on

True

If both sides are empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

True

If both sides have different values

False

If one side is exempt and the other side is empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

False

If one side is exempt and the other side has a value

False

Inequality (<>)

 

If both sides are exempt

False

If both sides are empty and Drop Ungraded items is turned on

False

If both sides are empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

False

If both sides have different values

True

If one side is exempt and the other side is empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

True

If one side is exempt and the other side has a value

True

Greater/Less than (>/<)

 

Both sides have values

Appropriate True/False

If one side is exempt

False

If one side is empty and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

False

If one side has a value and the other side is empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on

Appropriate True/False

Greater/Less Than or Equal (>=/<=)

 

Both sides have values

Appropriate True/False

If both sides are exempt

True

If both sides are empty and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

True

If one side has a value and the other side is exempt

False

If one side has a value and the other is empty and Drop Ungraded Items is turned on

False

If one side has a value and the other side is empty and Treat Ungraded Items as Zero is turned on.

Appropriate True/False

Final Grades that include exemptions

For final grade items, grade exemptions affect the scores as follows:

Viewing grade item statistics that include exemptions

Grade item exemptions appear in class statistics and are removed from statistic calculations.

Viewing grade category statistics that include exemptions

On the Class Statistics tab, learners who are exempted from all item in a category are handled as follows:

When exempted from all items in a category, the learner appears as Exempt on the User Statistics page. Otherwise, the category reflects the appropriate calculations which account for the exemptions.

How grade exemptions affect release conditions

Educators can set release conditions to release new content to learners after a grade item is complete. Since grade exemptions do not count as a completed grade item nor do they count as an incomplete grade item, there are two release conditions that are effected by exemptions:

These release items respect the exemption and do not trigger on the presence of a grade exemption. For example, if a Grade Value on grade item condition is set on a content item, a user who is exempt from the grade item listed in the release condition will not have access to the content.