Configuring graded content in Open edX

Graded Content

How to configure graded content

In Open edX, graded content is set at the subsection level. Here's how to do it:

  1. Find the subsection you want to configure as graded, and click the small configure icon (it looks like a wee cog wheel).
  2. From the Grade as: drop down menu, select the type of graded content you want Open edX to treat this subsection as. (If you haven't yet set up your own grading policy and assignment types, you'll want to do that before you get to this step.)
  3. Click Save

Open edX will now treat all content within this subsection as a knowledge check. This is indicated to both you in Studio and your learners in the LMS.

Studio View

Studio view indicating subsection configured as knowledge check
LMS ViewLMS view showing indicator that subsection is configured as a knowledge check

How grades are calculated from graded content

When a subsection is configured as graded, Open edX will treat the sum total of all problem components in that subsection as one of whatever assignment type you've chosen. This means that regardless of whether or not you have one unit or a hundred units within that subsection, if you tell Open edX that the subsection contains "Homework," the total of all the problem components within all units of that subsection will be considered by Open edX as "1 Homework." This also means that if you have two "Homeworks" of different sizes, the questions in the smaller of the two will effectively be weighted more heavily. 

If you utilize more traditional quizzes or exams as ways of assessing your learners, it's generally a good idea to keep these confined to a single subsection. Within that subsection, you are free to organize the contents of the exam into as few or as many units as possible. If you have a lot of questions, we recommend breaking that up into separate units. This helps Open edX performance and make the experience less daunting for your learner. An example of a quiz outline that is broken up into multiple parts of similar problem types

Graded content helps you and your learners track course progress

The Progress page in an Open edX course shows a learner their grades in all of the graded subsections across the course. Utilizing low-stakes graded content throughout a course can therefore be a great tool to help you see how your learners are progressing through a course. 

An example of a progress page on an Open edX course

For staff, this same information can be seen for all learners in a course by looking at the course gradebook (for smaller courses) or by downloading a grade report