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If a weighted grade system is being used, categories can be set to have a group of grade items count for a percentage of the overall course grade. In addition, a category can be set to drop the lowest scores on a particular type of assignment, e.g., the lowest quiz score out of 5 quizzes.
If a points-based grade system is being used, e.g., 5 quizzes, 10 weekly discussions, a project that has many components that will be graded separately, etc., categories can be created to organize them and drop the lowest scores within a category.
Once grade categories have been created, grade items can be created or added to them. View Creating Grade Items for more information.
Grades can also be entered directly into the Grades area; view Entering Grades for more information.