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Accessing Grades

Access the Grades tool by clicking the Evaluation link group on the default Course Home navbar and selecting Grades.

Image of the default course nav bar with the evaluation menu expanded and grades selected

The Grades tool acts as the D2L Gradebook for your course. Create grade items to track student performance. Create grade categories to organize your gradebook items.


The Enter Grades screen presents your course gradebook in a spreadsheet layout. This page supports two different views: The Standard View, which requires you to open a grade item before you are able to enter grades, and the Spreadsheet View, which presents all grade columns as open textboxes so that you can enter student grades directly on the spreadsheet. Toggle between these two views by using the View button located on the far right of your screen.

The Enter Grades Screen

The Enter Grades Screen

The Enter Grades Screen is broken into three main sections: action buttons, filtering options, and the actual grading spreadsheet.

Image of the Enter Grades screen of the gradebook

The three action buttons: Import, Export, and More Actions, are used to manipulate the look and content of your gradebook. Information on Importing and Exporting your gradebook can be found in later sections of this documentation.

image of the action buttons on the enter grades screen: import, export, and more actions.

  • More Actions: Hide/Show Columns - The Hide/Show columns function within the More Actions button holds the ability to show or surpress grading columns from your gradebook spreadsheet. Note that this action affects only visibility. Showing and hiding grade columns do not affect the calculation of a student's grade. From the Hide/Show window, simply uncheck the columns you wish to hide from view.

    Image of the Show/Hide Columns popup window

  • More Actions: Event Log - View the Gradebook-level event log ti view tracking information about the creation and deletion of grade items and categories. Note that if you want to view item-specific information, you must view the event log found within the particular item.

The Enter Grades screen has two different viewing modes: Standard View and Spreadsheet View.

Image of the Enter Grades screen with the Switch to button highlighted

  • Standard View displays a spreadsheet of your gradebook items and categories. To enter grades in Standard View, you must first open an item by selecting Grade All from that item's context menu.

    Image of the Enter Grades screen in Standard View

  • Spreadsheet View also displays your a spreadsheet of your gradebook items and categories, but in this view, all grading items are open.

    Image of the Enter Grades screen in Spreadsheet View

By default, the D2L Gradebook displays the first 10 students in a particular course. Use the filtering options to view a select group or section of student within your course. Additionally, use the Search For textbox to display a single student's grades. View additional search options by clicking the Show Search Options hyperlink to expand detailed search parameters.

Image of the search options within the Enter Grades screen

 

If using a Weighted gradebook, D2L will display any calculation errors in the Note section. To resolve these issues, visit the Manage Grades screen and edit the appropriate item(s) or category.

Example of a gradebook note.

 

Enter Grades for a Single Grade Item

To Assign Grades for a Single Grade Item

  1. From the Enter Grades screen, select Grade All from the context menu of the item.

    Image of the context menu of a grade item (properties, edit, grade all, statistics, event log.)

  2. You can enter general comments for the grade item in the Overall Comments text field. Overall comments will be displayed to all users who see this item in their grade book

    Image of the Overall Feedback box for a grade item.

  3. Enter student grades. Depending on the type of item you are grading, you will see different options:
    1. If you are grading a Numeric grade item, enter a numeric grade value for each student in the Grade column.

      image of a numeric grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    2. If you are grading a Selectbox grade item, select the appropriate grade range from the Grade drop-down list for each student. Each grade range is associated with an Assigned Value (set up in the Grade Scheme), and where no Assigned Value has been added the value is the starting percentage for the range.

      image of a Selectbox grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    3. If you are grading a Pass/Fail grade item, select the appropriate option from the Grade drop-down list for each student. The options are Pass or Fail.

      image of a Pass/Fail grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    4. If you are grading a Text gradebook item, enter the text into the Grade field.

      image of a text grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

  4. Click the Feedback icon to enter individualized feedback. The Grade Feedback page displays, where you can type Feedback for the student to view along with their grades. You can also type Private Comments that will not be visible to the student
  5. Click on the Event Log icon to see all recorded events concerning this user and grade item.
  6. There are also icons on the top of the page that allow you to perform various functions:

    Image of the Grade Item Action buttons (grade, clear, email).

    1. Click Grade to enter the same grade value for all selected users.
    2. Click Clear to remove all previously entered grades for all selected users for this grade item.
    3. Click Email to email all selected users.
  7. Be Sure to Save when Finished
Import Grades

Import Grades from a CSV File

Use a CSV file to update your gradebook. If your current workflow includes keeping your students' grade in an excel file, generate a CSV file to update your students' grade in D2L.  D2L provides a sample file to use as a template for formatting your CSV file. Download this template and reference it for the specific formatting details.

Image of the Import Grades screen.

At the most basic level, your CVS file should include:

  1. A Student's E#
  2. The Grade Item Name followed by "Points Grade" (i.e. Quiz 1 Points Grade)
  3. A Student's Numeric Grade
  4. An End of Line Indicator (#)

Constructing a CSV File

  • Line 1 of your CSV file should call out the Column Headings of your gradebook:

OrgDefinedId, Grade Item Name 1 Points Grade, Grade Item Name 1 Points Grade, End-of-Line Indicator

  • Line 2 - X of your CSV file should contain the relevant student information that relates to the column headings, separated by commas:

E123456789, Example Quiz 2, 9,#E987654321, Example Quiz 2, 8.5,#

 

  • Save your file as a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file. You may perform this action with Excel, notepad, or any other document processing software.

Uploading The CSV File

After you have created your CSV file, you can navigate back to the import screen to upload your data.

  1. From the Enter Grades screen, click the Import button.

    Image of the import button on the Enter Grades screen.

  2. Click the Browse button to locate your file on your computer.

    Image of the browse button on the Import Grades screen.

  3. If the import file contains a grade item that has not yet been created in D2L, checking the Item Creation checkbox will automatically create the item in your gradebook. Note that after the import you may need to verify the configuration of the new item.

    Image of the Item Creation option on the Import Grades screen.

  4. Click Continue
  5. D2L will check your CSV file for errors. If any errors are found, they will display on the Errors and Warnings found page. If your file has no errors, click Continue. Otherwise, click Go Back to reupload a corrected file.
  6. A preview of your information will display. If the information is accurate, click Import. Otherwise, click Go Back to reupload a corrected file.

    Image of a preview of an import file with no errors

  7. Verify the students' grades in your gradebook.
    Image of the gradebook with the newly important grades hightlighted.
Export Grades / Export Classlist

 Export Grades to CSV or Excel

  1. From the Enter Grades screen, click the Export button.

    Image of the Export button on the Enter Grades screen

  2. Use the filtering options to determine which students' grades will be exported. By default, the entire classlist will be exported. But, using the filtering options, you can export a single group or section.

    Image of the filtering options on the export screen

  3. Identify the KeyField. The default is Org Defined ID (E#) and this setting should remain the default.

    Image of the Key Field options on the export screen.

  4. Identify the Grade Value to be exported. Most often, you will want to export the Points Grade Only, as D2L will export the points a student achieved on an assignment. If using a Weighted gradebook, you will have the option of exporting the Weighted Grade, which will export the weight achieved on a particular assignment.

    Image of the Grade Values options on the export screen.  Image of the Grade Values options on the export screen.

  5. Identify the User Details to be exported. If you leave all three options (Last Name, First Name, and Email) unchecked, D2L will export the E# only.

    Image of the User Details options on the export screen.

  6. Select the Grade Items you would like to export.

    Image of the grade items table on the export gradebok page

  7. Select an Exporting Option:

    Image of the exporting option buttons (export to csv, export to excel, cancel)
    1. Export to CSV will generate a CSV file for you to download and open with an appropriate program.

      Example of a CVS file

    2. Export to Excel will generate an native Excel file (xls) for you to download and open with Microsoft Excel.

      Image of an excel export

    3. Cancel will discard any changes and not export your gradebook.
Calculating and Releasing Final Grades

Calculating and Releasing your Final Grades

In the student view of the D2L gradebook, a student sees a list of grade items and the points and/or weight achieved for each item. A student’s final grade calculation is not released until you choose to do so. You can calculate and release your final grades from the Enter Grades screen or the Manage Grades screen.

From Enter Grades

  1. Open the Grades tool from the Course homepage by clicking the Evaluation link group, located in the default course nav bar, and then selecting Grades. Navigate to the Enter Grades screen.

    Image of the Enter Grades screen with the Final Adjust Grade's context menu displayed.

  2. Locate the Final Grade column. Most often, the final grade column is located on the far right-hand side of your gradebook. You may need to use the horizontal scroll in order to locate this column.

    • Keep in mind that you determine which final grade to release to your students in the Grades Setup Wizard. To confirm which final grade you selected, you can refer to the gradebook Settings link (located on the top right-hand side of the Enter Grades page) and navigate to the Calculation Options tab to confirm or change this setting.

    • Selecting the Calculated Final Grade will release the value in the Calculated Grade field to students as their Final Grade. Selecting the Adjusted Final Grade will release the value in the Adjusted Grade field to students as their Final Grade. The Adjusted Final Grade gives you the flexibility to change a student’s final grade after D2L has calculated it; the calculated final grade option does not.
  3. Select Grade All from the final grade’s context menu on the Enter Grades screen.

  4. Ensure that your entire classlist is displayed by selecting the appropriate number in the per page dropdown menu.

    Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the context menu expanded, the transfer all option highlighted, and the per page dropdown circled.

  5. From the item’s context menu, select Transfer All to transfer the Final Calculated Grade to the Final Adjusted Grade for all (x) users.

  6. In the Grade column, you’ll see that D2L has placed students’ grades in the numerator, and the total points possible for the course in the denominator

    Image of the calculated grades transferred over and the numerators highlighted. The release column is also marked to show that grades are unreleased.

  7. If you selected to release the Final Adjusted Grade, you have the ability to make any changes to the students’ grades. For example, you can round a student’s grade up or apply some bonus points. Make the changes in a student’s numerator field.

  8. Enter any feedback for a student. To enter feedback, click on the chat bubble icon. A window will pop open. Enter your feedback and then click Save.  

    Image of the feedback pop-up window.

  9. Once you’re ready to release your final grades, click back on the final grade item’s context menu and select Release All.

    Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the context menu expanded, the release all option highlighted.

    • If you only want to release selected students’ grades, select the appropriate checkbox for each student and then click the Release/Unrelease action link.

    • Note that only grades with a checkmark in the Release Final Grade field will be available to your students.

      Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the release column circled.
  10. When you’ve finished these actions click Save. You'll be prompted with a confirmation window; click Yes. Then, navigate back to the Grades tool by clicking the Evaluation link group, located in the default course nav bar, and then selecting Grades.

  11. Scroll to find your final grade column and ensure that the release icon is displayed for every student whose grade you released.


    image of the enter grades screen with the final grade released icons circled.

 


From Manage Grades

  1. Open the Grades tool from the Course homepage by clicking the Evaluation link group, located in the default course nav bar, and then selecting Grades. Navigate to the Manage Grades screen.

    Image of the Manage Grades screen with the final adjusted Grade item context menu expanded and Enter Grades selected.

  2. Locate the appropriate Final Grade row. Most often, the final grade column is bottom row in the grading table.

    • Keep in mind that you determine which final grade to release to your students in the Grades Setup Wizard. To confirm which final grade you selected, you can refer to the gradebook Settings link (located on the top right-hand side of the Manage Grades page) and navigate to the Calculation Options tab to confirm or change this setting.

    • Selecting the Calculated Final Grade will release the value in the Calculated Grade field to students as their Final Grade. Selecting the Adjusted Final Grade will release the value in the Adjusted Grade field to students as their Final Grade. The Adjusted Final Grade gives you the flexibility to change a student’s final grade after D2L has calculated it; the calculated final grade option does not.
  3. Select Enter Grades from the final grade’s context menu on the Manage Grades screen.

  4. Ensure that your entire classlist is displayed by selecting the appropriate number in the per page dropdown menu.

    Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the context menu expanded, the transfer all option highlighted, and the per page dropdown circled.

  5. From the item’s context menu, select Transfer All to transfer the Final Calculated Grade to the Final Adjusted Grade for all (x) users.

  6. In the Grade column, you’ll see that D2L has placed students’ grades in the numerator, and the total points possible for the course in the denominator

    Image of the calculated grades transferred over and the numerators highlighted. The release column is also marked to show that grades are unreleased.

  7. If you selected to release the Final Adjusted Grade, you have the ability to make any changes to the students’ grades. For example, you can round a student’s grade up or apply some bonus points. Make the changes in a student’s numerator field.

  8. Enter any feedback for a student. To enter feedback, click on the chat bubble icon. A window will pop open. Enter your feedback and then click Save.  

    Image of the feedback pop-up window.

  9. Once you’re ready to release your final grades, click back on the final grade item’s context menu and select Release All.

    Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the context menu expanded, the release all option highlighted.

    • If you only want to release selected students’ grades, select the appropriate checkbox for each student and then click the Release/Unrelease action link.

    • Note that only grades with a checkmark in the Release Final Grade field will be available to your students.

      Image of the Final Adjusted Grade Item page with the release column circled.
  10. When you’ve finished these actions click Save. You'll be prompted with a confirmation window; click Yes. Then, navigate back to the Grades tool by clicking the Evaluation link group, located in the default course nav bar, and then selecting Grades.

  11. Scroll to find your final grade column and ensure that the release icon is displayed for every student whose grade you released.


    image of the enter grades screen with the final grade released icons circled.
The Manage Grades Screen allows for you create grading items and categories. This page also hosts the ability to reorder grades, delete grades, and view the gradebook event log. Before you can enter or collect student grades, you must first create grade items. You can optionally create grading categories to better organize your gradebook and to help with grading calculations.

Create Grade Categories

Creating Grade Categories

Creating Grade Categories will allow you to organize and group related grade items into sections that you can easily manage. For example, you may choose to group all of your assignments under a category labeled "Assignments" and all of your quizzes under a category labeled "Quizzes". Sorting your grade items with Categories helps you keep your Gradebook organized but also helps when creating Graded Categories.

Use categories to group multiple, related items. Avoid over-categorizing your gradebook by placing single items into categories.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Category

    image of the New button on the manage grades page with category selected
  2. Type a Name for your Category. For example, enter "Quizzes" or "Written Assignments"

    Image of the name fields for a grading category

  3. Type an optional Short Name. Enter a short version of the category name or an abbreviation to display in the grade book to save space.
  4. Optional: Click the Show Description hyperlink to enter a description for this category. Descriptions will display to student sin the gradebook.
  5. Grading Preferences

    Image of the category grading options for a weighted category.


    1. Specify how much a category contributes to the final grade by typing the value in the Weight field. You will not see the Weight field if using a Points Gradebook.
    2. Check the box Allow category grade to exceed category weight if you want to allow users' grades for the category to exceed 100%.
    3. Distribution - Select a distribution option to determine how each item within this category will contribute to the overall category total.
      1. Manually assign weight to items in the category - You must manually assign a weight to each item within the category.
      2. Distribute weights by points across all items in the category - D2L will automatically assign a weight for each grade item that is proportionate to the max point value of the grade item.
      3. Distribute weight evenly across all items - D2L will automatically assign equal weight to the grade items within the category.
        1. Number of highest non-bonus items to drop for each user - Use this option to drop users' highest grades in the category from their final grade. You can only use this option if all grade items in the category are worth the same amount.
        2. Number of lowest non-bonus items to drop for each user - Use this option to drop users' lowest grades in the category from their final grade. You can only use this option if all grade items in the category are worth the same amount.
    4. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

      Image of the category display options for a weighted category
      1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
      2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
      3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
        1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
          1. Weighted Grade
          2. Grade Scheme Symbol
          3. Grade Scheme Color
    5. Select a saving option:
      1. Save and Close - Saves the current category and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
      2. Save and New - Saves the current category and opens a blank New Category page.
      3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
      4. Cancel - Discard changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.
Create Grade Items

Creating Numeric Grade Items

Grade Items create the actual columns of your gradebook. You can create items and then associate those items with learning activities in the learning environment such as a quiz, dropbox, or discussion board. You may also create items that do not have an association, which will require you to manually enter student grades. You will not be able to enter or calculate students' grades until you create grade items.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.These steps will outline the creating of a Numeric Grade Item. Instructions for creating the other grade item types are also available.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Select a Category if the item should belong to a category. 

    Image of the Category dropdown on the new grade item page

  7. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  8. Enter the maximum number of points the student can achieve on this grade item. The Max points represents the "perfect score" on this particular assignment.

    Image of the grading options for a grade item within a weighted gradebook (Maximum points, weight, can exceed, and bonus).  Image of the grading options for a grade item within a ponts gradebook (Maximum points, can exceed, bonus, and exclude from final grade calculation).

  9. If using a weighted gradebook type, select the Weight of the assignment. This value will be either a percentage of the entire Gradebook or a percentage of a grade category. If this item belongs to a category, and you have elected to make each item of equal weight within that category, the Gradebook will calculate the weight for you.
  10. Optional: Mark the Can Exceed option if you will allow students to achieve a score greater than the Max Point value assigned in Step 8. Otherwise, D2L will disregard any points that exceed the Max Point value.
  11. Optional: Mark the Bonus option if you want the item to be a Bonus. In D2L, Bonus items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade. They are added on top of the calculated grade. Bonus items cannot make users' grades exceed the maximum points specified, unless the Can Exceed option is selected.
  12. Optional: Mark the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation if you would like to keep a record of an assignment that is not part of a student's final grade. This option is only available in a Pointsgradebook. To achieve this same result in a weighted gradebook, you would need to assign a Weight of 0 to the item or category you would like to exclude from the final grading calculation.
  13. Optional: Select a Grade Scheme. By default, D2L will select the Percentage scheme, which will display student grades as numbers.

    Image of the Grade Scheme and Rubric options for a grade item.

  14. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  15. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
    2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
    3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
        1. Weighted Grade
        2. Grade Scheme Symbol
        3. Grade Scheme Color
  16. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.

Creating Selectbox Grade Items

Selectbox Grade Items can only be created after you have created a custom scheme. If you have not created a custom scheme (i.e. letter grade or letter grade with plus/minus scale), the Selectbox item type will be unavailable.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Select a Category if the item should belong to a category. 

    Image of the Category dropdown on the new grade item page

  7. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  8. Enter the maximum number of points the student can achieve on this grade item. The Max points represents the "perfect score" on this particular assignment.

    Image of the grading options for a grade item within a weighted gradebook (Maximum points, weight, can exceed, and bonus).  Image of the grading options for a grade item within a ponts gradebook (Maximum points, can exceed, bonus, and exclude from final grade calculation).

  9. If using a weighted gradebook type, select the Weight of the assignment. This value will be either a percentage of the entire Gradebook or a percentage of a grade category. If this item belongs to a category, and you have elected to make each item of equal weight within that category, the Gradebook will calculate the weight for you.
  10. Optional: Mark the Can Exceed option if you will allow students to achieve a score greater than the Max Point value assigned in Step 8. Otherwise, D2L will disregard any points that exceed the Max Point value.
  11. Optional: Mark the Bonus option if you want the item to be a Bonus. In D2L, Bonus items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade. They are added on top of the calculated grade. Bonus items cannot make users' grades exceed the maximum points specified, unless the Can Exceed option is selected.
  12. Optional: Mark the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation if you would like to keep a record of an assignment that is not part of a student's final grade. This option is only available in a Pointsgradebook. To achieve this same result in a weighted gradebook, you would need to assign a Weight of 0 to the item or category you would like to exclude from the final grading calculation.
  13. Required: Select a Grade Scheme. The default Grade Scheme (Percentage) cannot be used here.

    Image of the Grade Scheme and Rubric options for a selectbox grade item.

  14. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  15. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
    2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
    3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
        1. Weighted Grade
        2. Grade Scheme Symbol
        3. Grade Scheme Color
  16. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.

Creating Pass/Fail Grade Items

Selectbox Grade Items can only be created after you have created a custom scheme. If you have not created a custom scheme (i.e. letter grade or letter grade with plus/minus scale), the Selectbox item type will be unavailable.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Select a Category if the item should belong to a category. 

    Image of the Category dropdown on the new grade item page

  7. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  8. Enter the maximum number of points the student can achieve on this grade item. The Max points represents the "perfect score" on this particular assignment.

    Image of the grading options for a grade item within a weighted gradebook (Maximum points, weight, can exceed, and bonus).  Image of the grading options for a grade item within a ponts gradebook (Maximum points, can exceed, bonus, and exclude from final grade calculation).

  9. If using a weighted gradebook type, select the Weight of the assignment. This value will be either a percentage of the entire Gradebook or a percentage of a grade category. If this item belongs to a category, and you have elected to make each item of equal weight within that category, the Gradebook will calculate the weight for you.
  10. Optional: Mark the Can Exceed option if you will allow students to achieve a score greater than the Max Point value assigned in Step 8. Otherwise, D2L will disregard any points that exceed the Max Point value.
  11. Optional: Mark the Bonus option if you want the item to be a Bonus. In D2L, Bonus items are not included in the maximum points for a category or final grade. They are added on top of the calculated grade. Bonus items cannot make users' grades exceed the maximum points specified, unless the Can Exceed option is selected.
  12. Optional: Mark the Exclude from Final Grade Calculation if you would like to keep a record of an assignment that is not part of a student's final grade. This option is only available in a Pointsgradebook. To achieve this same result in a weighted gradebook, you would need to assign a Weight of 0 to the item or category you would like to exclude from the final grading calculation.
  13. Optional: Select a Grade Scheme. By default, D2L will select the Percentage scheme, which will display student grades as numbers.

    Image of the Grade Scheme and Rubric options for a grade item.

  14. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  15. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
    2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
    3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
        1. Weighted Grade
        2. Grade Scheme Symbol
        3. Grade Scheme Color
  16. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.

Creating Formula Grade Items

Grade Items create the actual columns of your gradebook. You can create items and then associate those items with learning activities in the learning environment such as a quiz, dropbox, or discussion board. You may also create items that do not have an association, which will require you to manually enter student grades. You will not be able to enter or calculate students' grades until you create grade items.

Calculated items are a great way to calculate a student's Midterm grade for reporting purposes.

 

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.These steps will outline the creating of a Numeric Grade Item. Instructions for creating the other grade item types are also available.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Select a Category if the item should belong to a category. 

    Image of the Category dropdown on the new grade item page

  7. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  8. Enter the maximum number of points the student can achieve on this grade item. The Max points represents the "perfect score" on this particular assignment.

    Image of the grading options for a formula grade item (Maximum points and formula editor hyperlink)

  9. Create a formula using the Formula Editor. Click Edit Using the Formula Editor hyperlink to access the formula editor. If you need assistance with creating a formula, contact .
  10. Optional: Mark the Can Exceed option if you will allow students to achieve a score greater than the Max Point value assigned in Step 8. Otherwise, D2L will disregard any points that exceed the Max Point value.
  11. Optional: Select a Grade Scheme. By default, D2L will select the Percentage scheme, which will display student grades as numbers.

    Image of the Grade Scheme and Rubric options for a grade item.

  12. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  13. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
    2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
    3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
        1. Weighted Grade
        2. Grade Scheme Symbol
        3. Grade Scheme Color
  14. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.

Creating Calculated Grade Items

Grade Items create the actual columns of your gradebook. You can create items and then associate those items with learning activities in the learning environment such as a quiz, dropbox, or discussion board. You may also create items that do not have an association, which will require you to manually enter student grades. You will not be able to enter or calculate students' grades until you create grade items.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.These steps will outline the creating of a Numeric Grade Item. Instructions for creating the other grade item types are also available.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Select a Category if the item should belong to a category. 

    Image of the Category dropdown on the new grade item page

  7. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  8. Enter the maximum number of points the student can achieve on this grade item. The Max points represents the "perfect score" on this particular assignment. 
  9. Optional: Mark the Can Exceed option if you will allow students to achieve a score greater than the Max Point value assigned in Step 8. Otherwise, D2L will disregard any points that exceed the Max Point value.
  10. Optional: Select a Grade Scheme. By default, D2L will select the Percentage scheme, which will display student grades as numbers.

    Image of the Grade Scheme and Rubric options for a grade item.

  11. Calculation
    1. Mark the items you would like D2L to calculate by placing a checkmark in the box for each item.

      image of the items to select for a calculated grade item.

    2. Select a Calculation Method: (Only available in the Weighted Gradebook!)

      Image of the Calculation Methods for a calculated item in a weighted gradebook

      1. Milestone Grade Calculation - The Milestone calculation is best used for Midterm reporting because it calculates a grade based on the sum of all gradeditems. 
      2. Final Grade Calculation - The Final Grade Calculation calculates a grade based on the sum of all graded and ungraded items. 
  12. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  13. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Display class average to user - Select this option if you want to allow users to see the class average on the item.
    2. Display grade distribution to users - Select this option if you want to allow users to see a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles.
    3. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Select the options you want the student to see:
        1. Weighted Grade
        2. Grade Scheme Symbol
        3. Grade Scheme Color
  14. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.

Creating Text Grade Items

Grade Items create the actual columns of your gradebook. You can create items and then associate those items with learning activities in the learning environment such as a quiz, dropbox, or discussion board. You may also create items that do not have an association, which will require you to manually enter student grades. You will not be able to enter or calculate students' grades until you create grade items.

  1. From the Manage Grades tab of your gradebook, click the New button and select Item.

    Image of the New Item dropdown on the Manage Grades page.

  2. The next screen requires you to select a Grade Item Type.These steps will outline the creating of a Numeric Grade Item. Instructions for creating the other grade item types are also available.

    Image of the grade item type options (numeric, selectbox, pass/fail, formula, calculated, and text)

    The Grade Item Type options are:
    1. Numeric - Graded by assigned a value out of a specified total number of points.
    2. Selectbox - Graded by selecting the grade scheme level that matches their achievement, for example “Very Good” or “B+”
    3. Pass/Fail - Graded by using a simple pass/fail grade scheme
    4. Formula - Graded using a custom formula
    5. Calculated - Graded by calculating users’ cumulative achievement across multiple grade items
    6. Text - Provide comments in the grade book that are not calculated into Final Grade
  3. Selecting a Grade Item Type will then direct you to the New Item page.
  4. Enter a Grade Item Name.

    Image of the grade item name and short name fields

  5. Optional: Enter a Short Name. This is used on the Grades List page as the Grade Item title, if your Grade Item name is long it will cause the spreadsheet to expand, making it long and difficult to read. By using a concise Short Name you can eliminate this particular issue.
  6. Optional: Enter a Description for this Grade Item. Students can view the description in the gradebook. 
  7. Optional: Click the Add Rubric button to associate a Rubric with this grade item.
  8. Display options - Configure these options to control what displays to a student in the student view of the gradebook.

    Image of the grade item display options
    1. Override display options for this item - Select this option if you want graded users to view grade information for this item differently from other items in the grade book.
      1. Show: - Number of characters to show for this grade item. This setting will determine how many characters will display in the gradebook for a text gradebook item. 
  9. Select a saving option:
    1. Save and Close - Saves the current item and redirects the user back to the Manage Grades screen.
    2. Save and New - Saves the current item and opens back to the Select an Item Type page.
    3. Save - Saves current changes made to page.
    4. Cancel - Discards changes and redirects back to the Manage Grades page.
Hiding and Restricting Grade Items

Hiding Grade Items and Categories

Regardless of the type of grade item, you can choose to hide or restrict an item or category from the student view. Hiding a grade item will suppress that item from the student view completely. Hide options are located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Grade Item or Edit Grade Category page.

  1. From the Manage Grades screen, select Edit Grade Item from the context menu of a grade item or category.

    Image of the context menu of a grade item (edit grade item, enter grades, view statistics, event log.)

  2. Click the Restrictions tab.

    Image of the Restrictions Tab on the Edit Item screen.

  3. Select a Visibility option:

    Image of the Visibility options of a grade item or category.

    1. By default, grade items and categories are always visible.
    2. Select Hide this grade item to hide the item or category from the entire classlist.
    3. Select Grade item is visible for a specific date range to control the window of time the grade item will appear in the student's gradebook. For this option, you must select a Start and/or End date.
  4. Click Save and Close to return to the Manage Grades screen.

 


Restricting Grade Items and Categories

Restricting a grade item or category with a release condition will hide the item or categories from those students who have not satisfied a set of criteria. Restriction options are located on the Restrictions tab of the Edit Grade Item or Edit Grade Category page. Visit the Release Conditions page to learn more about creating and managing release conditions.    

  1. From the Manage Grades screen, select Edit Grade Item from the context menu of a grade item or category.

    Image of the context menu of a grade item (edit grade item, enter grades, view statistics, event log.)

  2. Click the Restrictions tab.

    Image of the Restrictions Tab on the Edit Item screen.

  3. Create or Attach preexisting release conditions.

    Image of the release conditions for a grade item.

  4. Click Save and Close to return to the Manage Grades screen.
Enter Grades from the Manage Grades Screen

Enter Grades from the Manage Grades Screen

  • From the Manage Grades screen, select Enter Grades from the context menu of a grade item.

    Image of the context menu of a grade item (edit grade item, enter grades, view statistics, event log.)

  • You can enter general comments for the grade item in the Overall Comments text field. Overall comments will be displayed to all users who see this item in their grade book

    Image of the Overall Feedback box for a grade item.

  • Enter student grades. Depending on the type of item you are grading, you will see different options:
    1. If you are grading a Numeric grade item, enter a numeric grade value for each student in the Grade column.

      image of a numeric grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    2. If you are grading a Selectbox grade item, select the appropriate grade range from the Grade drop-down list for each student. Each grade range is associated with an Assigned Value (set up in the Grade Scheme), and where no Assigned Value has been added the value is the starting percentage for the range.

      image of a Selectbox grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    3. If you are grading a Pass/Fail grade item, select the appropriate option from the Grade drop-down list for each student. The options are Pass or Fail.

      image of a Pass/Fail grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

    4. If you are grading a Text gradebook item, enter the text into the Grade field.

      image of a text grade item open for grading with the grade column and feedback icons highlighted.

  • Click the Feedback icon to enter individualized feedback. The Grade Feedback page displays, where you can type Feedback for the student to view along with their grades. You can also type Private Comments that will not be visible to the student
  • Click on the Event Log icon to see all recorded events concerning this user and grade item.
  • There are also icons on the top of the page that allow you to perform various functions:

    Image of the Grade Item Action buttons (grade, clear, email).

    1. Click Grade to enter the same grade value for all selected users.
    2. Click Clear to remove all previously entered grades for all selected users for this grade item.
    3. Click Email to email all selected users.
  • Be Sure to Save when Finished
Bulk Edit Grade Categories and Items

Bulk Editing Grade Items and Categories

Quickly edit the name, short name, max point value, weight (if applicable), bonus, can exceed, and category of grade items and categories using the bulk edit feature. From the Manage Grades screen, simply select the grade item(s) you would like to edit by marking the checkbox to the left of its name and then click the bulk edit action hyperlink.

image of the bulk edit workflow in manage grades

Make the appropriate changes to the item(s) or category and then click Save.

Image of the bulk edit screen

 

Delete Grade Items

Deleting Grade Items and Categories

  1. From the Manage Grades screen, click the More Actions button and select Delete

    Image of the More Actions button on the Manage Grades screen with the Delete feature highlighted.

  2. Mark the checkbox to the left of each item or category you would like to delete.
  3. Click the Delete button.

Image of the Delete Grade Items and Categories with a grade item marked for deletion and three grade items with associations highlighted.

You cannot delete items with associations.

If you see an association info graphic to the right of an item's name you would unable to delete that item. Click the association info graphic to view information about the exact learning activity that connects to the grade item. You will need to disassociate that grade item from the learning activity before you will be able to complete the delete item workflow.

Reorder Grade Items

Reordering Grade Items and Categories

  1. From the Manage Grades screen, click the More Actions button and select Reorder

    Image of the More Actions button on the Manage Grades screen with the Reorder feature highlighted.

  2. Select a number in the in the Sort Order dropdown. Note that the sort order will dynamically update with each sort order number you select or change.

    image of the reorder grades screen

  3. Click Save to return to the Manage Grades page.
Grades Event Log

Viewing the Gradebook Event Log

  1. From the Manage Grades screen, click the More Actions button and select Event Log

    Image of the More Actions button on the Manage Grades screen with the event Log feature highlighted.

  2. The Gradebook Event Log displays username, action, item, and date modification information for items and categories in your gradebook. To see item-level event log information, you would need to select Event Log from an individual item's context menu.

    Image of the gradebook event log

  3. Navigate back to the Manage Grades Screen by clicking Manage Grades in the breadcrumb trail. 

Grades Setup Wizard

The Grades Setup Wizard will help establish the framework for your Gradebook's calculation methodology. You can change these settings at any time and you can run the wizard multiple times, if necessary.

Navigate to the Setup Wizard by clicking the Setup Wizard link from the Enter Grades or Manage Grades screen.

Image of the grades toolbar with the setup wizard selected.

The wizard opens to a summary screen of the current gradebook settings. To begin setting up your Gradebook select the Start button from the Grades Setup Wizard.

Step 1

Step 1

The First step of the wizard is where you will select your Grading System. You can choose from a Weighted, Points, or Formula grading system.

Image of the first step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Weighted - Use the weighted system if you want grade items calculated as a percentage of the final grade worth 100%.
  • Points - Calculate the final grade by totaling the points users received on grade items.
  • Formula - Calculate final grade using a custom formula that lets you set conditions on grade items.

This first step is one step that it is best not to change after the Gradebook has been created. Once you have selected your grade system click Next to continue.

Step 2

Step 2

The second step of the gradebook setup wizard determines if D2L displays the  Calculated or Adjusted Final Grade to students.

Image of the 2nd step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Calculated Final Grade - Displays the grade that is achieved by users based on the grading formula set up in the grade book. It cannot be adjusted without editing grade item scores.
  • Adjusted Final Grade - Allows you to modify or adjust users' grades before releasing them.

Make your selection and then click Continue.

Step 3

Step 3

The third step of the setup wizard will allow you to select some Grade Calculation options. You can select how you want to treat ungraded items

Image of the 3rd step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Drop Ungraded Items - Items that do not have a grade inputted are not counted in the final grade.
  • Treat Ungraded Items as 0 - Items that do not have a grade inputted are counted as 0 in the final grade.

If you choose to Auto Update, the final grade will be updated any time you make changes to any grade items. If this option is not selected you must manually re-calculate final grades after updating any grade item.

Make your selection and then click Continue.

Step 4

Step 4

The fourth step of the setup wizard asks you to select a  Default Grade Scheme for the Gradebook. You can create other grade schemes that you design, such as letter grades or points, or you can choose to apply grade schemes to particular grade items in the Gradebook. You will have to create other Grade Schemes before you will have the option here to change it to anything other than the default Percentage.

Image of the 4th step of the grades setup wizard

Make your selection and then click Continue.

Contact to learn how to create your own grade scheme.

Step 5

Step 5

In the fifth step of the setup wizard you can change the default number of decimal places displayed to fewer or more. The default is 2. This setting controls how many decimals will be displayed to users grading a course. The value must be an integer between 0 and 5.

Image of the 5th step of the grades setup wizard.

Make your selection and then click Continue.

Step 6

Step 6

The sixth step of the setup wizard controls the setup the Submission View for your Gradebook. These settings affect how your students see in the Grade View.

Image of the 6th step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Points Grade - This setting determines whether or not the Points grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades
  • Weighted Grade - This setting determines whether or not the Weighted grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades
  • Grade Scheme Symbol - This setting determines whether or not the Grade scheme symbol associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades
  • Grade Scheme Color - This setting determines whether or not the grade scheme color associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view of grades.
    • Note: The grade scheme color can only be displayed if the grade scheme symbol is also displayed.
  • Number of decimal places to display - This setting controls how many decimals will be displayed in the student view of Grades. The value must be an integer between 0 and 5.
  • Number of characters to display for text items - This setting determines how many characters of a Text grade item display on the user list. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50. If the Text item is longer than the value specified, the text will be truncated.
  • Display final grade calculation to users - This setting determines how many characters of a Text grade item display on the user list. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50. If the Text item is longer than the value specified, the text will be truncated.

Make your selection and then click Continue.

Step 7

Step 7

The final step will give you a summary of setting configured throughout Grades Setup Wizard. You can select back to return to previous steps to change a setting or select  Finish. You can return to the Grade Setup Wizard at any time to make changes.

Image of the 7th step of the grades setup wizard.

 

Gradebook Settings

Visit Gradebook Settings to configure any aspect of your gradebook's function and/or appearance. To open gradebook settings, click the Settings hyperlink to the far right of any gradebook page.

Image of the gradebook settings hyperlink

Personal Display Options

Personal Display Options

Personal Display Options control how your gradebook displays to you in the Instructor Role. These settings specifically affect the Enter Grades area.

Gradebook settings are course specific.

Managing View Display Options

  • User Details: Determine the student information visible in your instructor gradebook.

    Image of the user details options (username, org defined id, and email).

    • Username - Mark the checkbox to display a student's ETSU username within the gradebook spreadsheet. 
    • Org Defined ID - Mark the checkboxto display a student's ETSU E# within the gradebook spreadsheet.
    • Email - Mark the checkboxto display a student's ETSU email address within the gradebook spreadsheet.  
  • Grade Details: Determine the grade information visible in your instructor gradebook.

    Image of the grade details setting options (points grade, weighted grade, scheme symbol and color.)

    • Points grade - Mark the checkbox to display the points value of a grade item/category. 
    • Weighted grade - Mark the checkbox to display the weighted value of a grade item/category.
    • Grade scheme symbol - Mark the checkbox to display the grade scheme symbol.
    • Grade scheme color - Mark the checkbox to display the colors set in the thresholds of the grade scheme. 

       

image of the third area of grade settings

  • Number of characters to display for text items - This setting determines how many characters of a grade item or category display on the Enter Grades Screen views.   
  • Number of columns before user details repeat - This setting determines how often user details are repeated on Enter Grades Screen views.   
  • Number of users before column header repeats - This setting determines how often the column header is repeated on the Enter Grades screen.
  • Repeat Final Grades:

    image of the gradebook setting that controls the final grade columns

    • Repeat calculated final grade at the start of the user list - Mark this setting if you want the calculated final grade to appear at the beginning of the gradebook spreadsheet.
    • Repeat adjusted final grade at the start of the user list - Mark this setting if you want the adjusted final grade to appear at the beginning of the gradebook spreadsheet.

Start Page

Configure the the default Start Page. The Start Page is the first page D2L will open when clicking the Grades tool from the Default Course Nav Bar.

Image of the Start Page options

Org Unit Display Options

Org Unit Display Options

Org Unit Display Options control how the student views the course gradebook and what information is displayed to them.

Managing View Display Options

  • Number of decimal places to display - change the default number of decimal places displayed to fewer or more. The default is 2. This setting controls how many decimals will be displayed to users grading a course. The value must be an integer between 0 and 5.


Student View Display Options

 

  • Grade Details: Determine the grade information visible in your instructor gradebook.

Image of the grade details setting options (points grade, weighted grade, scheme symbol and color.)

    • Points grade - Mark the checkbox to display the points value of a grade item/category. 
    • Weighted grade - Mark the checkbox to display the weighted value of a grade item/category.
    • Grade scheme symbol - Mark the checkbox to display the grade scheme symbol.
    • Grade scheme color - Mark the checkbox to display the colors set in the thresholds of the grade scheme.

Decimals Displayed

  • Number of decimal places to display - This setting controls how many decimals will be displayed in the student view of Grades. The value must be an integer between 0 and 5.

Characters Displayed 

  • Number of characters to display for text items - This setting determines how many characters of a Text grade item display on the user list. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50. If the Text item is longer than the value specified, the text will be truncated.

Final Grade Calculation    

  • Display final grade calculation to users - This setting determines how many characters of a Text grade item display on the user list. The value must be an integer between 0 and 50. If the Text item is longer than the value specified, the text will be truncated.
Calculation Options

Calculation Options

Change the way your gradebook calculates using the calculation options. These settings are cover the first three steps of the setup wizard. Below is an excerpt from the Setup Wizard explanation to help explain each setting.

The First step of the wizard is where you will select your Grading System. You can choose from a Weighted, Points, or Formula grading system.

Image of the first step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Weighted - Use the weighted system if you want grade items calculated as a percentage of the final grade worth 100%.
  • Points - Calculate the final grade by totaling the points users received on grade items.
  • Formula - Calculate final grade using a custom formula that lets you set conditions on grade items.

This first step is one step that it is best not to change after the Gradebook has been created. Once you have selected your grade system click Next to continue.


Step 2

The second step of the gradebook setup wizard determines if D2L displays the  Calculated or Adjusted Final Grade to students.

Image of the 2nd step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Calculated Final Grade - Displays the grade that is achieved by users based on the grading formula set up in the grade book. It cannot be adjusted without editing grade item scores.
  • Adjusted Final Grade - Allows you to modify or adjust users' grades before releasing them.

Make your selection and then click Continue.


Step 3

The third step of the setup wizard will allow you to select some Grade Calculation options. You can select how you want to treat ungraded items

Image of the 3rd step of the grades setup wizard.

  • Drop Ungraded Items - Items that do not have a grade inputted are not counted in the final grade.
  • Treat Ungraded Items as 0 - Items that do not have a grade inputted are counted as 0 in the final grade.

If you choose to Auto Update, the final grade will be updated any time you make changes to any grade items. If this option is not selected you must manually re-calculate final grades after updating any grade item.

 

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