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As an instructor, you can determine how to set up your grade book to best reflect your approach to evaluation, including the grading system and grade scheme that is most appropriate for your course. You can select how grades display to learners, how they update in the grade book, and how you want to deal with ungraded items. You can create grade items for projects, assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc. to include in your grade book, and even associate them with other tools (e.g. Assignments, Quizzes, Discussions).

Best Practices for Entering Grades

  • When creating a grade item, ensure that the Max. Points field for the item is not set to null or zero
    The Max. Points field can be found in the Grading section of the Create a new grade item page (or the edit page for existing grade items) under the Properties tab.
  • When sorting grade categories and items, ensure they are sorted in the appropriate order
    The best way to ensure grade items are sorted correctly is to create the categories and items in the order that they will be marked. D2L Brightspace Learning Environment automatically sorts the categories and grade items in the order that they are created.
    If you want to see the order of your grade items, from the Course Homepage, go to Assessment > Grades > Manage Grades.
  • When creating a grade item, make sure that you are not creating duplicate entries or blank grade items in the grade book
    Blank grade items often occur as a result of a grade item unintentionally being published instead of being saved as a draft. Blank grade items often do not have a name or are oddly named, and they usually do not have an association.
    Duplicate grade items can occur for a variety of reasons. Duplicates are often similarly titled and either have the wrong association or no association.

Grades Instructor Guides:


The written instructor guides and video simulations on the D2L Solutions site are developed and brought to you by the

Faculty Development and Innovation Center

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Contact the FDIC for questions about the instructor guides, to suggest topics for new guides, or to schedule a consultation appointment.  The FDIC staff can recommend integration solutions using D2L and other instructional technologies for your online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.

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