This browser does not support basic Web standards, preventing the display of our site's intended design. May we suggest that you upgrade your browser?

Desire2Learn 9.0

Gradebook: Categories

Categories are essential in a weighted gradebook and optional in a points gradebook. In a points gradebook, categories are used as an organizational tool. In a weighted gradebook, categories are used to specify the total weight a group of grade items contributes to the course final grade. If you create categories you can drop the lowest or highest grades from a set of grade items.

return to topCategories: Weighted Gradebook

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click GRADES
    The User List screen appears.

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button

  3. Click NEW CATEGORYNew Category button
    The New Category page appears.

  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the grade category
    New Category dialog box: General section

  5. OPTIONAL: In the Short Name text box, type an abbreviated name for the grade category

  6. In the Weight text box, enter the percentage the category as a whole will contribute to the final grade (e.g., 10% of final grade)

    New Category pane: Grading Section: Weighted Grade System

  7. To allow students' grades for the category to exceed 100%, select Allow category grade to exceed category weight

  8. To give all items in the category the same weight, select Distribute weight evenly across all items
    The weight of each item will adjust automatically.

  9. To drop any number of lowest or highest non-bonus grade items within a category, in the appropriate text box, specify the number of items
    NOTE: You must have selected Distribute weight evenly across all items for these options to be available.
    Recommended: Wait until all items within the category have been graded before editing this information.

  10. To add another category, click SAVE AND NEW
    OR
    If you are finished creating categories, click SAVE

return to topCategories: Points Gradebook

  1. From the Course Home page, on the Navigation bar, click GRADES
    The User List screen appears.

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button

  3. Click NEW CATEGORYNew Category button
    The New Category page appears.

  4. In the Name text box, type a name for the grade category
    New Category dialog box: General section

  5. OPTIONAL: In the Short Name text box, type an abbreviated name for the grade category

  6. To allow students' grades for the category to exceed the total number of points (e.g., 12/10), select Can exceed

    New Category pane: Grading Section: Points Grade System

  7. To exclude the category and all its items from being part of the final grade, select Exclude from Final Grade Calculation

  8. To make all items in the category worth the same number of points, select Distribute points across all items

  9. To drop any number of lowest or highest non-bonus grade items within a category, in the appropriate text box, specify the number of items
    NOTE: You must have selected Distribute points across all items for these options to be available.
    Recommended: Wait until all items within the category have been graded before editing this information.

  10. To add another category, click SAVE AND NEW
    OR
    If you are finished creating categories, click SAVE

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.