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Desire2Learn 9.0

Working with Grade Items

Using the Desire2Learn Grades tool, you can keep track of students' scores on assignments. You can create and edit the details of each assignment, and enter and edit students' grades. This document covers grade items - all assignments, tests, papers and other graded assignments that you choose to grade in D2L. To work with grade items, you must first have set up your gradebook. See Gradebook: Setup Wizard for help setting up the gradebook.

return to topAdding Grade Items

You can add grade items (assignments or other graded activities) and designate their name, point value and weight.

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

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

  3. Click NEW ITEMNew Item button
    The New Item pane appears.
    New Item pane

  4. In the Choose a Grade Item Type section, select the desired type of grade item
    To learn more about the options, see Grades: Terminology.
    Options for that grade item type appear.New Item pane: General section

  5. In the Name text box, type a name for the grade item
    NOTE: Ensure no grade item has the same name as a category. This can create problems when importing grades.

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

  7. To include the item in a category, from the Category pull-down menu, select the desired category
    NOTE: To learn about categories, see Gradebook: Categories

  8. To create a description of the item,

    1. Click SHOW DESCRIPTION
    2. In the Description text box, type the description
  9. In the Grading section, in the Max. Points text box, type the number of points the assignment is worth

    New Item: Grading section

  10. In the Weight text box, type the percentage of the final grade the item is worth
    NOTE: This text box will only appear if you are using a weighted grading system. See Grade Settings for differences between grading systems

  11. If students can receive more than the maximum number of points for the item (e.g., 11/10), select Can Exceed
    NOTE:
    For more information, refer to Working with Extra Credit Points

  12. If the entire item is extra credit, select Bonus
    NOTE: For more information, refer to Working with Bonus Items.

  13. To change the grade scheme for the item, select one from the Grade Scheme pull-down menu
    NOTE: For more information, refer to Grades Schemes

  14. To allow students to see the class average or grade distribution, make the desired changes in Display Options

  15. Click SAVE
    The Edit Item pane appears.

  16. Select the Restrictions tab

  17. In the General section, select the desired level of visibility,
    Edit Item pane: Restrictions pane: General section

    1. To allow students to always see the item, select Grade item is always visible
    2. To hide the item until you manually unhide it, select Hide this grade item
    3. To automatically hide the item until a certain date, select Grade item is visible for a specific date range » Has Start Date and select date from pull-down menus
  18. OPTIONAL: Attach the desired release conditions

  19. Click SAVE

return to topEditing Grade Items

You can edit all the information regarding a grade item except the type. This includes changing the name of a grade item, the weight, and the description.

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

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button
    The Grades List pane appears.

  3. Click the name of the grade item you want to edit
    The Edit Item pane appears.

  4. Make the desired changes

  5. Click SAVE
    The grade item is edited.

return to top Deleting Grade Items

You can delete grade items at any time.

WARNING: All grades corresponding to the grade item will be lost.

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

  2. In the Grades Area widget, click MANAGE GRADESManage Grades button
    The Grades List pane appears.

  3. Click DELETEDelete button
    The Delete pane appears.

  4. Select the item you wish to delete
    NOTE: An item is selected if a checkmark appears before it.

  5. Click DELETE SELECTED
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  6. Click DELETE
    The grade item is deleted.

To enter student grades for a grade item, see Entering Student Grades.

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