D2L - Gradebook instructional guide

The D2L gradebook is a tool within D2L instructors can use to display information about students' grades over D2L.

How-to:

1. Once at the D2L course's Home page, click on Grades.

2. Click on Settings (the small link in the upper right of the Grades screen).



3. Click on the Calculation Options tab.
  • Optional: Under Grading System, the weighted (the grade categories and items count as a percentage of the final grade) system is chosen by default, although the instructor may choose the points system (the students will accumulate points that count toward the final grade).
  • Optional: The instructor may elect to choose Treat ungraded items as zero (this option will assign a zero for any ungraded items) under the Grade Calculations area (Not recommended as this may cause undue panic in a student who believes they have received a zero points for an assignment).
  • Note: Drop ungraded items is selected by default (the items will not appear in the total until they have received a grade).
  • Please do not select Automatically keep final grades updated. It has an adverse effect upon overall D2L response time. Instructors may update final grades manually at any time without using this option.
  • Optional: At the end of the semester, it may be useful to change the Grade Calculations settings from Drop ungraded options to Treat ungraded items as 0.
4. Click on Save.

 How to create a grade category in a D2L Gradebook that is using a weighted grading system (default grading system in settings)

1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.

2. Click on Manage Grades under Grades Area.

3. Click on New and select Category.



4. Type a name for the category (e.g., Quizzes, Short Papers, Homework).

5. Under Grading, enter a Weight (the percent of final grade this item will contribute) for the category.
  • Optional (not recommended): If you want the flexibility to assign a higher percent to a student for this category, place a check mark in the Allow category grade to exceed category weight box.
  • Optional (not recommended): Leave the check for Display class average to users and Display grade distribution to users under Display Options.
  • Optional: If all grade items will be weighed equally within the category, check Distribute weight evenly across all items.
  • Optional: If all grade items in the category have the same number of points and you check Distribute points across all items, you may opt to drop the lowest grade item(s) for each student. If you make this choice, it is recommended to do so near the end of the semester.
6. Click Save.
 
 How to create an item in a grade category in a D2L gradebook that is using a weighted grading system

1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.

2. Click on the Manage Grades tab.

3. Click on New and select Item.

4. Click on Numeric.



5. Enter a name for the item (eg, Quiz 1, attendance).

Optional: Type a short name only the instructor will see in the gradebook view (e.g., Q1, SP2).

6. Click the dropdown arrow attached to a box that says none under the Category area (located below the Name and Short name boxes), and select the category for this grade item (if the instructor has previously created a category).  If this is a stand-alone grade item, select None. You also have the option to create a new category for this item in this step by clicking New Category.



7. Under Grading, enter the Weight and Maximum Points in the boxes located just below them.


  • Optional: If you want the flexibility to assign more than the maximum points to a student, place a check mark in the Can Exceed box.
  • Optional: If this is an extra credit, or bonus item, put a check mark in the Bonus box. Leave the Default Scheme in the Grade Scheme box unchanged.
  • Optional: Choose an existing Rubric for this grade item, or add one (Create a Rubric in New Window).
  • Optional: If all grade items in the category will have the same weight, check the Distribute weight evenly across all items box (the instructor may still choose the maximum points for the item, but this option will divide the weight evenly between all the items automatically).
8. Click Save.
 
 How to create a grade category in a D2L gradebook that is using a points grading system

1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.

2. Click on the Manage Grades tab.

3. Click on New and select Category.

4. Type a name for the category (e.g., Quizzes, Short Papers, Homework).
  • Optional (not recommended): If you want the flexibility to assign a higher percent to a student for this category, place a check mark in the Allow category grade to exceed category weight box.
  • Optional (not recommended): Leave checked Display class average to users and Display grade distribution to users under Display Options.
  • Optional: If all grade items will be weighed equally within the category, check Distribute weight evenly across all items.
  • Optional: If all grade items in the category have the same number of points and you check Distribute points across all items, you may opt to drop the lowest grade item(s) for each student.  If you make this choice, it is recommended to do so near the end of the semester.
6. Click Save.
 
 Create an item in a grade category in a D2L gradebook that is using a points grading system
  1. From your D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.
  2. Click on Manage Grades under Grades Area.
  3. Click on New and select Item.
  4. Click on Numeric.
  5. Type a name for the item (e.g., Quizzes, Short Papers, Homework).
  6. Under Display Options, uncheck Display class average to users and Display grade distribution to users.
  7. Click Save.
 How to record grades in the D2L gradebook

1. From the D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.

2. Find the appropriate grade item and click the downward facing arrow beside it.

3. In the dropdown menu that appears, select Grade All.



4. Enter each student's grade in the empty box beside the student's name under the Grade column heading.



5. Click on Save at the bottom of the page.

6. Optional: If your students are listed on more than one page in the gradebook, click on the Next page arrow at the bottom of the screen.
Note: Be sure to click on Save before you move to the next page, or you will lose all the grades you have entered.

 How to select the student view of the D2L gradebook  
    1. From the D2L Course Home page, click on Grades in the main navigation bar.
    2. Click on the name of any student.
    3. Click on the down arrow next to the student's name at the top of the screen and select Preview.
    4. The Grades popup window displays what the selected student sees in the D2L gradebook.
 How to export the D2L gradebook to Excel

1. From the D2L Course Home page, click on Grades.

2. Click on Export.

3. Under Export Options, select All Users.



4. Select Username as the Key Field.

5. In Grade Values, choose:
  1. Points grade to see only point scores.
  2. Weighted grade to see only percentages.
  3. Grade Scheme (if course-specific grade scheme has been set up).
6. In User Details, choose last and first names.

7. Under Choose Grades to Export, check the box just above Grade Item to export all -or- select category or individual grade items to be exported.

8. Click on Export to CSV.



9. In the Export Grades popup window, click on the blue text link.

 

10. In the next popup window, click Open with - Microsoft Office Excel.

11. To save the export as an Excel file, click Save As.

12. Choose a location to save the file (e.g., a folder for the purpose).

13. In the field Save as Type, select Microsoft Excel Workbook.



Keywords:d2l, grades, gradebook, course, site, instructor,   Doc ID:45757
Owner:Help Desk K.Group:UW-Milwaukee Help Desk
Created:2014-12-20 14:24 CDTUpdated:2015-09-21 10:47 CDT
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