Setting Up the Gradebook in Elearning

To set up your gradebook, you will first need to set your grading scale, or scheme as it is referred to in Elearning.

 

To set your grade scheme

  1. Go to Assessments tab in the course navigation bar at the top of your course homepage.
  2. Select Grades.
  3. Select Scheme tab (Elearning will default to “Enter Grades” tab)
  4. Select More Options.
  5. Select Copy from the dropdown list. The Organization Schemes page will open.
  6. Select radio dial to copy the Sample University Scale. (If you select link, you will see scale, but not copy it.)
  7. Select Copy.
  8. You will see Copy of Sample University Scale added to your list.
  9. Select link for Copy of Sample University Scale.
  10. Rename the link with your Course No./Title and Last Name.
  11. Set your scale to match what you have listed in your syllabus. Note: You are setting the lowest possible percentage equal to an A, AB, B, BC, etc. If your scale is set according to points, you will need to figure out the percentage.

 

To set up your gradebook

  1. Go to Assessments tab in the course navigation bar at the top of your course homepage.
  2. Select Grades.
  3. Select Setup Wizard tab (Elearning will default to “Enter Grades” tab)
  4. Scroll to bottom of page and select Start.
  5. Wizard: Step 1. Select Weighted or Points.
    • Weighted: Grades for class will be determined by category; i.e. quizzes 30%, papers 50%, discussion 20%; within the category points may vary.
    • Points: Grades for class will be based on total points.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Wizard: Step 2. Select Calculated (can be set to be viewable by students) or Adjusted (not viewable by students)
  8. Select Continue.
  9. Wizard: Step 3. Select Drop ungraded items (otherwise all students will start in with a 0% and work their way toward 100%). Note: You will need to add “0” manually to gradebook if students do not submit an assignment or assessment.
  10. Allow system to keep gradebook updated.
  11. Select Continue.
  12. Wizard: Step 4. Select your Grade Scheme (system defaults to percentage which cannot be exported to registrar)
  13. Select Continue.
  14. Wizard: Step 5. Set level of decimals you would like displayed in your gradebook.
  15. Select Continue.
  16. Wizard: Step 6. Select the view that you would like students to see; i.e. points, letter grade, highlight color, decimals, title length, etc.
  17. Select to allow or not students to view their Final Grade Calculation in the gradebook. Note: you must have Calculated not Adjusted grade selected in Step. 2.
  18. Select Continue.
  19. Wizard: Step 7. Review your Gradebook Settings.
  20. Scroll to bottom of page. Select Finish.

 

Creating a Grade Category

Creating a Category in your gradebook is optional, unless you are using weighted categories. Categories are only necessary for weighted gradebooks and/or if you intend to drop a student’s lowest score in a particular category; i.e. quizzes or discussions. Categories can also be useful for organizational purposes.

  1. Go to Assessments tab in the course navigation bar at the top of your course homepage.
  2. Select Grades.
  3. Click Manage Grades tab (Elearning will default to “Enter Grades” tab)
  4. Click New.
  5. Click Category from the dropdown list. The New Category page will open.
  6. Enter a name for the category.
  7. Add Grading information for category.
    • In a “weighted” gradebook only, you will need to add a category weight. This reflects the percentage of the score you intend for that category; i.e. quizzes will account for 10% of overall grade, assignments will account for 30%. Note: You will be warned by the gradebook if your categories do not add up to or exceed 100%.
    • If you intend to allow for extra credit points in a given category, you will need to select Category grade can Exceed Category Weight. If not, leave box unchecked.
  8. Select distribution.
    • Within a category, you must elect one of the following options:
      • Manually assign weights – each item within a category might carry its own weight
      • Distribute weights by points – the Elearning system will assign weights within the category based on the number of points; i.e. what assignment is worth
      • Distribute evenly across all items - regardless of points per item, Elearning will weigh all items equally, consider them of equal value within category
  9. (Optional) Additionally, once distribution is determined, if you wish to have lowest score(s) in the category dropped, select appropriate settings.
  10. Select Display Options (optional, used to share data regarding whole class achievement for purposes of comparison).
  11. Click Save and Close at bottom of page to update system.

 

Creating a Grade Item

Grade items allow course activities like discussions, quizzes, and dropboxes to be connected to the gradebook. You can also create grade items for activities that take place outside of D2L like attendance for a hybrid course, participation in a meeting, or submission of something outside of Elearning (collected personally or via email).

  1. Go to Assessments tab in the course navigation bar at the top of your course homepage.
  2. Select Grades.
  3. Click Manage Grades tab (Elearning will default to “Enter Grades” tab)
  4. Click New.
  5. Click Item from the dropdown list.
  6. Select Numeric as your grade item type. The New Item properties page will open.
  7. Enter a name for the item.
    • Titling Note: Be sure to use the name you choose is the SAME as the name of the activity. If your discussion is called “Discussion 1 – All About Me”, your Gradebook item should also be called “Discussion 1 – All About Me”.
  8. Enter a short name.
    • Note: This will keep your gradebook shorter form left to right and easier to read. Particularly, if the item is already part of a category, consider: D1 for Discussion 1 – All About Me.
  9. Select or create a category (optional).
    • If you have created a category, you will be able to find it using the dropdown arrow. See information above about category creation.
  10. Enter the number of points the assignment will be worth.
    • In the case of the “weighted” gradebook, depending on your distribution selection, you may be required to enter a value for weight.
  11. Click Save and Close at bottom of page to update system.