Grades Settings FAQ

How can I show my students how they are doing at any point in the semester?

Once you know the trick, this is an easy matter. The trick is to use a combination of settings and to be sure you grade missing assignments with a zero or the grade will look artificially inflated:

The students will now be able to see how they are doing on those assignments that you have graded.

Be aware that the Quizzes will not give an automatic zero grade so those must be manually entered into the Grades tool.

What is the difference between Drop ungraded items and Treat ungraded items as 0?

There are benefits and drawbacks to each setting, depending on your grading preferences.

How can I export my Grades to submit at the end of the semester?

To export your grades as an Excel spreadsheet:

How do I give extra credit?

In D2L Brightspace-speak extra credit is called bonus and you can make any grade item set as bonus. Something to think about is that your students now have the ability to earn more points than the course’s total points. In order to let their actual points be reflected you should set the Final Calculated Grade and/or Final Adjusted Grade to allow those extra points. The same goes for a category, if you have bonus points within a category. These steps will be shown after the steps to edit and add an extra credit item.

Can I display the students’ letter grades in my grade book?

It takes a little bit of preparation, but this is very possible.

  4. There are only three rows, so let’s first add two more so we can include A, B, C, D, and F. Under the Ranges table enter a “2” into the Add Ranges field then use the Add Ranges link to add them to the table above. We now can start entering the data.

   5.In the Symbol column enter F, D, C, B, A, from top to bottom.

         6. The Start % column is where we set the lowest grade in each range. The F is done for us and starts at zero. Below that enter 60, 70, 80, and 90 for D, C, B, and A.

         7. The Color column lets you color-code your grade book which is handy to spot trouble at a glance.

         8. The Assigned Value % us where we set the highest points in each grade range. For most Pima programs, these values are, starting from the top: 59, 69, 79, 89, and 100 for F, D, C, B, and A.

         9. Save and Close and you now have a letter grade scheme that you can apply to your grade book. Verify that the Default Scheme check is next to your new scheme

   B. Next, let’s link it to the Final Calculated Grades column.

  C. And finally, let’s verify the settings for the grade book as a whole.

How do I associate a third-party assignment to the grade book?

   4. If you do not yet have a grade book column created, you can use the + button to create one here.

   5. Save