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How do I set up a grade book?

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Instructors can set up a grade book with either a points-based system or a weighted system. This FAQ describes both methods.

A Points-based system deals strictly with individual assignments, there is an assignment and it is worth x points.  A Weighted system deals with percentages.  For example Exams are worth 50% of a final grade, Quizzes are worth 25% of the final grade, and a Final presentation is worth 25%.

Points-based system

Step 1: Selecting the Point System

  1. Log in to D2L.
  2. Click Grades from the Navigation bar.
  3. Click Settings at the top right of the page.
  4. Select the Calculation Options tab.
  5. Select the Points option.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Yes.
 

Step 2: Creating Grade Categories (Optional)

Categories in a points based system are optional.  They can help if you want to drop a grade from a category or if you want to distribute points evenly across all items.  If you do not need those features, skip to Step 3 
  1. Select Grades from the Navigation bar.
  2. Select Manage Grades.
  3. Click New, then Category. 
    • Name: Give the category a name, i.e. Exams.
    • Distribution: Select Distribute weight evenly across all items.
  4. Click Save and Close if you are done creating categories, or Save and New to create another category. 
 

Step 3: Creating Grade Items

  1. Select Grades from the Navigation bar.
  2. Select Manage Grades.
  3. Click New, then Item.
  4. Click Numeric.
    • Name: Give the grade item a name.
    • Category: Select the desired category from the dropdown menu.
    • Max. Points: Determine how many points this grade item is worth.
  5. Click Save and Close to finish, or Save and New to finish and create another item.
 

Weighted System

Step 1: Selecting the Weighted System

  1. Log in to D2L.
  2. Click Grades from the Navigation bar.
  3. Click Settings at the top right of the page.
  4. Select the Calculation Options tab.
  5. Select the Weight option.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Click Yes.

Step 2: Creating Grade Categories

  1. Select Grades from the Navigation bar.
  2. Select Manage Grades.
  3. Click New, then Category.
    • Name: Give the category a name, i.e. Exams.
    • Weight: Determine the weight percentage that this category will hold.
    • Distribution: Select Distribute weight evenly across all items.
  4. Click Save and Close if you are done creating categories, or Save and New to create another category. 
 

Step 3: Creating Grade Items

  1. Select Grades from the Navigation bar.
  2. Select Manage Grades.
  3. Click New, then Item.
  4. Click Numeric.
    • Name: Give the grade item a name.
    • Category: Select the desired weighted category from the dropdown menu.
    • Max. Points: Determine how many points this grade item is worth.
  5. Click Save and Close to finish, or Save and New to finish and create another item.
 
 
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