This article demonstrates how to set up a course grade book using the “Grades Setup Wizard.” When you enter Grades for the first time in each course, you will be taken to the “Grades Setup Wizard.” This wizard will assist you in setting up your D2L grade book. For more information on Grades, or to set up a one-to-one appointment for Grades setup, contact staff in The Office of Distance Education.


To get started with Grades setup, click “Start."




Step 1 of 7: Choose Grading System


Weighted: 
Use the weighted system if you want grade items calculated as a percentage of the final grade worth 100%.

Points:
Use the points system if you want to calculate the final grade by totaling the points users received on grade items.

Formula: Use the formula system is you want to calculate the final grade using a formula with specific conditions on grade items.



Step 2 of 7: Final Grade Released


Calculated Final Grade: This releases the grade that is achieved by users based on the grading formula set up in the grade book. It cannot be adjusted without editing grade item scores.

Adjusted Final Grade: This allows you to modify or adjust users’ grades before releasing them.


Step 3 of 7: Grade Calculations


Drop ungraded items: Items that do not have a grade inputted are not counted in the final grade. This option is recommended as it provides an accurate representation of overall grades up to the current point in the course.

Treat ungraded items as 0: With this option, items that do not have a graded inputted are counted as 0 in the final grade calculation. This calculation option will provide an inaccurate final grade until ALL scores have been entered.

Automatically keep final grade updated: When this option is enabled, final grades are automatically adjusted when grades are added or changes are made. It is recommended that you leave this option enabled.


Step 4 of 7: Choose a Default Grade Scheme


By default, the Organization Scheme, Percentage, will be selected. For more information, see the Grade Schemes article.


Step 5 of 7: Managing View Display Options


Determine how many decimal places to display for grade percentages.



Step 6 of 7: Student View Options


Points Grade: This setting determines whether the point grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view.

Grade scheme symbol: This setting determines if the grade scheme symbol associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view.

Grade scheme color: Determine whether or not the grade scheme color associated with a grade item will be displayed in the student view. The grade scheme symbol must also be displayed.

Decimals Displayed: Determine how many decimals will be displayed in the student view of Grades.

Characters Displayed: Determine how many characters of a Text grade item will display on the user list. This setting applies only to “text” grade items.

Final Grade Calculation: Enable this setting if you wish to display how the final grade was calculated to students. This setting determines whether the point grade value associated with a grade item is displayed in the student view.



Step 7 of 7: Grades Setup Summary


Review the summary. If the summary is correct, click “Finish.” If you need to change a setting, click “Go Back.”

Once Grades setup is complete, you can begin creating categories and grade items. For more information see the Create a Grade Item article.