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The Grades area allows instructors to see, enter, and modify the grades for students in the course in one of two ways: spreadsheet view, which allows grades to be entered throughout the grade book, as if it were a spreadsheet, or by grade item, i.e., by entering scores for a single grade item for one, several, or all the students in the class.
Spreadsheet view enables modification of grades for all students and all assignments on one page; however, this view will not allow for qualitative feedback.
There is also an option to open just one grade item to enter grades for each student. When entering grades for a single grade item, qualitative feedback can also be entered.
If all or most students earned the same grade on an assignment,
as a time saver, several students can be given the same grade at once.
If giving multiple students the same feedback on an assignment--like group members--this feedback can be given to several students at once.
If there are students who should be exempt from more than one grade item, they can be given "exemption" status for multiple grade items at once. This does not count for or against the student in the final grade calculation.
By default, D2L does not display a cumulative grade to students. However, a final grade can be manually released. See Calculating Final Grades for more information.