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Entering Grades in D2L

​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.

Enter Grades in Spreadsheet View

Spreadsheet view enables modification of grades for all students and all assignments on one page; however, this view will not allow for qualitative feedback.

  1. Go to Grades. (The Enter Grades page should be displayed, but if not, select the Enter Grades link.)
  2. Select the Switch to Spreadsheet View button [A]. All of the fields in the grade book will become textboxes.
    button labeled spreadsheet view
  3. Enter scores in the textboxes as necessary.
  4. Select Save.

Enter Grades by Grade Item

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.

  1. Go to Grades.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the grade item.
  3. Select Enter Grades.
  4. Enter scores in the textboxes in the Grade column for each student.
  5. Select the comment icon in the Feedback column to leave qualitative feedback.
  6. Select Save and Close.

Give Multiple Students the Same Grade at the Same Time

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.

  1. Go to Grades.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the grade item.
  3. Select Enter Grades
  4. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the students. (Select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.)
  5. Select the Set Grades link [A]. 
    button to set grades for multiple students
  6. Enter a value in the Grade textbox
  7. Select Save
  8. Select Save and Close.

Give Multiple Students the Same Feedback at the Same Time

If giving multiple students the same feedback on an assignment--like group members--this feedback can be given to several students at once.

  1. Go to the Grades area.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the grade item.
  3. Select Enter Grades.
  4. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the students you are giving the same feedback. (Select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.)
  5. Select the Add Feedback link [A].
    button to add feedback for multiple students
  6. Enter feedback in the textbox.
  7. Select Save. 
  8. Select Save and Close.

Exempt Students from Grade Item

If there are students who should be exempt from a certain grade item, they can be given "exemption" status by grade item. This does not count for or against the students in the final grade calculation.
  1. Go to the Grades area.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to the item you’d like to grade.
  3. Select Enter Grades.
  4. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the students to exempt for the selected grade item. (Select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.)
  5. Select the Exempt link [A].
    button to exempt students
  6. Select Save and Close.
  7. Then select Yes.

Exempt Student from Multiple Grade Items 

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.

  1. Go to the Grades area.
  2. Select the dropdown arrow next to any grade item.
  3. Select Enter Grades.
  4. Choose the  dropdown arrow [A] next to the appropriate student.
  5. Choose Bulk Edit Exemptions [B].
    Grades Choose Bulk Edit Exemptions
  6. Select the checkboxes next to the grade items to exempt for the student. Select or unselect all of the grade items at once by selecting Select / Unselect All at the top of the list.
  7. Select Save and Close

NEXT STEPS

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.