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The Grades area allows instructors to see, enter, and modify the grades for students. Instructors can use Spreadsheet view to enter grades throughout the grade book, as if it were a spreadsheet. Alternatively, instructors can enter scores by grade item. Once grades and feedback have been given, instructors can preview grades to see the Grades area as specific students will.
Note: The default settings for Student View Display Options in grades allow students to see only their numerical grade for a grade item. To allow students to view a letter grade or another grade symbol (like Pass/Fail), these settings will need to be modified, either for the grade item or the entire gradebook. More information can be found in D2L's resource center.
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.
Instructors can preview what an individual student will see when they navigate to the Grades area.
By default, D2L does not display a cumulative grade to students. However, a final grade can be manually released. See Releasing Final Grades for more information.