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Entering Grades in D2L

In the Grades area, you can see, enter, and modify the grades for the students in your course in one of two ways: spreadsheet view, which allows you to enter grades throughout your entire grade book, as if it were a spreadsheet, or by grade item, i.e., by entering scores for a grade item for one, several, or all the students in your class.

Enter Grades in Spreadsheet View

Spreadsheet view enables you to enter and modify grades for all students and all assignments on one page; however, this view will not allow you to leave students 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. All of the fields in your grade book will become textboxes.
  3. Enter scores in the textboxes as necessary.
  4. Select Save.

Enter Grades by Grade Item

You have the option to open just one grade item enter grades for each student. When you enter grades for a single grade item, you also have the ability to enter qualitative feedback.

  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 of your students earned the same grade on an assignment, as a time saver you can give several students 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.
  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 you want to give multiple students the same feedback on an assignment--like group members--you can give several students the same feedback at once.

  1. Go to the Grades area in your course site.
  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. You can select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.
  5. Select the Add Feedback link.
  6. Enter feedback in the textbox.
  7. Select Save. 
  8. Select Save and Close.

Exempt Students from Grade Item

If you have students who should be exempt from a certain grade item, you can give them "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 in your course site.
  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 you want to exempt for the selected grade item. You can select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.
  5. Select the Exempt above the spreadsheet.
  6. Select Save and Close.
  7. Then select Yes.

Exempt Student from Multiple Grade Items 

If you have a students who should be exempt from more than one grade item, you can give them "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 in your course site.
  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 you want 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, you can manually release their final grades. See the Calculating Final Grades guide for more information. 

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