Teaching Commons > Teaching Guides > Technology > Desire2Learn > Tools > Grades > Entering Grades
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.