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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 the Grades area in your course site. (The Enter Grades page should be displayed, but if not, click the Enter Grades link at the top of the page.)
  2. Click the Switch to Spreadsheet View button on the top-right side of the page. All of the fields in your grade book will become textboxes.
    spreadsheet view
  3. Enter scores in the textboxes as necessary.
  4. Click the Save button at the bottom of the page. The scores you entered will now be published.

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 the Grades area in your course site.
  2. Click the (A) dropdown arrow next to the item you’d like to grade, then select (B) Grade All.
    grade-all
  3. Enter scores in the textboxes in the Grade column for each student.
  4. Click the comment icon in the Feedback column to leave qualitative feedback.
  5. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the page when you are done entering grades.
    grade item

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 the Grades area in your course site.
  2. Click the (A) dropdown arrow next to the item you’d like to grade, then select (B) Grade All.
    grade-all
  3. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the students you are giving the same grade. You can select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.
  4. Click the Set Grades link; it appears above the list of students. The Grade Selected pop-up window will open.
  5. Enter a value in the Grade textbox.
  6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the window. The value will now appear in the Grade column for the students you selected.
    set grades
  7. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the page.

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. Click the (A) dropdown arrow next to the item you’d like to grade, then select (B) Grade All.
    grade-all
  3. Select the checkboxes next to the names of the students you are giving the same grade. You can select all of the students at once by selecting the checkbox above the list of students.
  4. Click the Add Feedback link; it appears above the list of students. The Add Feedback pop-up window will open.
  5. Enter your feedback in the textbox.
  6. Click the Save button at the bottom of the window. The text will now appear in the Feedback column for the students you selected.
    add bulk feedback
  7. Click the Save and Close button at the bottom of the page.

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. Click the (A) dropdown arrow next to the item you’d like to grade, then select (B) Grade All.
    Grades-SelectAll
  3. 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.
  4. Select the Exempt above the spreadsheet.
  5. Click Save and Close, then 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. Click the (A) dropdown arrow next to any grade item, then select (B) Grade All.
    Grades-SelectAll
  3. Choose the arrow dropdown menu next to the appropriate student (A), and then choose (B) Bulk Edit Exemptions.
    Grades Choose Bulk Edit Exemptions
  4. Select the checkboxes next to the grade items you want to exempt for the student. You can select or unselect all of the grade items at once by selecting Select / Unselect All at the top of the list.
  5. Click Save and Close
    Grades Edit Grade Exemptions for User

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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