The Grade Setup Wizard allows you to customize the behavior of your grade book through a seven-step process. This page describes those seven steps and the decisions you will have to make in each of them.
Step 1: Choose Grading System
There are three grading systems in D2L Brightspace: Weighted, Points, and Formula. We strongly recommend that you use the Weighted system that is on by default.
Step 2: Final Grade Released
In this step, you decide the final grade that is released at the end of the semester:
- Calculated Final Grade - The final grade is solely based on the scores of the individual grade items and cannot be manually adjusted.
- Adjusted Final Grade - You can manually modify the grades before releasing them.
We recommend using the Adjusted Final Grade so that you have flexibility when determining final grades.
You can also decide to automatically release final grades within D2L Brightspace here, though we recommend handling this manually.
Step 3: Grade Calculations
In this step, you can decide how you would like the grade book to handle items that have not yet been graded. You can:
This step also gives you the option to update the final grade automatically, which we recommend keeping checked.
Step 4: Choose Default Grade Scheme
While you have the option to change your default grade scheme, we recommend leaving it as a "Percentage" scheme. More information about grade schemes can be found here.
Step 5: Managing View Display Options
Here you can decide how many decimal places are displayed on items in the grade book for users with grading priveleges (e.g., Faculty, TAs). We recommend using the default, which is 2 decimal places.
Step 6: Student View Display Options
Here you can decide what students will see when viewing items in the grade book.
In the Grade Details, you can decide how grades are displayed in the grade book. By default, students see the points earned on the assignment and the weight that is contributed to their overall grade. You can also allow the grades screen to display the symbol and/or color associated with the grade item where appropriate.
The "Decimals Displayed" and "Characters Displayed" options allow you to limit the decimal places displayed on numeric items and the characters displayed on text items.
Finally, you can decide whether or not to display how the student's final grade was calculated.
Step 7: Grades Setup Summary
Finally, you can review the grade options you selected and finish the setup process.