D2L - Understanding Grades Schemes

Last Updated: 01/08/2019


A grade scheme is a way of organizing users’ performances on grade items into levels of achievement. A grade scheme can include any number of achievement levels. Each achievement level has its own range of acceptable grades and a symbol, such as a numeric value, letter, or text description, to represent it. You can create your own grade schemes or use the pre-set grades schemes.

Grade Scheme Examples

  • Letter Grades: A, A-, B+, B, B- ...
  • Percentage: 95%, 85%, 75% ...
  • Numeric: 4.0, 3.7, 3.3, 3.0 ...
  • Text: Below Expectations, Meets Expectations, Exceeds Expectations

*Note: The grading schemes that come standard in a CU Boulder D2L course are Percentage and Letter Grades. In order to upload your course final grades into the Registrar's web grading system, a Letter Grades grading scheme is necessary. To learn more about exporting final grades for web grading please visit the Export Grades for Web Grading tutorial.

Access/Choosing Grades Schemes

  1. Click on Grades from the Assessments drop-down menu.
  2. Click on Schemes.
  3. To choose a grade scheme, click on the faded check mark in the Set as default column of the scheme you would like to use.

Editing Grades Schemes

Creating or editing a new grading scheme is useful when you grade your class on a different system than standard grading. For example, an instructor using a different range of percentages to correspond to a grade than is generally used (e.g. A = 90% - 100%, A- = 85% - 89%).

If you want to use a similar grades scheme to one already in use, it is useful to copy that scheme and adjust the values/ranges as needed. Please use the D2L - Copying Grades Schemes tutorial to copy and edit a grade scheme.

Instructions / Tutorials