D2L - Create a Grade Item

Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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The following documentation shows the process of creating a grade item from the Grades section of Desire2Learn. This will show the process of creating a grade item before creating the assignment it is attached to. Creating a grade item is essentially adding a new column in the grade book once attached to an assignment or quiz.

Grade items can also be created while creating an assignment, quiz or discussion item you would like to be graded. When creating these items there is an [add grade item] link that opens a new window. This window will show the options shown in steps 4-6, so reference those steps when simultaneously creating a grade item and assignment or quiz.

Step 1

Log into your course and from the Assessments drop-down menu click Grades.

Step 2

From the New drop-down menu click Item.

Step 3

Choose the type of grade item you would like. The most common is Numeric as it is simply a number of points received out of points possible (ex. 45/50).

*Note: The remaining steps show options when Numeric has been chosen as the grade type. For more information on grade item types please visit the Types of Grade Items page.

Step 4

Choose the options that you would like for your grade item. Required fields are Name: and Max Points:.

Other fields include:

  • Short Name: A short name that will be displayed in the gradebook
  • Category: If you would like to put the grade item in a category
  • Can Exceed: If you allow for students to receive greater than 100% for an assignment
  • Bonus: If you would like this item to be an extra credit item
  • Exclude from Final Grade Calculation: Not include this grade for the final grade
  • Grade Scheme: Type of grading system applied to it (ex. percentage, calculation)
  • Rubric: Add a rubric that has been created

Step 5

Click the Restrictions tab.

Step 6

Define whether or not you want to limit the times that an item is available for student viewing.

Also, if desired, attach release conditions for an item (ex. once item A has been submitted, item B can then be seen by a student)

Step 7

Click Save and Close. Now this grade item can be assigned to an assignment, discussion, quiz, or assessment of any kind.