D2L - Setup Grade Book with Setup Wizard

Last Updated: 08/15/2017
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The following documentation will demonstrate how to use the Setup Wizard to establish your preferred grade book settings. This process is highly recommended when initially setting up a grade book. The Setup Wizard allows for a user to customize their grade book for their specific course needs, aiding in the creation of the entirety of the course structure.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Click Setup Wizard.

Step 3

The Grades Setup Wizard screen will appear. Click the Start button to begin setting up the course grade book.

Step 4

Select a desired grading system, then click Continue. The three different grading systems are:

  • Weighted
  • Points
  • Formula

Step 5

Choose how Final Grades will be released for a course. The two types of grades you can choose from to have released are:

  • Calculated Final Grade: The grade that is achieved by users based on the grading formula set up in the grade book. It cannot be adjusted without editing grade item scores.
  • Adjusted Final Grade: Allows you to modify or adjust users’ grades before releasing them.

Step 6

Choose if you wish to Automatically release final grades. This setting will cause your final grades to become automatically set as “released,” or visible to students, whenever final grades are entered/updated (you can have D2L update final calculated grades automatically in the next step). If you choose not to release grades automatically, you can always turn this functionality on later or release grades manually from the enter grades screen. For more information, see the Manually Release Final Grades tutorial.

Step 7

Set Grade Calculations for a course, then click Continue. Grade Calculation options include:

  • Ungraded Items
    • Drop ungraded items
    • Treat ungraded items as 0
  • Auto Update

Step 8

Choose a Grade Scheme and then click Continue.

*Note: This setting can be adjusted at a later time, but keep in mind that in order to upload grades to the registrar at the end of a semester a letter grade for each student is necessary. For more information on schemes visit the Understanding Grade Schemes page.

Step 9

Enter the number of decimals to be assigned to grade calculations, then click Continue.

Step 10

Set your Submission View Display settings, then click Continue. The Submission View is how students/users will see grades, and the options include:

  • Grade Details:
    • Points grade
    • Weighted grade (if applicable)
    • Grade scheme symbol (if applicable)
    • Grade scheme color (if applicable)
  • Decimals Displayed
  • Characters Displayed: The number of characters to display for a gradebook item
  • Final Grade Calculation: Whether or not you wish to display the final grade at any point in a semester.

Step 11

Review the Grades Setup Summary. If satisfied, click Finish and your new grade book settings will take effect.