Managing grade categories and items

  1. Edit a grade book category or item
  2. Editing multiple grade book categories and items
  3. Hiding/showing items in the grade book
  4. Set display options for a category or item
  5. Set availability for a category or item
  6. Set release conditions for a category or item
  7. Associate a grade item with a learning objective
  8. Reordering categories and grade items
  9. Deleting categories and grade items

Edit a grade book category or item

After you create a grade book category or item, you can edit how and when it is displayed, and apply release conditions to it.

  1. On the Manage Grades page, click on the name of the category or item you want to edit.
  2. Make your changes.
  3. Click Save on each tab you make changes to.

Editing multiple grade book categories and items

  1. On the Manage Grades page, select the check boxes beside the categories and items you want to edit.
  2. Click Edit at the top or bottom of the list.
  3. Use the table to update fields.
  4. Click Save.

Note  You can only edit the Name, Short Name, Type, Max. Points, Weight, Bonus, Can Exceed, Grade Scheme, and Category fields using the multiple edit option.

Hiding/showing items in the grade book

You can change which grade items appear in your view of the grade book using Manage Columns.

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click Manage Columns.
  2. Select the grade items you want to appear in your grade book.
  3. Click Save.

To change which grade item details (e.g., weighted grade, grade scheme color) and user details (e.g., username, email) appear in your view of the grade book, see Changing personal display options.

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Set display options for a category or item

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click Edit from the action menu of the category or item you want to edit.
  2. Click the Properties tab.
  3. If you want to show the class average for the category or item in users’ view of the grade book, select Display class average to users.
  4. If you want to display a graph showing how grades were distributed between different percentiles in users’ view of the grade book, select Display grade distribution to users.
  5. If you want to display different options for an item than what is specified on the Grades Settings pages, select Override display options for this item. This option only affects your view of the grade book; it does not affect what other users see. Click the check boxes beside the following options to select or unselect them:
    • Points grade  Displays the users’ grade in points next to the total points available. E.g., 6/10.
    • Weighted grade  Displays the users’ grade as the weight achieved towards the final grade. E.g., 3/5 (for a user who scored 60% on a grade item worth 50% of a category worth 10% of the final grade).
    • Grade scheme symbol  Displays the symbol for the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. E.g., "A" or "Very Good".
    • Grade scheme color  Displays the color associated with the grade scheme level achieved by the user, if applicable. E.g., .
  6. Click Save.

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Set availability for a category or item

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click Edit from the action menu of the category or item you want to edit.
  2. Click the Restrictions tab.
  3. Select one of the following:
    • Category is always visible/Grade item is always visible  Users can always see the category or item
    • Hide this category/Hide this grade item  Users can never see the category or item
    • Category is visible for a specific date range/Grade item is visible for a specific date range  Users can see the category or item during a restricted date range
  4. If you select Category is visible for a specific date range/Grade item is visible for a specific date range, use the Has Start Date and Has End Date options to specify when the category or item should be visible.
  5. Click Save.

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Set release conditions for a category or item

Release conditions enable you to associate a category or item with other items in Learning Environment. For example, you could require that users complete the last assignment in the category Unit 1 before the category Unit 2 appears in their grade book.

  1. On the Enter Grades page, click Edit from the action menu of the category or item you want to edit.
  2. Click the Restrictions tab.
  3. In the Release Conditions section, click either Attach Existing or Create and Attach.
  4. Choose whether access to the grade category is dependent on meeting all or any of your conditions.
  5. Click Save.

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Associate a grade item with a learning objective

On the Enter Grades page, click Edit from the action menu of the category or item you want to edit. Use the Objectives tab to associate a learning objective with a grade item.

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Reordering categories and grade items

  1. On the Manage Grades page, click Reorder from the More Actions button.
  2. Select a new position for a category or grade item using the Sort Order drop-down list beside its name. The positions of other categories and grade items adjust accordingly.
  3. Click Save.

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Deleting categories and grade items

  1. On the Manage Grades page, click Delete from the More Actions button.
  2. Select the check box beside the category or grade item you want to delete.
  3. Click Delete.

Notes

Selecting a category does not select the grade items that reside in it. If you delete a category, the grade items associated with it become independent grade items.

You cannot delete grade items that are associated with another course object, such as a quiz, discussion topic, or dropbox folder. To delete the item you must first remove the association. Click the Information icon next to a grade item with an association to view details about where the item is used.

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