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Grade categories

Grade categories

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Grade categories are an optional feature in D2L and are useful for grouping and marking several grade items within the same category. The weight of items in each category can be distributed manually or evenly. For example, if you offer weekly quizzes or assignments in your course that are all weighted evenly, using the category feature may be useful.

Create grade categories

Grade categories are an optional feature in D2L and are useful for grouping and marking several grade items within the same category. The weight of items in each category can be distributed manually or evenly. For example, if you offer weekly quizzes or assignments in your course that are all weighted evenly, using the category feature may be useful.

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  1. On the Manage Grades page, click Category from the New button.
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  1. Enter a Name for the category.
  2. If you want, enter a Short Name to display in the grade book.
  3. If you want, enter a Description of the category. Select the Allow users to view description check box if you want to make the category description available to users.
  4. If you are using the weighted system, enter the total Weight or percentage that you want the category to contribute towards the final grade. Use numeric values only (i.e. do not insert the % sign).
  5. See below to set additional options as required and click Save and Close. To create another category, click Save and New.

Additional grade category options

Select either:

  • Allow category grade to exceed category weight in the weighted system.
  • Can Exceed check box in the points system.

Weighted system example: You create an “Assignments” category that contains two grade items: A1 and A2. Both assignments are worth 50% of the category and can exceed the weight specified. A student receives 100% on A1 and 110% on A2. He or she receives 105% in the Assignments category.

Points system example: You create an “Assignments” category that contains two grade items: A1 and A2. Both assignments are out of 10 points and can exceed the maximum points specified. A student receives 12/10 and 9/10 on the grade items.

Select either:

  • 0% in the Weight field in the weighted system.
  • Exclude from Final Grade Calculation check box in the points system.

For the weighted system, select one of:

  • Manually assign weight to items in the category: Calculating and setting item weights enables you to control the weighting of individual items that belong to a weighted category.
  • Distribute weights by points across all items in the category: Uses the points of individual, non-bonus grade items to determine the relative weighting of each item out of 100%.
  • Distribute weight evenly across all items: Gives all grade items equal weighting in the weighted category regardless of the number of points the individual item is out of.

For the points or formula system, select:

  • Distribute points across all items then enter the Points per item.

Select either:

  • Distribute weight evenly across all items in the weighted system, then enter a Number of highest non-bonus items to drop for each user and Number of lowest non-bonus items to drop for each user.
  • Distribute points across all items in the points system, then enter a Number of highest non-bonus items to drop for each user and Number of lowest non-bonus items to drop for each user.

 

Note: Grades must be distributed evenly to use this option and you cannot drop bonus items.

Select or clear:

  • Display class average to users
  • Display grade distribution to users
  • Override display options for this item, then select or clear the additional options that display.