Set up the grades tool
The default grade scheme in D2L uses weighted grades. This means the course grade is divided into component parts, with each part being worth some percentage of the total grade that adds up to 100.
For example: You have an exam out of 75 points. If the exam counts for 20% of the final grade, the grade item has a weight of 20 and a max points of 75. You will input the student's score out of 75. The Grades tool will do the weighted calculation, using the score out of 75 to calculate the item's weight of the final calculated grade (in this case, 20%).
We highly recommend hiding your grade columns at the start of term.
There are a few reasons for this:
- It may be upsetting for a student to see a 0 value grade (or even an F), even if they know it is too early for those grades to be official.
- As you begin entering grades, students may receive notification emails (if they have enabled them). Some students may contact you if they hear that their peers have received grades when they haven't yet.
- Also related to email notifications, some workflows may send students notifications of incomplete grades - again, leading them to believe they have achieved a 0 on an assignment.
Overall, based on feedback we have received from instructors since we began using Brightspace, setting all grade items as 'Hidden' (or scheduled for a future date release) seems to offer the best student and instructor experience.