Instructor: Configure Your Gradebook

Important! All newly created courses will have the gradebook set to automatically Drop Ungraded Items.

If you wish to use the old default setting, Treat Ungraded Items as Zero, you will  need to make this change manually (see Section 4 below).

This decision was made as part of the CatCloud initiative to allow students to see a running grade for their courses.

1. Locate: Grade settings

Locate the Settings page to configure global settings for grades.

  1. Click on Grades in the navbar.navigation bar with grades linked circled


  2. Click Settings. Manage grades with Settings link circled



2. Edit: Change grading system to weighted

Switch to Weighted Grades (Default: Points).

Weighted grades allow you to use both points (for grading) and percentages of the final grade. This allows for more flexibility within categories of items - for instance, you can have any number of Quizzes that total to 30% of the final grade.

  1. Click Grades.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Select the Calculation Options tab.
  4. Select Weighted under Grading System.Calculation Options tab with Weighted grade option circled.


  5. Click the Save button.
  6. Click Yes.
  7. Click Yes to confirm the change.
  8. Click Close.

3. Determine: Grade scheme symbol visibility

This must be visible to students if using text grade items to leave comments. It is also required when exporting grades to UAccess.

  1. Click Grades.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select the Class Display Options tab.
  4. Check the box next to Grade scheme symbol under Student View Display OptionsScreenshot of Grades settings display options, with the Grade scheme symbol circled.


  5. Click Save.

4. Determine: How ungraded items are calculated

Choose how D2L calculates the final grade.

Note: If you have different sections of students in your course (for example, undergraduates and graduates), you can use this setting to automatically drop all items that they do not need to complete, instead of manually exempting students from grade items.


  1. Click Grades.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the Calculation Options tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Grade Calculation Section select eitherShows the option to drop ungraded items from final calculated grade.
    • Drop ungraded items: 
      • About: Items don't count toward the final grade until an actual grade (including a zero) is entered.
      • Benefit: Final grades are calculated based only on activities that have been completed and assessed
      • Drawback: You must enter zeros. If you release the calculated grade to them (section 5 below), students see their running grade but may have a false sense of how they are doing, especially if more heavily weighted activities are later in the semester
    • Treat ungraded items as 0: 
      • About: Students have zeros for all assignments until the zero is replaced with a score.
      • Benefit: You do not need to enter zeros. If you release the calculated grade (section 5 below), students know exactly what their grade is at any point in time if they were to stop doing work.
      • Drawback: If you release the calculated grade, students appear to fail the course until they have completed a significant number of activities
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Close.

5. Visibility: Release calculated grade to students

Release Calculated Final Grade (Default: Not released).

Students, by default, cannot see the current grade (calculated grade) in the course. Instructors must release it for students to view it.

Part I: Switch Setting to release final calculated grade

  1. Click Grades.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the Calculation Options tab.
  4. Scroll down to the Final Grade Released section, select Final Calculated Grade.Shows the option to release final calculated grade to students.


  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Close.

Part II: Release the final calculated grade to students

  1. Click Grades.
  2. Locate the Final Calculated Grade, click on the context menu (inverted triangle) to the right, select Enter Grades.Screenshot of menu options from context menu to the right of Final calculated grades, Enter Grades circled
  3. Click on the context menu (inverted triangle) to the right of Final Grades at the top of the page, select Release All. Context menu to right of Final Grades, with release all circled
  4. Click Save and Close.



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