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The D2L Gradebook is a fairly lightweight, manageable place to upgrade courses for spring 2021 or even now in fall. There are tips for easy use and effectively transmitting feedback to students in the D2L Grades workshop and Self-Paced Training Video Set.

Students appreciate having their grades reported through D2L. Properly using the D2L Gradebook can help eliminate student-prompted conversations about “how they are doing” and repetitive procedural announcements in class or through D2L.

Use the grades tool in various ways to build a gradebook best suited to your classes and teaching. Click here to watch a tutorial to enter final grades in D2L at the end of the semester.

Recording grades in an Excel spreadsheet may seem easier but this does not report progress to students or calculate their cumulative or average grades. Export grades entered into D2L to an Excel spreadsheet for safekeeping or other purposes.

Gradebooks only need to be built in a course once. Since gradebook structure copies and other course content is copied the following semester, it will not need to be built again.

These topics are covered in our D2L Grades Workshop and are also great opportunities to ask questions about gradebooks. Feel free to make an appointment with COLI to discuss more comprehensive changes to your grading structure in D2L.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI