Creating grade items

Build your grade book by creating grade items.

The grades you manually enter in your grade book for quizzes, discussions, and assignments grade items are automatically synchronized back to Quizzes, Discussions and Assignments.

Note: Quizzes grades are not synchronized when the tool is updated by the Brightspace API or when you import your grade book. Discussions and Assignments grades do synchronize when using the Brightspace API and when importing the grade book. Review Synchronizing your grade book with other tools for more information.

Create calculated grade items

You can use a calculated grade item to display a user's cumulative achievement across multiple grade items. Unlike the calculated final grade, calculated grade items do not recognize grade category settings of the grade items they evaluate, such as exclusion or distribution options. They cannot belong to a category and they cannot contribute to the calculated final grade. Note that you cannot associate calculated grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Only numeric grade items can be associated with course objects.

Create formula grade items

Use formula grade items to automatically grade users using a custom formula based on achievements in other grade items.

The following limitations apply to formula grade items: Formula grade items cannot belong to a category; you must create all of the grade items you want to include in the formula grade item before you create the formula item; and Formula grade items do not contribute to the calculated final grade in a points-based or weighted-based grade book. You can only calculate the final grade with formula grade items using the Formula grading system.

Note that you cannot associate formula grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Only numeric grade items can be associated with course objects.

Create text grade items

Use text grade items to provide comments that are not counted towards users’ final grades. Text grade items cannot belong to a category and they do not contribute to the calculated final grade. Note that you cannot associate text grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Only numeric grade items can be associated with course objects.

Create select box grade items

Grade users by assigning a grade scheme level that is equivalent to a percentage grade range. You cannot create select box grade items if you do not have at least one grade scheme for the course. Note that you cannot associate calculated grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Only numeric grade items can be associated with course objects.

Create pass/fail grade items

You can grade users using a simple pass/fail grade scheme. Note that you cannot associate calculated grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Only numeric grade items can be associated with course objects.

Create numeric grade items

Grade users by assigning a value out of a specified total number of points. Numeric grade items are the only type of grade item that you can associate with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments.