Setting up your gradebook in D2L

Log in to D2L and select a course

Click on Grades |Click on Setup Wizard | Click Start

Click on grades

SetupWizard screenshot

Click on Start

Step 1: Select a System: Points is the most commonly used. Weighted is also common and simple to set-up. For this guide we will use Points. Click Continue

Step 1 Screenshot

Step 2: Select how to treat ungraded items. Check Automatically keep final grade updated. Click Continue

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Step 3: Keep default and click Continue (No screenshot)

 

Step 4: Enter a 2 and click Continue

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Step 5: Enter a 2. Check Display Final Grade. Click Continue

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Step 6: Click Finish

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Next, create categories and grade items. For this example we will make a category called tests and individual tests.

Click Create a New Grade Category

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Enter the name for the category. Enter a shortname (this will help you keep your gradebook from expanding far across your screen).Screenshot of category settings as described above.

 

 

In this example, all of the tests are worth 20 points so you would check to box for Distribute points across all items and enter 20 for points. Save and Close.

 

 Next, you will create the individual tests in your gradebook.

 

Click on Manage Grades | New | Item

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Click on Numeric

Screenshot of Selecting grade item

 

 

Screenshot of new item settings.Name your Test and give it a Short Name. Select the category you created.

 

Click Save and Close or Save and New to make additional tests in your gradebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Screensgot showing user clicking on grades and the switch to spreadsheet or standard view buttonTo Grade Students click Grades and Enter Grades. You can click the button to toggle Standard View and Spreadsheet view.

 

Screnshot showing where to enter student grade in spreadsheet view

Use Spreadsheet view to enter grades

 

Image showing icon next to point total in gradebookUse Standard view to view grades or grade discussion posts or dropbox items by clicking on icons by the score.

 

 

 

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D2L: Make the classlist visible

Do you want your students to see the classlist and use it to e-mail classmates?

1.  First, click Edit Course.

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2.  Next, click Navigation & Themes

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3.  Do you have a copy of the SCC Navbar on your list? If not, make a copy by clicking on the dropdown arrow next to the SCC Navbar. Select copy from the list.

Navbar list

4.  Make the copy your default navbar. Scroll up to Active Navbar and select the copy. Click Apply.

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5.  Click on the SCC Navbar – Copy. Click Add Links.

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6.  Check the box by Classlist and click Add

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7.  Classlist should now be listed. Click Save and Close and check your homepage.

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D2L Intelligent Agents

Use D2L Intelligent Agents to send automated messages to a students based on certain levels of activity or inactivity in a course.

With Intelligent Agents you can:

  • Send a reminder to a student that hasn’t logged in to D2L in several days to let them know that accessing D2L regularly is important in the course.
  • Notify students who receive a low grade on assessments to seek help.

To access Intelligent Agents log into a course and click on Edit Course on the grey nav bar.

Navbar

Scroll down to Intelligent Agents under Communication and click on it.

Intelligent Agents Button

Click the New button

New Agent Button

To create a reminder to log-in

  1. First, give it a name and type in your description. Then check Agent is enabled.

    Agent description text

  2. Under Agent Criteria and Course Activity check the box next to Take action…and select User has not accessed course for at least..” Enter a number in the field.

    Agent scheduling

  3. You may select either choice under Action Repetition however always select the Use Schedule box under Schedule to prevent students from receiving e-mails after your class has ended. Click Update Schedule.

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  4. The screenshot contains suggested settings. Click Update to save changes when you are done.

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  5.  Lastly, to send the e-mail to the student who has not logged in put {InitiatingUser} in the To field. If you wish to send yourself a copy of the e-mail, enter your own e-mail address in the Cc or Bcc field. Add a subject and the message. Click Save and Close.

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 To notify students to seek help

  1. Create a New Agent

    Agent description box

  2. Use Release Conditions

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  3. Click Create and Attach to create a new condition. You will have many options but if you wanted a quiz score to trigger the e-mail, you would click Score on a Quiz as the Condition Type. Grade Value on a Grade Item may also be chosen.

    Attachment selection box

  4. Choose the condition type and then set the condition details. In the example below, students who score less than 70% on the orientation quiz will receive an e-mail.

    Condition details

  5. Select the first option under Action Repetition. Check the box next to Use Schedule. Click Update Schedule and set the date agent to run for the dates around the quiz due date. Click Update.

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  6. Adapt your e-mail to the situation and click Save and Close.

    Email

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Using content reports to track student viewing

The Reports tool in Content can show you

  • how many of your students have viewed Content topics
  • how many times they’ve visited them
  • how much time they spent on them

To use reports click on Content:

1. Click the Table of Contents link located in the menu on the left.

2. Click the Related Tools button located near the top of the screen and select View Reports.

Screenshot of D2L content reports

3. Content modules and topics are listed on this screen along with the number of participants that have viewed each topic and the average time spent on each topic. To view specific information for a topic, click the number in the Users Visited column.

 Image of D2L content statistics page

D2L 10.3 Discussion Grading

Many of you have noticed and lamented the changes to DISCUSSIONS for D2L 10.3.

Sac City’s own Debra Crumpton reached out to Barry Dahl of D2L for comments and received a response that yes, this is a big issue and it might be fixed by October (you can see the full e-mail below).

While they fix this issue, please take a look at the instructions below for grading DISCUSSIONS.

Grading

Click Grades | Click Enter Grades (Switch to Standard View if you are not in that view by default. You are in Standard View if the button says Switch to Spreadsheet View). Click on the conversation icon to grade.

Screen shot of gradebookGradebook screenshot

Hello Debra.

Thanks for the note. Sorry to say, I won’t be of much help to you. The significant changes that were made in the Discussions tool for version 10.3 have caused a great deal of angst with many people who use the D2L Learning Environment.

At our Global User Conference in July (FUSION), a team of product developers spent three days gathering input from attendees about the problems with the Discussions tool. That development team is now working to restore the previous functionality that you are referring to.

D2L management has committed to building back in the previous functionality along with the new functionality (some people do like it) – at which time there will be a choice as to which “view” you are using. I’m not sure if they will once again call it “grid view,” which is the name that was used in the previous tool – but I would guess so.

Now the really hard part. I don’t like to give timelines because they prove to be inaccurate about 80% of the time. I know that D2L management considers this to be a very high priority, but it does take time to re-write millions of lines of code without breaking something else. I have heard the October product update is a possibility, but I wouldn’t want to guarantee that. In fact, I cannot guarantee anything since I have nothing to do with this code development that I’m talking about. The previous functionality will be restored within the next few months is probably the best I can say at this time, and have a reasonable chance of being right.

That’s pretty much all I have for you on this topic. Thanks for the note, and stay tuned to more details which will be disseminated through your D2L site admin staff and your college administrators.

 Cheers, Barry

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