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How to show students a running total in D2L Grades:

There are two methods that can be used to show students their running total (their current standing in the course, without including future assignments.):

  • Method A: Set the grade book to “drop ungraded items”
    • Must manually enter zeroes for missed assignments, quizzes or discussions
  • Method B: Use a Calculated column to display current points earned
    • If settings are set to “Treat ungraded items as zero”, you will need to add each assignment to the calculated grade column as its due date passes

 

Method A: Dropping ungraded items

Navigate to the Grades area

D2L navigation bar with Grades highlighted 

Click on Settings (upper right side of page)

D2L Settings link

Select the Calculations Options tab

Towards the bottom of that tab, select the radio button to “Drop ungraded items”

grade settings calculation options page with drop grades highlighted

Click Save then click Close

NOTE: remember to enter zeroes when a student has missed an assignment, discussion or quiz so the total reflects the missed work.

Be sure to release the Final Calculated Grade to student view so they can see the running total.

Method B: Use a Calculated column to display current points earned

Navigate to the Grades area

D2L navigation bar with Grades highlighted

Verify that you are on the Manage Grades page and then click on the “New” button and select “Item”

New grade item with dropdown menu open

On the next screen, select the grade item type as “Calculated”

selection page for new grade item types

On the following screen,

  1. Enter a Name
  2. [Optional] enter a short name
  3. [Optional] click ‘Can Exceed’ if the grade can show as higher than 100%
  4. Select the grade items to be included in the calculation
    • If grade settings are set to “treat ungraded items as zero”, only include items where the due date has passed
    • If the grade settings are set to “drop ungraded items”, you may select all the items to be included in the grade calculation but remember to enter zeroes when a student has missed an assignment, discussion or quiz.

       5. Click “Save and Close”

Calculated grade item detail page with numbered bullets to indicate required steps

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