Configuring Your Grade Book

Begin using the grades tool by setting up your grade book. You can create the grade book at any point in the semester, but it is recommended that you do this early in the term – doing so allows you to link assessments (quizzes etc.) created in Brightspace to the grade book for a direct grade transfer. Note: Once you begin entering student grades, you should not make changes to the grade book settings as they can affect existing data.

Remember: Hide the final exam or final assessment grade item in the grade book. Final grades are officially released by the Registrar’s Office through Memorial Self-Service five days after final exams end. For more information, please visit: The Registrar’s Office.

Follow the steps below to create and use the grade book in Brightspace. At the bottom of the page, you can also find videos that illustrate each of these steps.

  1. On your course page, click on Assessment and select Grades from the dropdown menu.
  2. Select Setup Wizard from the navigation bar and click Start. The default settings suggested during the setup process are the most commonly used options. However, if you would like to follow a unique evaluation scheme, you can make selections that reflect your plan.
    Note: In step 2 of this process (Final Grade Displayed), you must select Adjusted Final Grade. At the end of the term, grades from this column (and not from the Calculated Final Grade column) will be transferred to Banner.
  3. Create your Grade Items. Grade items represent the actual assessments students in your course will complete and to which you will assign grades.
  4. Once you start creating assessments in your course, link them to Grade Items in your grade book.
    Note: You can also create Categories in your grade book to help you group related assessments (e.g. quizzes) into sections. However, using this feature is not necessary.


Understanding Grades

Create a Grade Item

Create a Category

Associate an Activity with a Grade Item