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How do I connect a course discussion, assignment or quiz to Grades?

These instructions assume you have already logged in to D2L and entered the course in which you wish to work.

Note: An activity can only be connected to a "Numeric" type grade item to which a rubric has not already been attached.

Associate a Discussion Topic to a Grade item


  1. Click "Communication"in the navigation bar.
  2. Select "Discussions" from the menu that opens.
  3. Locate the topic you would like associated with a grade item. Click the down arrow ( ) button next to the topic name.
  4. Select "Edit Topic" from the menu that opens.
  5. Click the "Assessment" tab from the four edit tabs that open.
  6. If you have already created the grade item at grades for the topic, choose that Grade Item from the dropdown options. Proceed to step 8.
  7. If you have not already created the grade item at grades for the topic, click New Grade Item in blue text to the right of the Grade Item dropdown. A New Grade Item creation pop up window will open
    1. On the pop up, enter a name for the new grade item
    2. If using Grade item categories choose the appropriate category for the new grade item.
    3. Enter the "Maximum Points" this discussion topic will be scored out of.
    4. If using a weighted grade book and not using D2L options to designate weights, enter the weight this discussion topic will be calculated towards the final grade.
    5. Click "Save" on the New Grade Item pop up window
  8. Enter the same value from the Grade item "Maximum points" field to the "Score Out Of" field
  9. (optional) Add a Rubric to be used when scoring the discussion topic.
  10. (optional) Fill in the checkbox to "Allow assessment of individual posts" and select a Calculation option if you want to give a score for each individual post a student makes to the topic.
  11. Click the "Save and Close" button.


Associate an Assignment to a Grade item


  1. Click "Assessment"in the navigation bar.
  2. Select "Assignments" from the menu that opens.
  3. Locate the assignment you would like associated with a grade item. Click the down arrow ( ) button next to the topic name.
  4. Select "Edit Assignment" from the menu that opens.
  5. If you have already created a grade item at grades for this Assignment skip to step 6. To create a new grade item for this assignment:
    1. Click into the "points" field
    2. Enter the points the assignment will be scored out of
    3. Click the down arrow ( ) button next to "Not in Gradebook"
    4. Click "Edit or Link to Existing"
    5. (optional) Click "Choose Grade Category" if you have previously created Grade Categories and want to nest the new grade item into one of those catgories.
    6. (optional) Click "Change Grade Type & Scheme" if you want to make the grade item for the assignment a "Selectbox" type (a dropdown of options based upon a Grade Scheme) rather than a Numeric type (a field to which you enter a numerical value).
    7. Click "OK" button when done with optional settings
    8. Click Save and Close. D2L will automatically create a new grade item for this assignment once you click save and close.
  6. If you have already created a grade item at Grades for this assignment:
    1. Click into the "points" field
    2. Enter the points the assignment will be scored out of
    3. Click the down arrow ( ) button next to "Not in Gradebook"
    4. Click "Edit or Link to Existing"
    5. Fill in the option to "Link to an existing grade item"
    6. Select the desired grade item from the drop down list of unassociated grade items
    7. Click the "OK button
  7. Click the "Save and Close" button.


Associate a Quiz to a Grade item


  1. Click "Assessment"in the navigation bar.
  2. Select "Quizzes" from the menu that opens.
  3. Locate the quiz you would like associated with a grade item. Click the down arrow ( ) button next to the quiz name.
  4. Select "Edit" from the menu that opens.
  5. Make note of the Total points value below the list of quiz questions.
  6. Click the "Assessment" tab from the six edit tabs that open.
  7. If you want D2L to automatically score the quiz (except for Written Response type questions) fill in the option to "Allow attempt to be set as graded immediately upon completion".
  8. If you have already created the grade item at grades for the topic, choose that Grade Item from the dropdown options.
  9. If you have not already created the grade item at grades for the topic, click New Grade Item in blue text to the right of the Grade Item dropdown. A New Grade Item creation pop up window will open
    1. On the pop up, enter a name for the new grade item
    2. If using Grade item categories choose the appropriate category for the new grade item.
    3. Enter the "Maximum Points" this quiz will be scored out of. (This point value should match the Total points below the quiz questions on the quizzes Properties tab).
    4. If using a weighted grade book and not using D2L options to designate weights, enter the weight this quiz will be calculated towards the final grade.
    5. Click "Save" on the New Grade Item pop up window
  10. If you would like published attempt scores for the quiz to be automatically entered at the grade item, fill in the checkbox to "Allow automatic export to grade".
  11. Click the "Save and Close" button.


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