Common Tasks in D2L for Instructors
Saint Cloud Technical College – James Falkofske (revised March 2009)
Gradebook Setup Tips
Attendance: create a single gradebook item titled “Attendance Deduction” and then keep track of the missing dates by
using the Comments field in the item grading. Document the dates missing and after the threshold is met, you can enter in
negative numbers as the student’s grade.
Project Groups / Research Paper Topics / Presentation Titles: keeping track of which presentation or group a student
is completing is useful. Create separate grade items of type TEXT to have a textbook in which you can enter a short
description to help you remember. This is also visible to students – to help them remember as well.
Extra Credit: Rather than create extra credit on individual assignment grades, consider creating a grade Category for
extra credit and keep track of it all there. That will give you a better perspective on how well students are performing on
the normal graded assignments and also provide you with a defense if students feel you should raise their grades (“you
had 4 changes for extra-credit, all listed in the gradebook”).
Rounding Up: D2L does not use built-in rounding routines. You can easily “round-off” your student’s final grade by
giving all students an extra-credit (bonus) item titled “Rounding Up in Your Favor.” Figure out what ½% (or 0.005) is in
your course total points and give everyone that many points of Bonus (extra-credit). If your course has 200 points, then
½% x 200 = 1point. If your course has 600 points, then ½% x 600 = 3 points. Since D2L truncates scores when
assigning letter grades, students would should “round-up” will, and those who don’t qualify will not.
Lots of Completion Exercises: Students in hybrid and online courses can sometimes procrastinate. If you normally have
a few big projects during the term, you might consider breaking the grading for the item down into smaller steps which
have gradebook items set up as type Pass/Fail. For instance, on a research paper, rather than awarding all 50 points when
the paper is submitted, you might consider something like the following:
Pick the topic for your research paper
Pass / Fail
Turn in 8 recent and credible research sources for the
Pass / Fail
Turn in Outline for Paper’s 3 to 5 Main Sections
Pass / Fail
Turn in Draft of First Section, including proper
formatting and citations
Turn in Research Paper and all Attachments