A grade book contains your grading system, grade calculations, grade scheme, grade items, and view and display options. Grade items in your grade book represent all the work that you want to evaluate users on in a course. You can evaluate specific tasks such as assignments, tests, and participation, and you can also create grade items and associate them with course objects such as assignments and quizzes.
Starting with Brightspace Learning Environment 20.19.09, any grades you enter in Grade Book for discussion grade items and assignment grade items are also synchronized back to Discussions and Assignments . This change ensures data consistency between Discussions and Grade Book, and Assignments and Grade Book.
You must set up a grade book before you can use the Grades tool. As you plan your grade book, consider:
Making changes to a grade book's settings and calculation options after you begin tracking users' grades can significantly affect existing data.
The grading system determines how the grade items in your grade book contribute to users’ final grades. There are three options:
Grade items in your grade book represent all the work that you want to evaluate users on in a course. Grade items can exist independently in your grade book, or you can associate numeric grade items with course objects such as discussions, quizzes, and assignments. Each grade item has an entry in the grade book, which you assign a grade to for each user. Depending on the grade item type you want to create, grade items can be graded numerically or based on a grade scheme.
Grade categories organize and group related grade items into sections in your grade book, for example, a Writing Assignments grade category to group assignment items and a Class Participation grade category to group discussion items. Grade categories display in Manage Grades.
The final grade calculated by the grade book. You cannot adjust the final grade without adjusting grade item scores.
You can manually change the final grade calculation without affecting grade item scores.