1. Click Grades from Assessments or Course Admin from the Navbar once you are in your course.

2.  Click Manage Grades.

3.  Click New and then Item from the dropdown.

4.  Select the Grade Type Item.

5.  Enter Name and Short Name, Description and other information that appears based on the type of item you selected.  

6. Click Restrictions and select preferences, if applicable.

7.  Leave Objectives blank.

8.  Click Save and Close at the bottom. 

To enter grades in the item you just created:

  1.  Click Enter Grades.
  2.  Find the column for the grade item you just created.
  3. Click Grade All from the dropdown next to the grade item’s name.
  4. Enter the grades and click Save and Close at the bottom. 

Give your students easy, 24 x 7 access to their midterm (and final) letter grade, even if you do not record every assignment throughout the term.

These instructions are for creating a grade book item to enter a letter grade directly into brightspace (A, B, C, D, F). This column is not worth any points, nor does it calculate points, its simply a place for you to enter text.

  1. Go to the Grades tool (Assessments > Grades)
  2. Click on Manage Grades
  3. Click New and choose Item from the dropdown menu
screenshot of Manage Grades and select new item
  1. Choose the grade item type: Text
  1. On the “New Item” page, add a name for your item such as “Midterm Grade”

  2. Click Save and Close
Item Properties tab

 To Enter Letter Grades into your new text column:

  1. Click Enter Grades
  2. Click the dropdown arrow next to the your new column and choose Grade All from the menu
screenshot of Enter Grades and grade all
  1.  Enter the letter grades for each student
  2. Click Save and Close
screenshot of grade all - letter grade entry
A Grade Item is the column in your Grades where you enter your assessment of your students’ work.
  1. To add another column or Grade Item in your grade book, navigate to Grades tool -> Manage Grades tab.
  2. Click the New button and select Item.
  3. On the first page, choose what type of grade item this is. You will most often use the Numeric grade item type.
  4. On the next page, you will make decisions about how your Grade Item will be treated. Complete the settings as desired.
  5. Repeat the steps for each Grade Item.
screenshot of Manage Grades and select new item

Using Categories in your gradebook allows you to create headings that help organize your Grade Items. A category consists of one or more grade items.

To create Categories and Grade Items, you must be in your gradebook. Go to the Grades tool -> Manage Grades tab.


Grades ManageGrades NewCategory
  1. To create a category, click on the New button and select Category from the dropdown. 
  2. Complete the details of the Category and click Save.  If you don’t know what the choice to make in the details is, click on the small black circle with the question mark inside to get a description.  

3.  When you are finished selecting the settings, click Save and Close.

4.  Repeat the steps to create each category for your Grades.  Examples of Categories are Quizzes, Homework, Discussions, Presentations, Examinations, but are up to you in terms of how you organize your gradebook for the items that come under a Category.