For faculty keeping all grades in Brightspace’s Gradebook, creating a calculated grade for midterm (or other “milestone”) grades is helpful, too.  A calculated grade item would figure out the midterm grade for you.  “Milestone” refers to certain points in the course. 

1. Go to Manage Grades–>New–>Grade Item

2. Select Calculated

screenshot of Manage Grades and select new item
calculated grade item

3.  Enter grade item information (NameShort Name (optional)Description (optional)).  Examples: Calculated Midterm Grade, Midterm Grade, calculated grade based on learning activities due by midterm.

4.  Under Calculation, check-off the grade book items to be included in the midterm grade calculation

5.  Click Save and Close at the bottom.  

select items for calculated grade item

6. Now go back to Enter Grades and find the column to verify. Any grades already entered will show up with the total points. Example: 120/150. 

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