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Delete a grade item or category

This tutorial is to remove unwanted grade items or categories

  • What is required: A D2L Brightspace course with grade book already set up

Important Notes:

  • Make sure that your grades are set up correctly. If you have any grade item or grade category that you are not using, they will affect the final grade calculation, even if you already hide them from the students’ view. If you hide unused grade item or category, you will also need to exclude them from the final grade so they won’t affect the final grade. It’s best to delete unused grade item or category to keep your grades clean
  • You cannot delete grade items that are associated with a course activity, such as a quiz, discussion, or assignment. To delete the item you must first go to that activity and delete it or remove the association. Click the question mark icon for a grade item with an association to view details about where the item is used
  • Selecting a category does not select the grade items that reside in it. If you delete a category, the grade items associated with it become independent grade items, unless you selected them as well

Video Tutorial:

Steps

Step 1: Check a grade item’s association

NOTE: You cannot delete grade items that are associated with a course activity, such as a quiz, discussion, or assignment. To delete the grade item, you must first go to that activity and delete it or remove the grade item association. This step will show you how to find association to a grade item.

  1. Click on the Grades from the course navbar
  2. Click on Manage Grades at the top
  3. You will see a list of grade items and category (if you created one). Click on the Question mark icon under the Association column to find which activity is linked to that grade item
    Grades-Manage Grades-grade item association
  4. Click on the OK button to close the window once you know which activity is associated with the grade item
Step 2: Disassociate a grade item from an activity
Option 2a: Assignments
  1. Click on Assignments from the course navbar
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the assignment’s name and choose Edit Assignment
  3. In the Properties tab, find Grade Item under Evaluation and Feedback
  4. Click on the drop-down for Grade Item and choose None
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  5. Click on the Save and Close button
Option 2b: Discussions
  1. Click on Discussions from the course navbar
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the discussion topic’s name and choose Edit Topic
  3. Click on the Assessment tab
  4. Click on the drop-down for Grade Item and choose –Choose a grade item–
    Discussions-assessment tab-grade item-choose a grade item
  5. Click on the Save and Close button
Option 2c: Quizzes
  1. Click on Quizzes from the course navbar
  2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the quiz’s name and choose Edit
  3. Click on the Assessment tab
  4. Click on the drop-down for Grade Item and choose None
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  5. Click on the Save and Close button
Step 3: Delete a grade item or category

Once the grade item has been removed from the activity, you may now delete the grade item from grades.

  1. Click on the Grades from the course navbar
  2. Click on Manage Grades at the top
  3. Click on the More Actions button and choose Delete
    Grades-Manage Grades-more actions-delete
  4. Check the box next to the grade item and/or category that you want to delete. If the checkbox is grayed out, it means that the grade item is linked to an activity. You must first go to that activity and delete it or remove the association (follow Step 2 above to Disassociate a grade item from an activity).
    NOTE: Selecting a category does not select the grade items that reside in it. If you delete a category, the grade items associated with it become independent grade items, unless you selected them as well
  5. Click on the Delete button at the bottom and click on the Delete button to confirm
Step 4: Restore a deleted grade item (Optional)

Note: Formula and Calculated grade item type cannot be restored.

  1. Click on the Grades from the course navbar
  2. Click on Manage Grades at the top
  3. Click on the More Actions button and choose View Event Log
    Grades-Manage Grades-more actions-view event log
  4. On the View Event Log page, click on Restore next to the grade item you want to restore
    Grades-Manage Grades-view event log-restore
  5. You will see a message flashing “Restored successfully” and the restored grade item is not listed on the View Event Log page anymore