Adjust grade visibility in Brightspace

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Instructors can choose to adjust grade visibility in Brightspace by restricting student access to grade items, specifying how grades are displayed (e.g., score, percentage, letter grade), and controlling how the final grade is calculated and when it's released.

Teacher versus student grade view

Instructors can view the entire grade book, with all students' grades displayed. Students can view their own grades in a report card format (Fig 1). Instructors control how grades are displayed (e.g., score, percentage, letter grade) in their view of the grade book and on the students' report card independently. For example, an instructor may choose to display the grade item's score and percentage in their grade book, but only the letter grade on their students' report cards. Instructors can also hide grades from students, removing them from the student's report card completely.

Restrict student access to grade items

To adjust the visibility restrictions on any grade item in your grade book, log in to your Brightspace course, select Grades from the Assessments menu. If you aren't there already, select the Enter Grades tab. Then...

  1. Select Edit from the grade item's context menu (Fig 2)
  2. Select the Restrictions tab
  3. Set the desired restrictions (Fig 3). You can hide the grade item from students (1), set the item to appear and/or disappear on a certain date, or set a more complex release condition (3; e.g., only display the grade to students if they complete another activity).
  4. Select Save and Close (4) to save your changes.

Set default display properties for all grade items

To adjust the default display properties for all grade items in your grade book, log in to your Brightspace course, select Grades from the Assessments menu. If you aren't there already, select the Enter Grades tab. Then...

  1. Select the Settings button in the upper right corner of the window
  2. Select the Personal Display Options tab (Fig 4) to set the default display options for you, the teacher. Select the Org Unit Display Options tab (Fig 5) to set the default display options for your students.
  3. Select Save to save your changes.

Set unique display properties for a single grade item

To override the default display properties for a selected grade item in either the instructor or student view, log in to your Brightspace course, select Grades from the Assessments menu. If you aren't there already, select the Enter Grades tab. Then...

  1. Select Edit from the grade item's context menu (Fig 2)
  2. In the Properties tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page and adjust the Display Options (Fig 6).
  3. Under Student View, select the Override display options for this item checkbox and select the information to be displayed to students for that grade item.
  4. Under Managing View, select the Override display options for this item checkbox and select the information that you want to see in your grade book view for that grade item.
  5. Select Save and Close to save your changes.

Hide grade book columns

Instructors can hide/show grade book columns (e.g., hide subtotal columns) for their own convenience. This will not affect your students' view of their grades. To hide/show a column in your grade book, log in to your Brightspace course, select Grades from the Assessments menu. If you aren't there already, select the Enter Grades tab. Then...

  1. Select Hide/Show Columns from the More Actions menu (Fig 7)
  2. Deselect the checkbox of the column you want to hide (Fig 8)
  3. Select Save

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