Access the Manage Grades Area:

  • Select Assessment>Grades from the course navbar.
  • Select Manage Grades
  • Click on the New button
  • From the drop-down lists select Category 


  • Enter a name for the Category in the name field.
  • Provide a short name if your grade category name exceeds 15 characters.
  • Provide a description of the category in the description field
    •  This is a great place to communicate the grade distribution if you are dropping grade items.  Make sure you select ‘Allow users to view description’ if you want students to be able to see this area.



      • Enter the weight the category will contribute to the Final Grade.
      • Under the Distribution heading select how you would like to distribute the weight and points for grade items in this category:

      For the weighted system select one of: 

        • Manually assign weight to items in the category: Calculating and setting item weights enables you to control the weighting of individual items that belong to a weighted category.
        • Distribute weights by points across all items in the category: Uses the points of individual, non-bonus grade items to determine the relative weighting of each item out of 100%.
        • Distribute weight evenly across all items: Gives all grade items equal weighting in the weighted category regardless of the number of points the individual item is out of.


        For the points or formula system: 

          • Distribute points across all items then enter the Points per item.


          Display Options: 

          • Choose any additional display options.

          Click Save and Close.

  • Jennifer Frost says:

    Thank you for the comment. I am going to email you directly with some screenshots and instructions. We can also arrange a personal meeting if that would be helpful.

    Watch for my email.

    Thank you!
    Jennifer Frost

  • Linda Holmes says:

    How do I set up the Categories when my evaluation is the following and I want to drop the lowest 10% mark?
    Assignment 1a 10%
    Assignment 1b 5%
    Assignment 1c 10%
    Assignment 1d 10%
    Assignment 2a 10%
    Assignment 2b 10%
    Assignment 3a 5%
    Assignment 3b 10%
    Assignment 3c 10%
    Assignment 4a 5%
    Assignment 4b 10%
    Assignment 4c 15%