Faculty Checklist: NYU Brightspace Grades Set-Up
Start of Semester Faculty Checklist: Brightspace Grades Set-Up
Follow these recommended steps to set up your grade book in NYU Brightspace for the upcoming semester. If you need information on specific policies or guidelines, contact your Educational Technology Support contacts for school-specific resources (NYU login required). Thanks to the FAS-EdTech team for contributing to this guide.
Getting Started with the Grades Tool in NYU Brightspace
The Grades (gradebook) tool in Brightspace allows instructors to keep track of learners’ grades. To get there, select the Grades tab on the navbar at the top of a course site. You will see the following tabs: Enter Grades, Manage Grades, Schemes and Setup Wizard.
Go Through the Setup Wizard
The first time you navigate to the Grades tab, the grades Setup Wizard screen appears. The Setup Wizard will walk you through seven fundamental settings for your gradebook. As you navigate your way through the seven fundamental steps, refer to the following article for in-depth instructions: Grades Setup Wizard.
Check Your Grading Scheme
One component of the Setup Wizard is selecting the grading scheme. For example, you might just want to display “percentages” that you can then translate to letter grades. You might also have a specific scheme for your school/department. For more information, refer to our article: Grade Schemes.
Creating and Organizing Grade Categories and Grade Items
The Manage Grades tool is where you create grade categories and items and apply the appropriate point values/weights for all learning exercises students are being evaluated for. Create categories first, and then create grade items (associated with those categories). You can also apply alternate grade schemes to items/category, designate certain grade items as bonus, and customize display options for each item/category. For an overview grade categories and items, refer to this article: Create Grade Categories and Items. For detailed guidance on grade items, refer to this article: Creating Grade Items.
Enter Grades and Feedback
As an instructor, you can enter grades for a single grade item and provide qualitative feedback for your learners. Please refer to this in-depth resource: Managing grades and grade items.
Check Whether Grade Items are Included in Course Grade Calculation
Please note that grade items generated by integrations are automatically included in final grades only if you are using a weighted grade system. If you are not using a weighted grade system, you may find that grades from external learning tools (e.g. Gradescope, VoiceThread) are excluded from final grade calculations. To check the status and/or include the grades passed from the integration in to the final grade calculations:
- Click on Grades in the NYU Brightspace course site navigation bar.
- Navigate to the grade item column created by the integration.
- Click the drop down menu in the column and select Edit.
- Scroll down and uncheck the box next to Exclude from Final Grade Calculation.
Unchecking the box will ensure that the grade for that column is included in the final grade calculations. This process should be repeated for each integration created gradebook item for which the grade should be included in the final grade calculation.