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Notes on Printing in D2L

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The first thing to remember about printing in D2L is that D2L was designed as an e-learning platform. In other words, it’s designed for paperless, online learning, so many of the screens and interfaces aren’t designed with printing in mind. Nonetheless, we still occasionally receive questions about printing from D2L, so here are some things to keep in mind.

Printing a Test/Quiz

1) Click on the Quizzes button in your course

2) Locate the quiz that you’d like to print. Click the drop-down button next to its name, then click Preview.

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3) In the next screen, click Start Quiz!

4) Click OK at the confirmation.

5) While the quiz is displayed, right-click in the white area of the screen where the questions are displayed. Choose This Frame, then Print Frame. Note: These menus may be labeled slightly differently if using Internet Explorer or Chrome.

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Printing the Gradebook

For the best results when printing the gradebook, we recommend exporting the grades as an Excel spreadsheet. This will allow you more control over the column widths and print layout (I suggest switching it to Landscape mode). To print the gradebook:

1) Click on Grades

2) Click on Enter Grades

3) Click on the Export button above the list of grades

4) Under the User Details box, check the boxes for Last Name and First Name

5) Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the screen and click Export to Excel

A pop-up window will appear, and after a moment a link will be presented that will allow you to download an Excel version of your gradebook.

Final Notes

If at any point you’re in D2L and want to print something, but can’t locate the Print command, you can always hold down CTRL on the keyboard and press P. This will force a the Print dialogue box to appear.


Written by SRU Ed Tech

March 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Grades, Tests/Quizzes

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D2L Gradebook: Automatically Drop Lowest Scores

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If you have a collection of assignments that are all worth the same number of points (for example, six homework assignments all worth 10 points), Desire2Learn allows you to set up the gradebook to automatically drop the lowest score for each student. We do this by placing these assignments in a category in the gradebook. Here’s how:

Create the Category

1) Click on Grades in your course navbar

2) Click on Manage Grades

3) Click on the New drop-down box, then choose Category

4) Fill out a name for the category (Homework, Quizzes, Essays, etc)

5) Check the box for Distribute Points Across All Items

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6) In the Points per item box, enter the point value of each item

7) Enter 1 (or more) for Number of lowest non-bonus items to drop for each user

8 ) Click Save and Close

Move the Assignments into the Category

1) From the gradebook, click on Manage Grades

2) Click the checkbox for  each assignment that will be placed into the category

3) At the top of the list of grade items, click on the multi-edit icon (it looks like two pencils)

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4) The next screen will list each of the grade items and give you a drop-down box to select the category created earlier. Change each grade item to the selected category, then click Save.

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When you return to the Enter Grades screen, you will see something similar to this:

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The scores with a ! icon next to them have been dropped from that student’s final grade calculation.

Written by SRU Ed Tech

December 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Posted in Grades

Students Can’t See Final/Current Grades!

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By default, D2L does not show students their final (or current, depending on the point in the semester) grades. D2L requires that you “release” the Final Grade column before they can be viewed by students. Here is how to do it:

1) In the navbar of your course, click on Grades

2) Click on the drop-down button next to the Final Calculated Grade column heading, then choose Grade All:

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2) In the next screen, click the drop-down button next to Final Grades, then click Release All

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4) Press Yes at the confirmation.

Students will now be able to see their grade for the course. You only need to do this once; they will be able to see it continually as you add new assignments and input new grades. You will know that you are successful when you go back to the Enter Grades screen an see an eyeball icon next to each grade:

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November 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Posted in Grades

Percentages aren’t Showing in the Gradebook!

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At times we have faculty reporting that their final grade column displays points earned by students, but not the percentage:

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Here is how to force D2L to display the percentage for a gradebook column:

1) In the column heading of the Final Calculated Grade column, click on the drop-down button, then choose Edit.

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2) The next screen will allow you to change various properties of your gradebook column (title, points, etc). Click on Show Display Options near the bottom of the screen.

3) Check  Override display options for this item

4) Check Show the Percentage (or other Grade Scheme Symbol)

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5) Click Save and Close, and you’re done.

Written by SRU Ed Tech

November 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Posted in Grades