Your institution controls which tools are available in the Original Course View. The gradebook is always available to instructors in the Ultra Course View.

Use grading schemas

When you grade an item, a numeric score appears as the grade by default. Grades appear in the Grades page, in the Gradebook or Grades tab in each course, with the graded items for students, such as assignments and tests. Got to the Gradebook Settings to make changes to the default grading schema. 

The calculation schema displays grades as points, letters (A, B, C), or a percentage with the grading schema you choose for each graded item. The schema takes the points scored on an item and compares it to the item's total points possible to derive a percentage. This percentage is mapped to a range of scores and displays a grade, such as a letter.

In the Ultra Course View, each course has one default grading schema. You can't create new schemas at this time.

Example of different grading schemas: a gradable item with numerical score and another one with letter grading schema.


For the total grade, a student's raw numeric score is 88 out of 100 points possible. In a grading schema in which a percentage of 87 to less than 90 equals a B+, the student's score of 88 results in a B+.

At this time, regardless of the range of values you use in your schema, the grade pill colors and corresponding percentages don't change from the Ultra color scheme. Your correct grade appears, but the color matches the Ultra color scheme. However, your institution can disable the color scheme for all courses. Visit the Assign Grades topic to learn more.

Open the grading schema

From the Gradebook section inside a course, you can make changes to the default grading schema. Select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel. Select the Current Grading Schema option to see the active schema for the course, such as Letter. The default schema's name and values are defined by the administrator. You can't create new grading schemas at this time.

If you make changes, the changes only apply to the course you're in.

If your institution makes changes to the default grading schema, the changes aren't reflected in your course. Only new courses created after the change have the edited schema.

Gradebook settings panel showing your current letter grading schema, and its corresponding percentage grade range.

You can rename the schema in your course. The name change only applies to the course you're in. Point to the title to access the edit icon. Schema titles have a 64-character limit. The name change appears in the Grade using menu when you create graded items and in existing graded items.

You can select Department Letter Grades, points or percentage for your grade using.

You can also edit, delete, or add grade ranges. Select a value to edit it. Start from the bottom and edit the values for the last grade value and move to the next row. You can make the uppermost value greater than 100%. For example, if a student earns 100% or more, you can assign A+ to those scores.

To delete a row, point to the row and the delete icon appears. At least two rows must remain for the schema to be valid, and you can't delete the last row. To insert a row, select the plus sign (+) that appears below each row, except before the first row.

Select Save when you're finished. You're unable to leave the panel until you select Save or Cancel. Then, select the X to return to the Gradebook Settings panel.

When you add or delete rows or edit values in the schema, the remaining rows and values adjust when you save. The system ensures that no numeric gaps exist in the schema. The system also displays an error message when you type an invalid number.

More on grade columns and overall grade