How do I set a default grade for an assignment in the Gradebook?

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If you want to set a default grade for a certain assignment, use the assignment drop-down menu. Default grades can either be applied to all students or only students who have not yet received a grade.

Notes:

  • When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, you cannot set a default grade for any assignment that has at least one student in a closed grading period.
  • Submission status is not factored into default grade application.

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Open Assignment Menu

Open Assignment Drop-down Menu

Hover over the assignment column header and click the Options icon.

Set Default Grade

Set Default Grade

Click the Set Default Grade link.

Create Default Grades

Create Default Grades

Type the default grade value in the Grade Value field [1]. If you would like to overwrite existing grades for the assignment, select the Overwrite already-entered grades checkbox [2].

Click the Set Default Grade button [3].

Verify Default Grades

Verify Default Grades

Click the OK button.

View New Grades

View New Grades

Default grades are automatically entered for all students who do not have a grade. Grades can be changed by clicking the default grade and typing in an updated score.

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