Learn@UW - Grade Schemes

Grade schemes in Learn@UW allow you to weight items in your gradebook, as well as the final grade. The weighing can be translated to letter grades or any text of your choosing.

Example of a grading scheme:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers a standard grading scheme if instructors choose to use it.

A = 95-100% = 4.0 GPA

AB = 90-94% = 3.5 GPA

B = 85%-89% = 3.0 GPA  and so forth.

If, for example, you wished to populate the grade book with letter grades, you would set up a grade scheme that placed a numerical value to each letter grade, as above.

Creating a New Scheme

1. To create a new grade scheme, first click on Grades in the navigation bar.

2. Click on the Schemes tab, and then the newscheme.jpg button.


3. For your reference, give your scheme a Name (required)and Short Name.

4. You must now set up the "Range" for your grade scheme. The range setup consists of two main parts: "Symbol" and "Start %."

  • Symbol: The symbol is the text you wish to appear in this range. Most commonly, it will be a letter grade, although you could choose to use phrases such as excellent, satisfactory, etc.
  • Start %: The start % is the bottom of the grade range. For example, if an "A" is given to students who score 90 - 100%, you would enter A for the symbol and 90 for the Start %, as shown below.
    Note: Since the range always starts from the bottom, "100" is ordinarily not used as a Start % (unless the scheme is applied to a selectbox item type).
  • Assigned Value %: The assigned value is used for the Selectbox (or pulldown) and Checkbox grade item type.
    • The Assigned Value % can be left blank for Numeric grade item types.
    • For Selectbox and Checkbox item types only: The numeric value entered in the Assigned Value % for Selectbox and Checkbox types will be the value assigned to that grade. Recall that for checkbox item types, the checkbox needs to be selected and unselected to record a zero grade.
5. Click on addranges.jpg, if necessary, to add additional lines. By entering a number to the right of Add Ranges, you can add multiple lines at one time.

6. When finished, there should be a range for each grade you intend to give. For example:


7. After you complete all your changes, click save.jpg.

Applying a scheme to a grade item or final grade

1. Applying a grade scheme to a single grade item (or column) in the gradebook is done in the Properties screen of a grade item. 

2. When creating a new grade item this option appears after a column type is selected.

3. To apply a scheme to an existing item, under the Manage Grades tab click on the name of the grade item to open the Edit Item page.

4. A list of grade schemes, including the one just created, will appear in the dropdown list under the Grading heading.


5. Click save.jpg when complete.

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Owner:Theresa B.Group:Learn@UW Madison
Created:2004-08-25 19:00 CDTUpdated:2013-11-11 13:54 CDT
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