ICET Quickguide: Managing Grade Schemes

Version 10.3 and Higher

Grade schemes automatically determine how grades are organized and labeled in a Desire2Learn gradebook. Percentages can be color coded for a visual representation of student assessment. When a course is created, a default organization grade scheme is assigned to each course and each grade item. The Organization grade schemes that appear in a gradebook when a course is created cannot be deleted. However, if the instructor creates other grade schemes (called Course Schemes) they can be deleted. Existing or new schemes can be copied and that is typically the easiest way to create a new scheme. If a scheme appears as a URL it can be edited. Grade schemes can be copied to another course using the Copy Components command or the Import/Export command.  Additional information on managing grade schemes can be found at Managing grade schemes  in the Desire2Learn Online Resource Center.  Following THIS link will direct you away from the UW-Platteville ICET Website.


  • Instructor Access to a Desire2Learn course

Steps to Follow:

  1. Log into Desire2Learn.
  2. Select a course.
  3. Click Grades from the main menu.
  4. Choose Schemes from the Grade menu.

Grade Schemes
Grade Schemes

  1. By default, when a course is created, an Organization grade scheme is selected. To select a different grade scheme as the default grade scheme, click on the checkmark under Set As default.

Note: More documentation about managing grade schemes is found at the Desire2Learn Documentation site on the web. Clicking on this link takes you away from the UW-Platteville ICET Website.

See the following ICET Quickguides for more commands for grade schemes:

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