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

Grading schema

When an item is graded in your course, a numeric score appears as the grade by default. Grades appear in the gradebook, on Grades pages, and in your course with the graded items for students, such as assignments and tests.

For each graded item and calculation, you can choose to display grades as points, letters (A, B, C), or a percentage with the grading schema. A 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.


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 your gradebook, you can make changes to the default grading schema. Select the Settings icon to access the Gradebook Settings panel. Select the schema's name to open it, 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.

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 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 wherever you want to add a row except before the first row.

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.

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.