Add Grade Items to the CLE Gradebook

A grade item is a unit (typically an activity) where course participants are assessed through a grade or mark. Typically, grade items in the CLE may refer to the manual grade items and activity-based (course activities) grade items. Before creating the grade items, it is very important to understand the difference between:



Add manual grade items Add activity-based grade items

Adding manual grade items to the gradebook allows you to grade those items without adding corresponding activities to the course page, e.g., participation, presentation, or assignments that are handed indirectly/physically (i.e., not submitted through CLE itself).

To add manual grade items:

  1. On the Gradebook Setup (Grades>Setup>Gradebook setup) page, scroll to the bottom of the page and click Add grade item. The new grade item page will open. 


  2. In the Item name field, enter a name for the column. Use short, alphanumeric names; Please do not use special characters, commas, ampersands, or quotes.
  3. In the Grade type field, select a type for the grade item.  


    • Value: A numerical value with a maximum and minimum
    • Text: Written feedback only; no numerical or aggregated value.
    • Letter: A letter value as defined by the instructor. 
  4. In the Maximum grade field, set the maximum point value for the grade item.
  5. Click Save changes to finish.

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