Before deciding to enter letter grades in your course, consider how you will evaluate final grades. If you plan to numerically calculate final grades in the Course total column, you may find it preferable to use percentages or a point system for assessments. Keep in mind that if you enter letter grades in the course gradebook, you will not be able to numerically calculate the final grade without doing some Excel magic.
If you prefer to grade using letter grades or using a scale (e.g. Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, Outstanding), it will be difficult to include these types of grades in a calculated course total. If you won't be calculating the course total, then it would be best to hide the course total to avoid confusion. Entering a letter grade instead of numerical number will cause the Course total to display inaccurate numbers. As the letter grade indicates a range of marks, it will try to convert the letter grade into a number in a non-intuitive way. For example a B on a 9 point grading scale is 6/9. Even though the student earned a B, the grade will show up as a C+ because the system thinks the student received 66.66% (6/9).
Different grading systems and grading regulations apply at York University. The regulation for the undergraduate programs may be different from the graduate programs. Even within the graduate programs, differentiation may exist in the grading scheme for the Schulich School of Business and the Graduate Program in Environmental Studies than other graduate programs. This might necessitate to customize the numeric-to-letter conversion scheme in your course, especially if you are entering numeric grades.
You can only adjust the Grade Letter Boundaries in your course gradebook, only if you have not added any Letter grades in the gradebook. Therefore, be sure to set the grading scheme before adding any Letter grades.
To adjust the Grade Letter Boundaries:
You can enter numerical scores and allow them to display as letter grades.
In the Grader report, when editing is turned on, you can enter and see numeric grades for the assessment. When editing is turned off, you will see the letter grade (this reflects what students see).
When you add a graded activity to your course such as a Journal, Assignment, Quiz etc., a corresponding column is added to the course gradebook. You can also add grade items to your gradebook for offline activities, such as for class participation, presentation etc. Once you have added a grade item, you can follow the steps in the above section to display letter grades for numerical marks.