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Hiding Grade Items from Students in D2L

This document describes how to hide items from students in D2L's grade book.

You may choose to not display grade items in the grade book to students. Often times, instructors mistakenly hide the grade items in their own view settings, but the grade item is still visible to students. The proper method of hiding a grade item is below. 

Hiding a grade item from all students

  1. From within your D2L course, click on Grades.
  2. Click on the Manage Grades tab.
  3. Click on the Grade Category or Grade Item you'd like to hide. If you hide a category, all grade items within that category will also be hidden.
  4. Click on the Restrictions tab.
  5. Select "Hide this grade item" or "Hide this category," depending on which you're currently hiding. You can also choose to hide the grade item or category for specific dates by choosing the corresponding options.
  6. Click Save and Close when finished
Note: Even though the grade item or category is hidden to students, instructors will still see it in the grade book. This is so that you can enter scores if needed, while keeping grade items and categories hidden to students. This is also so that, if you change your mind, you can still find the grade item to "unhide" it.

Hiding grade items from selected students

Sometimes it's beneficial to hide grade items from certain students, but not others. This can occur when you have group discussion topics in your course tied to the grade book. Release conditions allow you to set visibility based upon criteria being met, such as membership in a certain group in the class, score on an assessment, etc.

To access Release Conditions for a grade item or category, do the following:

  1. From within your D2L course, click on Grades.
  2. Click on the Manage Grades tab.
  3. Click on the Grade Category or Grade Item you'd like to hide. If you hide a category, all grade items within that category will also be hidden.
  4. Click on the Restrictions tab.
  5. Click on Create and Attach if you don't have pre-existing Release Conditions. If you do, you can click on Attach Existing to re-use an existing Release Condition.
  6. There are many Release Conditions available to you. For the example given above regarding limiting visibility based upon group enrollment, select "Group Enrollment," listed under the "Classlist" heading, within the Condition Type drop-down box. For the Condition Details, select the group you'd like the grade item to be visible to.
  7. Click on Create, and then Save and Close

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