The Grade Center functions as an online spreadsheet where each row contains the name of one of your students and each column represents an item such as an assignment, test, or calculated grade.

Please note that all final grades must be entered in LOIS. For information on using LOIS, please see the Lois How-to For Faculty page . Issues with LOIS should be sent to the Registrar's Office.

Entering Grades

There are a few ways to enter grades, including automatically entered grades, manually entered grades, or uploading grades from external sources. See Entering Grades to learn more about entering grades in the Grade Center. In addition to providing a grade, you may also provide feedback to the student during or after grading. See Creating Grading Notes tutorial for more information.

Grading Assignments

When an assignment is created, a column is automatically added to the Grade Center where the instructor can review submissions, assign grades, and provide feedback.


To begin, go to the Control Panel and select Grade Center. To see all assignments awaiting grades, select Needs Grading.



You will be brought to the Needs Grading area. Here, you will see all items awaiting grades. To begin grading, select Grade All (to begin grading all items in the order in which they appear in the Needs Grading area) or select an individual submission.


On the Grade Assignment page you can view your student's submission, provide comments and annotations directly on the submission, enter a grade, and provide feedback.

You will only be able to use the comment and annotation features on certain types of files including documents (doc, docx), presentations (ppt, pptx), spreadsheets (xls, xlsx), and PDFs. Original formatting and any embedded images will be preserved. Other file formats (including image files, video files, etc.) will need to be downloaded.

Please note that annotation sessions will expire after one hour. After the limit has expired, annotations may not be saved.

For more information on Grading Assignments, see Grading Assignments or watch the tutorial video below:

Grade Group Assignments

See Grade Group Assignments for information on grading group assignments. Be default, all members of the group will receive the same grade, though you will have the option to Change an Individual Group Member's Grade. To learn more about Assignments, see Assignments. For more information on Groups, see Groups.

Grade with SafeAssign

When creating an assignment, you may enable the SafeAssign plagiarism detection service to allow you to access an originality report with pertinent information about the sources used. The report provides information about matches found between a student's submitted paper and existing sources. For more information, see Grade With SafeAssign and SafeAssign Originality Report. To learn more about using the SafeAssign plagiarism detection service, see Using SafeAssign in Assignments.

Grading Tests

A Grade Center column is created automatically for each test you create and link in your course. See Grade Tests or watch the Grading Question by Question tutorial to learn how to access and review test attempts. For more information on creating and managing Tests, see Tests, Surveys, and Pools.


Rubrics can help students organize their efforts to meet the  requirements of an assignment, and you can use them to explain  evaluations to students. Rubrics can help ensure consistent and impartial grading. See Rubrics for more information on creating, editing, and associating rubrics or watch the tutorials below.

Viewing Grade Details

Grade Details displays the student's grade information including each attempt at completing the assignment. It allows you to view, grade and provide feedback to the student. See Grade Details or watch the tutorial below.

Working Offline with the Grade Center

Offline grading allows you to grade at your convenience, without needing to be online. You may upload grades from an external file (such as an Excel spreadsheet or csv file) or download your Grade Center grades to work offline. For more information, see Upload or Download Grade Center Items for Working Offline or watch the video below.