Conquering Canvas: Grades

The Canvas Gradebook has been a hot topic now that the semester is up and running and students are turning in work.

Here’s a few facts about the Canvas Gradebook:

  1. A gradable item (assignment, quiz, or discussion) has to be created and published in order for a column to appear in the Gradebook
  2. Weighted grading systems can be set up by making groups on the Assignments page and assigning the associated percent with the group
  3. Canvas calculates averages based on points earned out of points possible
  4. Awarding extra credit can be difficult

If you don’t use Canvas for quizzing or for students to submit their assignments, you can still use the Canvas Gradebook for recording and tracking grades. I highly recommend this as I’ve had several students comment to me about how they wish their other instructors would post grades online.  That way, the student is on the same page as the instructor about where he or she stands in the class.

In order to record and track grades using Canvas, you must have columns in the Gradebook. As I mentioned in #1, a gradable item has to be created and published in order for a column to appear in the Gradebook. The easiest way to populate columns is to create No Submission or On Paper Assignments. These assignments show as No Submission or On Paper to the students so that students know they are not required to submit anything in Canvas. Once your columns are created, then all you have to do is enter the grades! Simple as that! If you need to weight the grades, just organize your assignments into groups and add the weights in the gradebook.

 

Tune in next week for another installment of Conquering Canvas!

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