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Canvas Grades

The Grades function within Canvas allows you to maintain all of your grades online. It provides a robust tool for tasks typically done in a spreadsheet application, making it possible to keep all grading online. To enter your grade book, click on the Grades button on the left side.

The Gradebook helps instructors easily input and distribute grades for students while SpeedGrader allows instructors to view and grade student assignment submissions in one place using a simple point scale or complex rubric.

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Canvas Gradebook

The Gradebook helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students. Depending on the Grade display type, grades for each assignment can be viewed as points, percentage, complete or incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. Only graded assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and graded surveys that have been published display in the Gradebook. Non-graded assignments are not included.

When do I use Gradebook?
Use the Gradebook to:
  • View grades by grading periods
  • View assignment submission notifications and assignment details
  • Sort the gradebook by assignment due dates, student names, secondary id, total scores, or group scores (if applicable
  • Manually enter student grades
  • Automatically calculate total and final grades
  • Notify students when an assignment has been graded
  • Hide grades from students until they are published
  • Create custom curving and grade ranges
  • Message students who haven’t submitted an assignment yet, or who scored more than X or less than Y on an assignment
  • Leave private grading notes/comments for the student
  • Excuse an assignment, discussion, or quiz for a student
How to use Gradebook

To learn how to use Gradebook, refer to Canvas's How do I use the Gradebook? guide.

Canvas SpeedGrader

SpeedGrader makes it easy to evaluate individual student assignments and group assignments quickly. SpeedGrader displays assignment submissions for active students in your course. You can access SpeedGrader through  Assignments, Quizzes, Graded Discussions, and  Gradebook

When would I use SpeedGrader?
You can use SpeedGrader to:
  • Sort submissions by student and hide student names for anonymous grading
  • View submission details for each student, including resubmitted assignments
  • Use rubrics to assign grades
  • Leave feedback for your students
  • Track your grading progress and hide assignments while grading
  • View submissions in moderated assignments
How to use SpeedGrader?

To learn how to use SpeedGrader, refer to Canvas’s How do I use SpeedGrader? guide.

Final Grades in Canvas

If you don't utilize assignments or quizzes within Canvas, it's still possible to add final grades by adjusting the grading scheme within a course and adding a placeholder assignment.

To switch from a percentage to a letter grade in Canvas Gradebook adjust the grading scheme in the Canvas Course settings:

Final Grade Override

The Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the Gradebook. You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. A letter grade results in the lower bound of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the override score.

To learn how to override a final grade, refer to Canvas's How do I override a student's final grade? guide.

Handling missing submissions in Canvas

In Canvas, any missing submissions, or activities or assignments that have not yet been graded by an instructor will appear as a dash (-) in the Canvas gradebook. A dash (-) in the gradebook is not the same as a zero (0). Canvas will NOT calculate a dash (-) into a student's total grade. 

Visit the knowledge base for more information on how to handle missing grades in Canvas.

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