Getting your Canvas Gradebook ready for the End of the Semester

Whether you are getting your Canvas gradebook ready to use for final grade submission, hoping to give your students a clear and handy reference of how they are doing so far, or just have grades you want to get posted in Canvas, this is a good time to check and see if your Canvas gradebook is providing your students with the information you want them to see, and if you are using it to it’s fullest capabilities and as it was designed to work best.

A good first check is to make sure you have not left any assignments with due dates in the past ungraded.  Ungraded assignments (shown with a ‘-‘ dash) can cause misleading impressions of how well a student is doing for both the teacher and the student.  By default, ungraded assignments are NOT included in any assignment group total calculations or the total column, so you should enter a grade, even if it is a zero.  You can refer to Canvas Gradebook: Ungraded or Zeros? for more details and tips on this.

If you are planning to enter letter grades into your Canvas gradebook you will need to make sure you are using your own letter grade scheme used to translate those percentages into letter grades.  If you have not modified the default letter grade scheme installed as the course letter grades scheme to work with your Total column and also attached to the Final (Course Grade) assignment, it is probably not the same as yours.  See Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas for more information.

Once you know your Canvas gradebook is calculating and displaying scores and grades accurately you may want to make sure your students can see those Assignment group totals and the Total column.  They are hidden by default so if you haven’t done anything to change that your students will not see them until you do.  See Totals in students’ grades summary hidden by default in Canvas Courses for more information and directions.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.