Tag: Submitting Grades

Tips on Submitting Grades this Semester

A side effect of entering letter grades in the Final (Course Grade) column in
Canvas has been causing some instructors problems or concern after submitting
grades via Canvas. The Final (Course Grade) column uses a letter grade
scheme to match numbers between 0 and 100 with letter grades. When
numbers are entered into this column the matching letter grade for that range
is also displayed. The default letter grade scheme attached to that column will
display an AB if an 89.5 is entered, for example. If a letter is entered first though,
Canvas will display that and also automatically display the highest possible
numerical score in that letter grade’s range. The default letter grade scheme
attached to that column will display a 91.9 if an AB is entered, for example. This
has sometimes resulted in students contacting instructors to inquire about being
so very close to the next letter grade, when in fact they may have earned that AB
in our example with a numerical score of 88.2.
If you are hoping to avoid this, you have a variety of options. You can always
choose to submit grades via Banner Self Service and just enter letter grades
there. You now can also submit grades via Canvas and CourseTools from
your Canvas gradebook’s Total column too. This means if you have your
Canvas gradebook functioning properly and up to date, and your Total column
is already displaying the correct letter grade for your students, you can just go
to CourseTools and choose that column to submit grades from. It is not the
default column, so you will need to click on the Change Canvas Grade Book
Column button in the beginning and select “final_grade”, then click the Save
Changes button in the grade wizard. Finally, if you need to ‘tweak’ some grades
or don’t have grades ready in Canvas but want to use Canvas for final grade
submission, you can enter the appropriate numerical score in the Final (Course
Grade) column and the letter grade for that number from the grade scheme
you are using will be displayed and can be used for final grade submission via
CourseTools.
For more information and directions about grade schemes, refer to our Enable,
Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas page to access an
eLearning screencast, Instructure Guides, and more. For more information and
help with grade submission go to our Electronic Grade Submission Information
& Resources page. And as always, you can contact support, get online help,
and utilize our eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas help, all available on Canvas
One Stop. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for
Teaching and Learning (CTL).

A side effect of entering letter grades in the Final (Course Grade) column in
Canvas has been causing some instructors problems or concern after submitting
grades via Canvas. The Final (Course Grade) column uses a letter grade
scheme to match numbers between 0 and 100 with letter grades. When
numbers are entered into this column the matching letter grade for that range
is also displayed. The default letter grade scheme attached to that column will
display an AB if an 89.5 is entered, for example. If a letter is entered first though,
Canvas will display that and also automatically display the highest possible
numerical score in that letter grade’s range. The default letter grade scheme
attached to that column will display a 91.9 if an AB is entered, for example. This
has sometimes resulted in students contacting instructors to inquire about being
so very close to the next letter grade, when in fact they may have earned that AB
in our example with a numerical score of 88.2.
If you are hoping to avoid this, you have a variety of options. You can always
choose to submit grades via Banner Self Service and just enter letter grades
there. You now can also submit grades via Canvas and CourseTools from
your Canvas gradebook’s Total column too. This means if you have your
Canvas gradebook functioning properly and up to date, and your Total column
is already displaying the correct letter grade for your students, you can just go
to CourseTools and choose that column to submit grades from. It is not the
default column, so you will need to click on the Change Canvas Grade Book
Column button in the beginning and select “final_grade”, then click the Save
Changes button in the grade wizard. Finally, if you need to ‘tweak’ some grades
or don’t have grades ready in Canvas but want to use Canvas for final grade
submission, you can enter the appropriate numerical score in the Final (Course
Grade) column and the letter grade for that number from the grade scheme
you are using will be displayed and can be used for final grade submission via
CourseTools.
For more information and directions about grade schemes, refer to our Enable,
Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas page to access an
eLearning screencast, Instructure Guides, and more. For more information and
help with grade submission go to our Electronic Grade Submission Information
& Resources page. And as always, you can contact support, get online help,
and utilize our eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas help, all available on Canvas
One Stop. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for
Teaching and Learning (CTL).


Submitting Grades via Canvas and CourseTools

Instructors still have two options for electronic grade submission.  You can submit grades via Banner Self-Service by going directly into Banner, entering your grades, and then clicking submit.  OR, for those with larger class sizes where grades have already been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program, you can submit grades via Canvas by going to CourseTools and using the Grade Wizard to first extract them from Canvas and then submit them to Banner.

If you choose to submit grades via Canvas, you will need to have your grades for submission entered into an assignment column in your Canvas grade book because the Grade Wizard cannot access grades in the Total column.  We recommend that you use the Final column, which has a default grade scheme that accepts all valid Banner letter grades. This scheme will work well if you plan to type or upload letter grades from a spreadsheet. If you want to upload numerical scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas, you may want to adjust the percentage ranges for the Final column’s grading scheme. Refer to Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas and upload scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas to learn more.

Then go to the CourseTools page, and click on Submit Grades Electronically via Canvas to use the Grade Wizard, which extracts your grades from Canvas and submits them to Banner. You can review the Guide to Submitting Grades via Canvas to see illustrated, step-by-step directions and links to video demonstrations and additional information.  You may also want to look over the Guide to Submitting Grades via Banner to help you decide which method is best for you.  You can always access general information and help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, register for eLearning Workshops, and find out about our eLearning Walk-In hours on the Canvas One Stop page.

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Submitting Grades via Banner Self Service

Instructors don’t have to use Canvas to submit grades. Mid-Term and Final grades can be submitted electronically either via Canvas, OR via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit, and be finished!   You can access a short text only guide, a more detailed illustrated guide, and a Power Point presentation, as well as watch the eLearning screencast for a video demonstration, at Submitting Grades via Banner Self-Service.

Grade submission through Canvas will be covered in next week’s CTL Tip of the Week.   Since the process requires more steps, it’s most beneficial for larger classes where grades have already been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Final” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”

Those who want even more details about the grade submission process can sign up for grade submission workshops to be held during Week 14 and early in Finals Week.  You can always access general information and help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, register for eLearning Workshops, and find out about our eLearning Walk-In hours on the Canvas One Stop page.

By your eLearning Team!