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Brief Description and Possible Uses

On the grades page, if you’re a teacher you’ll see your grade book. Your grade book includes all the scores that you have recorded for all of your students across all of your different assignments. Now, of course, these assignments are the ones that you created on the assignments page and you can set the grading policy there which will automatically reflect here in the grade book and even calculate out the final grade. While any score that used in the speed grader shows up here in the grade book, you can also manually enter in scores as well. So, you just enter in the score and go. We save each change that you make in the grade book automatically so you never lose any of your work. The private conversation that you’re having with a student about a specific assignment is available in this dialogue. And so, I can reply to the student. Again we deliver it to them according to their communication preferences. For each assignment, I can kick off my speed grader, I could curve grades, I could also send messages to all of the students who haven’t submitted or who have scored less than a certain score on a specific assignment. This grade book is also exportable and I can sort it by rows and columns, you know, to a different view of my grade book and I can also upload scores back in. So, the grade book gives you a quick glance of how you’ve evaluated your students thus far in the course and how they’re performing and also offered some very quick ways to communicate with them.

Instructor Tutorials

Publishing Grades

When you enter in a score for an assignment, according to your course settings will determine if we send out a notification to the student that they’ve received a grade on a specific assignment. If you set it to not send it, the students will actually be able to see the score if they go inside the system but they won’t be notified via Facebook or their cell phone or even via email that they’ve received a grade on it. And then you can publish the grade which will then send out a notification. So in this context, publishing grades refers to actually publishing the notification that they’ve actually received a grade.

Entering and editing scores in the Canvas gradebook (+Setting a default grade)

Most grades are automatically posted to the gradebook when the instructor grades assignments, quizzes, etc.; however, grades can be manually entered into the gradebook when needed.

To manually enter a grade, simply click on the desired cell within the gradebook and enter the desired score. If you have associated letter grades with a particular quiz or assignment, you can enter the letter grade and the numerical grade will automatically be calculated.

You can also set a default grade for any item in the gradebook. You can do this within the gradebook by clicking on the drop-down menu next to the name of the assignment. Click on “Set default grade” and enter the default grade. You will see this grade automatically populate all cells for that particular assignment. NOTE: setting a default grade will not overwrite pre-existing grades for that assignment.


Leaving comments in the gradebook

You can send grading comments to students directly from the gradebook. When hovering over any cell in the gradebook, you will see a 'comment' icon. Simply click on the icon and you will be presented with a dialog box to enter your comment.

NOTE: You can also update the grade within the comment dialog box.


Viewing assignment details in Canvas

To view assignment details within the gradebook simply click on the drop-down box next to the name of the assignment and choose “assignment details”. From this window you can see statistics such as Average Score, High Score, and Low Score

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Linking to SpeedGrader™ from Canvas

Instructors can instantly jump into the SpeedGrader for a specific assignment by using the dropdown box next to the assignment. Click on the SpeedGrader link and you will immediately launch the SpeedGrader for that particular assignment.

Messaging students in the gradebook

From the gradebook, you can send messages to specific groups of students based on score and submission status. To send messages, use the drop-down menu next to the particular assignment (as seen in previous sections of Grades support wiki) and select the option “Message students who...”. You will be presented with the dialog box as seen below. Choose the conditions for which the message should be sent.

In the screenshot below, I have chosen to send a message to all of the students who scored less than a 50 on a particular assignment. The messaging window shows me the three students who match this condition.


Curving grades

The option for curving grades is also found in the assignment drop-down menu in the Gradebook. Simply choose 'Curve Grades' to open the dialog box. Set the desired average score, then click on the 'Curve Grades' button.


Rows, columns, and names in Grades

The “Options” menu in the upper left hand corner allows you to sort columns and sort rows.

The “Sort Columns By...” option allows you to short the columns by due date or assignment group.

The “Sort Rows By...” option allows you to sort by student name, Email/ID, section name, total (highest first) or total (lowest first)

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Setting Group Weights Based on Assignment groups in Grades

From the "Options" menu, click on "Set Group Weights". From here, you can set the final grade based on percentages from each assignment group.

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Uploading and downloading scores in Grades

The “Options” menu also allows the user to download and re-upload scores in . CSV format.

Important Note: The option to upload a .CSV file should only be used after editing a previously downloaded .CSV file. Instructors should not upload .CSV files from another source outside of Canvas due to the unique formatting requirements of the file.

Viewing ungraded assignments in Grades

When viewing grades in the gradebook, you have the option of viewing score totals with or without ungraded assignments included in the total.

Under the options menu, you can toggle this function off/on as seen in the screenshot below.


In this screenshot, the student's score is based solely on graded assignments; thus he has an overall score of 100% on everything assigned to the “Quizzes” group.


In this next screenshot, we included ungraded scores; therefore the student's score is only 13.5%


Training Materials

Grades overview


Grades notifications


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