Key Concepts for Grading in Canvas

This guide provides an overview of how grading works in Canvas. Specific how -to information on the sections below may be found in the Canvas Instructor Guide .

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.

Steps to organize your Gradebook

To enter your grade book, click on the Grades link on your course menu (left of your screen). A list of your students appears on the left side, once you enroll your students , with columns to the right for any learning activity you have set-up to be assessed within Canvas.

Note: The only column created by default in your Gradebook is the Total column. It serves the purpose of calculating the total value of graded assignments in your course. The Total column can be weighted based on the way your graded assignments are grouped. The Total column can be used with the course’s letter grade scheme in order to calculate student final letter grades in your course.

1. Start by creating “Assignment Groups”

2. correlate your grading scheme for the letter grades.

In Canvas, you create a grading scheme instead of typing letters into your Gradebook or the SpeedGrader. The grading scheme correlates percentage ranges or scores to specific letter grades. You can enable the default grading Canvas scheme or create your own grading scheme in your Canvas course, then enable your custom grading scheme.

Use the following:

  • Enter and edit grades in the Gradebook guide
  • Add a grading scheme in a course
  • Watch the grading scheme video (2m 37s) on Vimeo

3. Manage unique calculations (e.g., drop lowest score) in assignment groups

Assignment groups

4. To add a Gradebook column, create an Assignment first

The gradebook in Canvas is a blank slate until you create the assignments (see the difference between assignments and learning in Canvas ).

You add columns to the gradebook by adding assignments. The easiest way to remember is that Assignments = Gradebook Columns. Once you create an Assignment, Canvas automatically includes it in the Gradebook, Calendar, Assignments, and Syllabus pages.

Assignments can be:

  • Both graded (published assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and surveys) and ungraded assignments (practice quizzes, ungraded surveys, and not graded assignments).
  • As simple as just a name, due date, and point score; or, it can include instructions, open and close dates.

Submissions for assignments can be:

  • online (through Canvas),
  • on-paper (in-person),
  • or no-submission (to create extra columns in the Gradebook, or when you want to create an assignment that involves multiple scores).

Tip: No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, you should note it in the assignment description, so students will know whether a submission is required and how they are supposed to submit it.

5. Assign either a point value or percentage to the graded assignments

Set default grade

  • An assignment is only calculated into the grade after it is graded, so you should grade it or input a 0. (if the instructor does not input a 0, then the final grade will not reflect how poorly the student is doing).
  • Treat Ungraded as 0s” will NOT affect the grade for the student. It is only a display change for the gradebook.

6. Discover what the colors and icons in the gradebook mean

The most common color you will notice is pink, which denotes late assignment submissions. Icons appearing in the gradebook indicate both that the submission has been made by the student, as well as what the submission type is. For an explanation of the icons and colors in the Gradebook, view the How do I use the icons and colors in the Gradebook? web guide.

7. Offer extra credit

There are several easy ways to offer extra credit: Create a no-submission assignment with 0 total points and add points to it, add extra points to an existing assignment, as well as the following:

  • Add extra points to a quiz using Fudge points within SpeedGrader™, view the How do I use quiz fudge points in SpeedGrader? web guide
  • Create an extra credit category on a rubric, view the How do I create a rubric in a course? web guide
  • Create extra credit assignment inside an Assignment Group

For additional assistance, read through the How to give an extra credit in a course? web guide.

8. Calculate the Course Final Grade (in Canvas)

  • Use the Assignment Groups
  • Use Weighting Grades
  • Use Grading Rules
  • How do I add a grading scheme in a course?  and
  • How do I enable a grading scheme for a course?

Example grading schema

9. Calculate the Course Final Grade in a spreadsheet (out-of-Canvas)

For your customized grade calculations outside of canvas, you can download the gradebook calculate the grades and upload your calculated grades back into the Canvas gradebook. To use this out-of-Canvas system, do the following steps

  • Create at least two assignment groups and check the option to weight the final grade by assignment group.
  • Set the weight for one group at 0% and the other at 100%
  • Place all of your assignments in the group that is weighted at 0%
  • Create a no-submission assignment for the custom final grade in the group weighted at 100%
  • Download the gradebook as a CSV file and use Excel to calculate your own unique grading scenario with the final grade appearing in a column that will match with the custom final grade column you created in Canvas.
  • Import the spreadsheet into Canvas to populate the custom column.

Note: For steps 5 and 6 you can also use some other method to calculate grades and either import a spreadsheet or type the grades in by hand. Either way, because the custom final grade column is all by itself in an assignment group weighted at 100% of the grade, Canvas’s final score column will pull its score directly from it as an exact match. All you need to do now is customize your grading scheme in your course settings to reflect your own letter-grade breakdown, and you have successfully posted grades calculated by your own algorithm.

10. End of Semester: Don't Forget to Download the Gradebook

Learner-centered gradebook practices, 1. hide assignments in the gradebook before doing any grading.

By default, students can see results in their Grades tab as soon as their submission is graded. If you want all students to see grades at the same time, rather than live as you enter them, use the three dots on individual assignments in the gradebook to alter the Grade Posting Policy and then select to Manually release grades. After all the grading for that assignment is done, return to the three-dot menu and select Post Grades . View the following web guides:

  • How do I select a grade posting policy for an assignment in the Gradebook?
  • How do I post grades for an assignment in the Gradebook?
  • How do I hide grades for an assignment in the Gradebook?
  • How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the Gradebook?

select grade posting policy

2. Hide the total column (it is visible to students by default)

3. excuse a student from an assignment.

If needed, a student may be excused from assignments, discussions, or quizzes. Excused items are not calculated as part of the student’s total grade. To use this feature in the gradebook, find the cell for the appropriate student and assignment, type “EX” in that cell, and then press the Enter key. Read through this via the How do I excuse an assignment for a student in the Gradebook? web guide.

4. Make a note about student progress

You can use the notes column to keep track of information in your course that is important to student assessment or growth such as student effort, student challenges, SIS (Student Information Service) IDs, or any other general notes. Students are not able to see notes column. You may toggle between the show/hide notes column link without losing your notes. View the How do I use the Notes column in the Gradebook? web guide.

Tip: Students can view their grades based on “What-If” scores so that they know how grades will be affected by upcoming or resubmitted assignments. They can test scores for an assignment that already includes a score, or an assignment that has yet to be graded. To learn more about this feature, visit How do I approximate my assignment scores using the What-If Grades feature? Web guide.

Self-Paced Canvas Videos

To become more acquainted with the Gradebook:

  • Read the How do I use the New Gradebook  web guide and
  • View the Canvas Gradebook Overview video (7m 55s)

To learn more about Assignments:

  • View the What are Assignments? web guide
  • View the Canvas Assignment Overview video (5m 29s)

Canvas-led Training Workshop at Iowa State:

In September 2017, CELT hosted Erin Wasson, Canvas Trainer, to facilitate key workshop topics; view the Canvas-lead Grading and Assignments training video (1h 14m).

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Exploring Assignment and Activity Types

Canvas makes a distinction between assignments and activities.  Assignments  are almost always graded.  Activities  still require students to do something, but the task itself will not earn the student any points. 

What is the difference between a Canvas Assignment and a Canvas Activity?

Creating Assignments First

To get started configuring your  Canvas Gradebook , be sure to first create a  Canvas Assignment  for every graded assignment in your course. Assignments can be set to display grades as points, a percentage, complete/incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. After creating and publishing a graded assignment, it will appear in the Canvas Gradebook.

Create a new assignment

For an in depth look at each assignment and activity type, visit the help pages for  Assignments ,  Discussions , and  Quizzes .

How do I use the New Gradebook?

Former Blackboard User Tip : Many Blackboard Grade Center setup tasks are addressed in the Assignments area of a Canvas course. 

Grading In-Class or Assignments Without Submissions

Grading of in-class presentations, participation, in-class exams, or assignments submitted as hard copy can be included in your gradebook as non-submission assignments.

Creating an in-class or physical assignment

How do I create assignment columns for non-submission assignments in the Gradebook?

Entering or Updating Grades in the Gradebook

Like an Excel spreadsheet, grades can easily be entered and updated directly within the Canvas Gradebook. Use the keyboard  Enter  and  Arrow Keys  to quickly enter grades. Click on the arrow inside each cell to make comments or change the submission status.

Grading individual cell in Gradebook

How do I enter and edit grades in the New Gradebook?

For assignments where the majority of students are to receive the same grade, use the  Default Grade  option to bulk update each student's grade for an individual assignment. 

Gradebook tools menu with Set Default Grade option selected

How do I set a default grade for an assignment?

Mute  an assignment while you grade, ensuring all students see their grades at the same time. You can also decide to hide the entire gradebook from students.

Gradebook tools menu with Mute Assignment option selected

How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the New Gradebook? How can I hide the gradebook from students?

Gradebook Tools

Grabebook Tools  maximize your productivity when using the Gradebook.  They also make grading in bulk much more straightforward. These tools are found on the top of the student roster.

  • Gradebook:  View all students and assignments.
  • Individual:  View grades and points for a single student at a time with customizable settings.
  • Gradebook History:  ​View previous grades on assignments from yourself or a grader.
  • Arrange  or  Filter  students by different categories.
  • Toogle the visibility for  Notes  and  Unpublished Assignments ​.
  • View the  Statuses ' legend for a color key in the gradebook, along with customizing the colors.
  • The  Actions  dropdown allows you to  Import  or  Export  grades and rosters in the  .csv  file type.
  • The  All Modules  dropdown allows you to view assignments from all modules or a singlular module at a time.
  • The  Search Bar  allows you to quickly find students.
  • Set a default grade for all missing work.
  • Set a customized grade deduction for late work.

Gradebook header area

How do I upload changes to the Gradebook?

Creating Assignment Groups

Assignment Groups  give your gradebook structure, helping students see the major graded components of your course.

Note:  In Canvas, all assignments must be in a group, even if the group will only hold a single assignment or activity.

Creating an assignment group

How do I add an assignment group in a course?

Former Moodle User Tip:  Assignment Groups in Canvas are similar to Categories in the Moodle Gradebook. 

Weighting Assignments by Percentage

Should you choose to grade using weighted assignment categories, first create Assignment Groups. Then give each group a percentage of the total course grade.

Steps to add weights to assignment groups

How do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?

Awarding Extra Credit

Canvas handles extra credit in a novel way. Canvas does not provide a dedicated extra credit setting, instead allowing instructors to add extra credit points to any assignment. If you need to create a dedicated extra credit assignment, set the points for the assignment to 0. Later during grading, add however many points the student earned for attempting the extra credit assignment. Those points will function mathematically as 'extra credit'.

How do I give extra credit in a course?

Dropping Lowest Scores

Within an Assignment Group, choose to  drop the lowest scores  within a series of assignments with the same number of points.

Steps to drop a lowest score in a group

How do I create rules for an assignment group?

Using SpeedGrader

Use  SpeedGrader  to enter grades directly within an assignment while providing students written or verbal feedback. 

For an in depth look, visit the help pages for  SpeedGrader . 

Creating a Rubric

Help students see the criteria you will use to grade their assignments.  Rubrics  in Canvas are interactive, permitting an instructor to simply select a cell in the rubric providing points towards a score. 

For an in depth look, visit the help pages for  Rubrics . 

Viewing a Student's Grades

You can view an individual student's grades during office hours or advising by clicking on their name in the Gradebook.

Steps to view a student's graded progress in a course.

How do I view a student's Grades page in a course?

Handling Missing Submissions in Canvas

In Canvas (as in Moodle), 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.

Here are two examples of when a dash (-) will appear in your gradebook.

Example 1 : A student did not attempt an online quiz or upload a required assignment in Canvas. For that gradebook item they will have a dash (-) in the gradebook.  A dash (-) in the gradebook is not the same as a zero (0).  

Example 2 : You collected an in-class assignment and manually graded students' assignments. You entered all grades for the assignments you collected. If a student did NOT turn in their assignment, you did nothing. For that gradebook item, a student who did not submit the assignment will have a dash (-) in the gradebook.  A dash (-) in the gradebook is not the same as a zero (0).  

The gradebook example below illustrates the effect of a dash (-) as opposed to entering a zero (0).

Annotated grading page

Changing missing submissions (-) to zero (0) grades

There are 3 suggested ways to update any gradebook items from a dash (-) to a zero (0) so that the student's gradebook total is accurate. 

1. Replace (-) with 0 as you grade with SpeedGrader or Gradebook

Check your Canvas gradebook for any missing submissions from students. Manually change any dashes to zeros so that the gradebook item will count towards their total grade. See the guides below on how to edit grades in Canvas.

How do I enter and edit grades in SpeedGrader?

2. Use the default grade tool to change all missing submissions to zeros

Canvas has a gradebook tool that you can use to change all grades for a specific gradebook column. Once you have entered grades for a submitted assignment, (or the deadline for an online self-graded quiz has passed) Canvas can update existing missing submissions (items that appear as dashes) to a zero. For more information on this process, please see the guide below.

Note:  When using the tool this way, make sure you do NOT select "Overwrite already-entered grades" as this would replace any grades you have already entered.

Default grade window

3. Apply the Missing Submission Policy in the Gradebook

Canvas has a new gradebook tool that allows for grading policies. The missing submissions policy allows an automatic score to apply to missing submissions. The missing label applies to things that are still missing after the due date. By setting this policy to a 0%, missing submissions will automatically receive this score. You can always adjust the score down the line by removing the missing label and modifying the score.

Missing submission policy

How do I apply a Missing Submission policy in the New Gradebook?

What to learn more?

View all Canvas Guides for  Assignments  and  Grades .

Information on this page is adapted from content created by the  Center for Effective Teaching and Learning  at Cal State L.A.

Updated: August 18, 2022

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You can do a lot more than collecting assignments, entering grades, and weighting grades in Canvas (see our blog post on Tips on Managing Assignments and Grades in Canvas ). In fact, Canvas’ Gradebook, Speedgrader, online Rubrics, and communication tools can help you grade and manage student assignments and grades more efficiently. Here are a few common challenges in grading and how Canvas can help you and your students meet them:

1. Save time marking up assignments and ensure grading consistency

Image of DocViewer

1) Free-form comment; 2) Chrome’s Speech-to-Text function; 3) Attach file comment; 4) Record a voice or video comment.

If your students submit their assignments (as a Word document, PDF, or as images) online in Canvas, you can use Canvas’ SpeedGrader to annotate, leave feedback, and enter grades all in one place . Writing thoughtful feedback can often be very time-consuming, and SpeedGrader has a few features to facilitate the process. SpeedGrader’s annotation feature is very much like Microsoft Word’s Comment feature: it allows you to highlight, strike out, and insert text, write free-form comments, and draw free-form shapes on a document.  If you use Chrome (the browser), its speech recognition feature works with Canvas’ feedback mechanism, and you can “write” your feedback via speech. The feature works very much like speech recognition on a smartphone, and you can edit the text before posting. If you have an answer key or other file comments , you can attach it to your comments with just a few clicks.

Image of Canvas Rubric in SpeedGrader

Select a rating on the Rubric grid and Canvas will automatically calculate the total points.

Grading consistently is especially difficult when a class is large or when there are multiple graders. Canvas’ online Rubrics tool, which integrates seamlessly with SpeedGrader, can help you grade faster and ensure grading consistency . Rubrics specify the qualities or processes that must be exhibited in order for a given piece of work to be assigned a particular evaluative rating. They provide a guide for both instructors and learners as to how “what learners do” in a course will be assessed and/or graded. In Canvas, after you attach a rubric to an assignment and choose it for grading, you will be able to click the rating that applies to the student’s submission and Canvas will automatically calculate the total score for you in the SpeedGrader.

Image Showing Download and Re-Upload Links in SpeedGrader

Once there is a submission, the Download Submissions link will appear. Click on it to bulk download all submissions. The Re-Upload Submissions link will appear after you have downloaded submissions.

If you are more comfortable with using Word to mark up papers, Canvas supports bulk download and re-upload of assignment submissions . The key is that 1) you must keep the same file names when you save your changes and markups, and 2) you must re-upload the files as a single ZIP file. See the resources below for step-by-step instructions.

  • How do I use SpeedGrader?
  • How do I add annotated comments in student submissions using DocViewer in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use Chrome’s speech recognition feature to leave a comment in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I add a rubric in a course?
  • How do I use a rubric to grade submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use a non-scoring rubric to assess submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a rubric in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I leave feedback comments for student submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I download all student submissions for an assignment in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I upload all student submissions for an assignment in SpeedGrader?

2. Help students focus on your feedback

One of the biggest challenges when returning homework to students is how to help them focus on the feedback instead of the numeric grade. Canvas’ new Student Planner or To-Do List View aims to do exactly this. The List View displays graded assignments, emphasizing free-form comments entered via the SpeedGrader. When students click on the graded assignment link, it will take them to the marked-up version (if applicable) of their assignment together with instructor feedback.

Image Showing Box for Recording Audio/Video Comments in SpeedGrader

Canvas has built-in tools for instructors to record their feedback in SpeedGrader.

Canvas has a few other tools that can help you engage students in assignment feedback. Numerous studies have shown that students perceive audio and video feedback as more individualized, personalized, and easier to comprehend and act upon than written feedback, because it is easier to decipher tone and meaning. (McCarthy, 2015, provides a thorough overview of scholarly literature on the efficacy of written, audio, and video feedback.) In addition, video feedback has the further advantage of letting instructors demonstrate correct approaches to the material.  Canvas has built an audio/video recorder into its SpeedGrader, which allows you to click a button and easily record your feedback using your computer’s microphone and/or webcam.

Image Showing Message Students Who...Function in Canvas Gradebook

Message Students Who…function in Canvas Gradebook

Canvas makes  timely feedback and intervention easy by providing easy ways to contact students , especially if you use Canvas’ Gradebook to manage student grades. In the Gradebook, you can message students based on how they do in a particular assignment . You can message all students who have not turned homework in, who scored less/more than a certain grade point value, or whose work has not been graded yet with just a few clicks. If you want to message a particular student, click on the student’s name in the gradebook to open the student’s Context Card , then click on the envelope button to send them a message . (You can also do this in Discussion boards or on the People page.)

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Message individual students using the Message (envelope) button in the Student Info Card.

A further advantage of using Canvas’ Gradebook to manage grades is that it helps students be accountable for their own grades and progress . The Canvas Gradebook allows students to view their own grades and monitor their progress. Students can use the What-If Grades function to determine how well they need to do on future assignments to achieve their desired course grade. As long as grades are entered in a timely fashion, you can help students monitor their own progress and ward off grade begging or excuses at the end of the quarter.

  • Josh McCarthy, “Evaluating written, audio and video feedback in higher education summative assessment tasks,” Issues in Educational Research (2015) 25.2: 153-169. [Accessed on September 11, 2018, http://www.iier.org.au/iier25/2015conts.html ]

3. Manage multiple TAs/Graders

If you have multiple TAs or graders in your course, you can contact the UChicago Canvas team to help you set up your course to make the grading process smoother and more efficient. If your TAs always grade and interact with a specific subset of students in your course, we can set up “Manually Created Sections” (in addition to sections assigned by the Registrar) that limit TAs’/Graders’ interaction to a specific group of students . This will allow them to see only this group of students’ assignment submissions and grades, and message them.  For more information on how to request Manually Created Sections, see Adding Students, TAs, Co-Teachers and Sections to Canvas .

If you instead have multiple graders grading the same set of students, you can make use of Canvas’ anonymous and moderated grading function to manage grading . Canvas’ updates for this function in July 2018 provide improved assignment flexibility with fully anonymized, multiple-grader anonymity, and moderated options. See our blog post announcing the updated feature for more details.

Image Showing Gradebook History

To view gradebook history, click on the Options (gear) icon in the Gradebook, select View Gradebook History , enter the appropriate filter terms, and click the maroon Filter button.

With multiple graders, you might sometimes need to track grade changes. Canvas’ grade history function allows you to see who changed a student’s grade when . See our Tips on Managing Assignments and Grades in Canvas blog post for details.

Further Resources

You can see the complete Instructor Guides for the topics discussed above at:

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Further Readings

  • Tips on Managing Assignments and Grades in Canvas
  • Teach Smart with Technology: Use a Rubrics Tool to Make Grading More Efficient
  • Why should you use the CarmenCanvas Gradebook? https://odee.osu.edu/news/2016/12/29/why-should-you-use-carmencanvas-gradebook
  • Online Grade Books Provide Transparency, Accountability https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/educational-assessment/online-grade-books-provide-transparency-accountability/

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Marking and grading assignments efficiently in Canvas

Marking and grading assignments are made easier in Canvas with its own marking tool, the Speedgrader. It offers a flexible range of options for marking assignments and giving feedback. For any assignments submitted via the “Online” submission option in Canvas, we recommend that you use the Speedgrader to mark.

Here are some tips to efficiently set grading policy, mark and grade your assignments in Canvas:

Set the “Grade Posting Policy” to “Manual”.

The first step before you set up your assignments is to set the Grade Posting policy in Canvas to Manual. When a manual grade posting policy is applied to an assignment, it will stop all notifications to students until you are ready to post and release grades. This is important as you do not want to release the grades to individual students as you enter the marks until you have marked all student submissions for that assignment. Choose ‘Grade Posting Policy’ from the Cogwheel in Grades to select the option to ‘Manually Post Grades.’ For automatically graded quizzes (e.g., MCQ quizzes), the posting policy can be set to automatic.

Make sure all markers have appropriate access to mark and grade.

The second step is to ensure that appropriate staff roles (e.g., Teacher, TA, Tutor) are added to all markers who are involved in marking the assignments.

Mark student submissions using SpeedGrader.

SpeedGrader is a powerful one-stop grading tool in Canvas where instructors can leave inline comments, add grades, and provide qualitative feedback for student submissions. It can be used with assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions; and allows you to access and grade individual assignments student by student. Instructors can also provide personalised feedback to students using text comments, file attachments, or media comments. The speech recognition feature is another useful option within Canvas’ feedback mechanism as it writes out the feedback as you speak it out. Even for assignments that are not counted towards the final grade, you can provide grades and feedback to students using SpeedGrader. You can access SpeedGrader directly from the Assignment itself or from the Grades section for every assignment.

Add annotations to student submissions.

In addition to adding marks and providing feedback comments, you can also mark up or annotate directly on the submissions. This annotation feature is available within SpeedGrader, and allows you to highlight, strike out, and insert text, write free-form comments, and draw free-form shapes on a document.

Manage grading with multiple markers.

Some assignments require multiple markers and require clear communication between these markers on the grading process. The Gradebook history function in Grades allows markers to see who changed a student’s grade and when the change was made. Multiple markers for specific sections: For multiple markers grading specific sections of students in your course, use SpeedGrader to filter students by specific sections. Markers can then grade and provide feedback for student submissions by sections. Multiple markers for same set of students: For multiple markers grading the same set of students, make use of moderated grading function in Canvas assignments to manage grading. With multiple graders, you might sometimes need to track grade changes.

Use Rubrics to grade consistently.

Rubrics is not always needed when grading assignments. But, when you have an especially large class and multiple graders, then grading consistently becomes especially difficult. For such cases, attach a rubric to an assignment to help you with grading. This will enable you to choose the rating for each student submission via SpeedGrader such that the total score is automatically calculated.

Release grades/feedback in Gradebook.

Only when you have graded all student submissions for an assignment and ready to release the grades and feedback to students, post your grades. Once grades are posted for an assignment via the Canvas Grades section, the crossed eye icon for that assignment column will disappear to indicate that students can view the grades and feedback.

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  • Review moderated assignments in SpeedGrader  
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  • Use a rubric to grade submissions in SpeedGrader  
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Grading Assignment Submissions

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Canvas calls its tool that is used to grade assessments (such as assignments or quizzes) “SpeedGrader”. At its most basic, this is simply the page you go to to see assignment submissions and to assign grades. There are additional features available. There are two main ways to access SpeedGrader:

  • From the an assignment.
  • From the gradebook.

Accessing SpeedGrader via Assignments

This is generally the more intuitive way to access SpeedGrader to grade an assignment.

  • Go to the Assignments page in your course.
  • The assignment must be published for Related Items to appear.
  • Depending on the size of your screen, the Related Items area may be below your page rather than on the right. Just scroll down and it will be there instead.

This will take you to SpeedGrader, open the first student in your roster for chosen assignment.

Annotated screenshot illustrating where to find SpeedGrader

Accessing SpeedGrader from Grades

Accessing SpeedGrader this way is best if you need to target specific submissions by specific students. Note: The Grades page is covered in more detail later in this document.

  • Go to the Grades page.
  • Navigate to the row and column of the assignment submission you would like to grade.
  • Click in that “cell”.
  • Click on the “arrow door” that appears to open the detail tray on the right.
  • Click on SpeedGrader in the detail tray. It is often the third item in the the panel.

This will take you to SpeedGrader, open to the specific submission (assignment and student) you selected.

Grading Assignments with SpeedGrader

The general process for grading once you are in SpeedGrader for the assignment to grade is as follows:

  • Navigate to the student you wish to grade ( D in image below).
  • View the student’s submission ( E ) or download for offline grading ( I ).
  • [Optionally] Mark up the assignment ( F ) and/or leave comments ( H ).
  • Enter grade in ( G ).
  • Continue to next student.

Refer to this image to see the details of SpeedGrader and additional features not included above.

Annotated screenshot labeling parts of the screen in SpeedGrader

  • (A) To leave SpeedGrader and return to the grades, click on this icon.
  • (B) The icons at here control settings. The left one lets you show or post grades (this is functionality is also part of the gradebook). An important setting under the gear is options, hide student names in the SpeedGrader . This will let you grade assignments pseudo-anonymously.
  • (C) These quick statistics show your progress through grading all the submissions for this assignment, and the current average of those you have graded.
  • (D) is where you navigate between students . Use the left or right arrows to go one at a time, or click the drop-down arrow to select from a list. Icons in the drop-down list will tell you whether students have been graded (green checkmark), have an ungraded submission (orange dot), or do not have a submission (grayed out).
  • Known issues: If you only see one page of the document, try another browser or download the submission. Sometimes different browsers render this kind of documents differently. Firefox is the most reliable for this, but Chrome should be good, too, for most documents. If  you do not see the file as a preview, you may need to download it. Canvas might not have a preview for a non-standard file type, such as a Pages document.
  • Known issues: Certain devices, like Wacom tablets and Microsoft Surface tablets may not work with these tools, depending on your hardware’s setting and how it interacts with the browser. Canvas developers are aware of this and are in communication with web browser developers to try to fix or work around this limitation. If your tablet has a “mouse mode” setting, this may improve compatibility.
  • Important note : Remember the assignment may have been created with “display grade as” Points, Percentage, Letter Grade, or other. Canvas reminds you of this right above the box. For numeric types, if it displays as (/#), that means you should enter the grade as a percentage. If it says “out of #”, you should enter the grade as points out of the maximum that is listed.
  • If you are using a rubric , click the button under G and refer to the subsection below.
  • (H) In the comment box, you can type overall feedback to the student. Using the buttons below, you can attach a file, or record audio or video feedback to present to the student. Click submit after typing feedback.
  • (I) Clicking the file name here will download this submission.
  • If you see a colored icon and a percentage here next to the download link, this indicates the TurnItIn originality report as generated by the TurnItIn framework. clicking on the color swatch will take you to the full originality report. The number is a percent matched in the database. This will open in a new browser tab that you can close to return to Canvas.
  • (J) After grading, entering comments, and using the mark-up tools, you can use this link to download a PDF of the final graded version, including the added contents, should you need an archival copy .

View the full documentation for grading assignments with SpeedGrader.

Using Rubrics in SpeedGrader

If you have a rubric attached to this assignment, open it by clicking the Rubric button under the grade box ( G in the image above).

Annotated screenshot illustrating the parts of grading with a rubric in SpeedGrader.

  • (A) If using a rubric, we recommend you resize the frames SpeedGrader by clicking on the divider line between them and dragging it to the left. This will widen the rubric area and allow you to see it better.
  • (B) The rubric is displayed as a grid. Click on an performance descriptor to select it.
  • (C) You can override the grade from the selected performance descriptor, such as awarding 12 out of 20 points, but having Proficient selected as the feedback to the student.
  • (D) If the rubric has free-form commenting enabled, click this bubble to give feedback for each dimension.
  • (E) The total points selected in the rubric is shown here. Depending on the settings selected when you made the rubric, this may be saved automatically to the grade box when you save the rubric, or you may need to type it yourself.
  • (F) Click Save to save the rubric , or cancel to lose all the change since the last time you saved.

View the full documentation for grading with SpeedGrader using rubrics.

Grading Quizzes with SpeedGrader

There are a few differences in SpeedGrader if you are grading a quiz rather than an assignment. Please first familiarize yourself with SpeedGrader for assignments above, and then refer to this image for some quiz-specific differences.

Annotated screenshot of SpeedGrader open to a quiz submission, labeling the parts of the screen discussed.

  • (A) The row of numbers at the top are quick links to take you to that question number in the quiz.
  • (B) Each question is displayed in a frame, along with the student’s response. If it was a pre-scored question (such as a multiple choice question), Canvas will indicate whether it was correct or not.
  • (C) Each question shows its point value in the top right corner, and you enter the earned score in the box. You can change the score given for pre-scored questions. You must enter the score here for manually graded question types, like essay questions. You can give scores higher than the point value of the question, resulting in extra credit.
  • (D) You can provide feedback commentary to the student on a question-to-question basis in this box.
  • (E) In the fudge points box, you can add or subtract points to the quiz overall, not related to any one question.
  • (F) Once you are done grading the quiz, click Update Scores. It is possible to grade the quiz partially, use Update Scores, and return later to finish.

View the full documentation for grading quizzes with SpeedGrader. Note that New Quizzes is a bit different; that documentation is also available.

Downloading Submissions for Offline Grading

If you prefer to grade offline or using other mark-up tools, you can bulk download submissions for some types of assignments, primarily those with submission type: online. To bulk download submissions:

After a few moments of processing (longer depending on the size and quantity of student submissions), your browser will download a .zip file with all the student submissions.

Note: Do not rename the files from the .zip file if you plan to re-upload marked-up student submissions to return to students.

Re-Upload Submissions

If you have externally marked-up downloaded student submissions, and you have preserved their original file names, you can re-upload them to Canvas.

  • Create a .zip file of the marked-up submissions. ( Wikihow directions ; an external website).
  • Find the Related Items for the assignment, as for downloading (above).
  • Click Re-Upload Submissions.
  • Click Browse… to select the .zip file you created.
  • Click Upload Files and wait for the upload to complete.
  • Once you have uploaded the .zip file, Canvas will take time to process it. You can continue to work elsewhere while it does this.
  • After time time, return to the Related Items area.
  • Click View Uploads Status.

This page will tell you which files it was able to match to the recipient, and which files it ignored. Most should match if you did not rename the downloaded submissions.

Note: If you need to return only a couple submissions this way, you can use SpeedGrader and use Assignment Comments to attach it, discussed above.

Downloading Archives of Submissions

SpeedGrader has three download buttons: download annotated copy at the top left, download original submission in the top right, and download comment log in the bottom right. This is illustrated in the screenshot below. Canvas unfortunately does not allow you to download the annotated copy and comments at the same time in one file, nor does it allow you to bulk download either from all students at once. If having an after-marking-up offline record is especially important to you, consider using the bulk download-bulk upload (above) and doing your markup in Word.

Canvas Quizzes does not have an option to download the per-question comment boxes. You can print the page to PDF. It does have the ability to download the comment log in the bottom right.

Screenshot highlighting the three download buttons inside Canvas SpeedGrader discussed in the paragraph above.

Grading Help for Instructors

Video overviews.

  • SpeedGrader Overview
  • Rubrics Overview

Getting Started

  • How do I get to SpeedGrader from an assignment, quiz, or graded discussion?
  • How do I get to SpeedGrader from the Gradebook?
  • How do I use SpeedGrader?

Feature Details

  • How do I use the student list to view student submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I view the details of a submission for a student in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I enter and edit grades in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I leave feedback comments for student submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I add annotated comments in student submissions using DocViewer in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I download submission comments as a PDF in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I view plagiarism assignments in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use a non-scoring rubric to assess submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use a rubric to grade submissions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a rubric in SpeedGrader?

Assignment Type Specifics

  • How do I grade quiz questions in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I adjust the point value for an entire quiz using fudge points in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade one quiz question at a time in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade group assignments in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade a file upload submission in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade a graded discussion in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade a media recording submission in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade a text entry submission in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I grade a website URL submission in SpeedGrader?

Available Settings

  • How do I hide student names in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I hide or post assignment grades in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I sort the student list in SpeedGrader?
  • How do I enable SpeedGrader to launch filtered by student group?

Related Features

  • How do I give extra credit in a course?
  • What options can I use to regrade a quiz in a course?
  • How do I regrade an assessment question in New Quizzes?
  • Once I publish a quiz, what kinds of quiz statistics are available?
  • How do I view reports for an assessment in New Quizzes?

Grading Help for Students

  • Feedback Overview (completing Peer Reviews)
  • Grades (seeing feedback provided by SpeedGrader)

Viewing Results

  • How do I use DocViewer in Canvas assignments as a student?
  • How do I view annotation feedback comments from my instructor directly in my assignment submission?
  • How do I view rubric results for my assignment?

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  • How do I submit a peer review to an assignment?
  • Where can I find my peers’ feedback for peer reviewed assignments?
  • How do I submit a peer review to a discussion?
  • Where can I find my peers’ feedback for peer reviewed discussions?
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When you have different assignment types (e.g., assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.), and a weighted grading system, you may use Canvas’ Assignment Groups to calculate weighted grades and organize the assignments. Based on the information you’ve articulated in your syllabus, you can quickly set up Assignment Groups. 

Create Assignment Groups

  • Log in to Canvas at canvas.brown.edu and select your course from the Global Navigation menu on the left.

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Create an Assignment Group

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  • Enter the name of the assignment group in the Group Name  box.
  • Enter the percentage of the total grade in the % of total grade  box. You can leave the box empty and/or change the number later.
  • Click Save .

Create Weighted Assignment Groups for Grading

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  • Enter the percentage of the total grade for each assignment group in their respective % boxes.
  • Make sure the Total is 100%.
  • Click Save.

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Manage Assignment Groups

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  • Edit the Group Name  and % of total grade  in their respective boxes.
  • Enter the number of scores to drop from each student's final grade in the Lowest Scores  and Highest Scores  boxes.

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  • To reorder an assignment group in the Assignments  page,  click and drag the assignment group.
  • To delete a group,  click the Edit  (gear) icon to the right of the group name, then click Delete . You can delete the assignments within the assignment group or move them to another assignment group.

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Setting up weighted grades in canvas.

Canvas uses what are called “Assignment Groups” to organize assessments,  and view grades, in different groups.  You can create groups for different types of activities (i.e. all Discussions, all Quizzes, etc.), different units or modules of your course (i.e. a Unit 1 group with a Unit 1 Discussion, Unit 1 Quiz, etc.), or any other way that may be appropriate for your course setup and grading scheme. Your groups can then be weighted with different percentages to determine students’ final grades.

To Create an Assignment Group in Canvas:

  • Click the “+ Group” button to create a new Assignment Group
  • Add existing Assignments to the Groups by dragging and dropping them on the Assignments page
  • Clicking the “+” button in the group header
  • Clicking the “+ Assignment” button and selecting the group in the ”Assignment Group” dropdown on that Assignment’s edit page
  • Each Assignment Group will be represented with its own column in the Canvas Gradebook (found by clicking “Grades” in the left-hand menu of your Canvas course)

To Assign Weights to Assignment Groups in Canvas:

  • On the “Assignments” page, click the 3 dots in the upper right-hand corner of the page, and click “Assignment Groups Weight”
  • Check the box next to “Weight final grades based on assignment groups”
  • Specify the percentage for each Assignment Group, then click “Save.” These percentages will be reflected in the group headers on the Assignments page, as well as the group columns in the Gradebook
  • To edit these percentages, as well as other options like ignoring a certain number of high or low scores from an Assignment Group, click the 3 dots in the right-hand corner of an Assignment Group header, and click “Edit”

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You can download a report in New Analytics that contains your class email roster, which allows you to email your students before or after the semester.

Download a Video in My Media | Teach

Download a Video in My Media

You can download a recording from the Media Gallery in a Canvas course. The first step is to make sure that the video has been enabled for downloading.

Duplicate a Canvas Classic Quiz | Teach

Duplicate a Canvas Classic Quiz

Duplicating a quiz is a good way to make modifications to an existing quiz while maintaining the original within the same course.

Early Course Access for Students in Canvas | Teach

Early Course Access for Students in Canvas

An explanation of settings in a Canvas course to allow students access to designated content before the start date of the semester.

Editing Component Contents| Teach

Editing Component Contents

Delphinium provides many components that instructors can include on their page to make their course more interactive. This is how to edit those components to best suit each instructor's preferences.

Embed Editable Google Item in Canvas | Teach

Embed Editable Google Item in Canvas

You may embed an editable Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide into your Canvas course where your students can interact with and update the item according to your instructions.

Embed a Video in Canvas | Teach

Embed a Video in Canvas

No matter where you are embedding a video, whether for a Discussion, Announcement, Page, or Assignment, the best way to embed a video in your Canvas course is through your My Media repository.

Embed a Video in a Canvas Announcement | Teach

Embed a Video in a Canvas Announcement

Step-by-step guide on how to embed a video recording into an announcement in your Canvas course.

Embed a Video in a Canvas Page | Teach

Embed a Video in a Canvas Page

To embed a video recording in a Canvas course page, follow these instructions.

Embedding Images to Canvas | Teach

Embedding Images to Canvas

Instructions for embedding an image from your computer onto a Canvas page with written steps and a video tutorial.

Enable Delphinium | Teach

Enable Delphinium

Enable Delphinium as a tool within your Canvas course on the navigation settings.

Enable a Canvas Grading Scheme | Teach

Enable a Canvas Grading Scheme

If you want to see a letter grade on the Grades page, or if you want to submit grades directly from Canvas to Banner you need to enable the course grading scheme.

Extend Quiz Date for Students in Canvas | Teach

Extend Quiz Date for Students in Canvas

How to extend a due date for students in your Canvas course, whether it is for a singular student or multiple students.

Extra Credit for Individual Quiz Questions | Teach

Extra Credit for Individual Quiz Questions

Canvas doesn't allow extra credit questions by default, but you can use this work around to achieve the desired result.

Find, Add, or Remove Courses in Canvas | Teach

Find, Add, or Remove Courses in Canvas

How to add or remove courses from Canvas dashboard and course list. Additionally, how to find previously taught courses or troubleshooting why courses aren't appearing in Courses tab.

Five Keys to Grading in Canvas | Teach

Five Keys to Grading in Canvas

The methods for addressing potential grading issues when using the Canvas grade book.

Flip in Canvas (Formerly FlipGrid) | Teach

Flip in Canvas (Formerly FlipGrid)

Flip is a video discussion platform that makes teaching and learning more personal, fun, and engaging. This page goes over how to set up Flip in Canvas and how to create a Flip assignment.

Frequently Asked Questions and Common Mistakes in Canvas | Teach

Frequently Asked Questions and Common Mistakes in Canvas

The most common questions asked and mistakes made by USU instructors when they use Canvas for the first time.

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Full Design Tools User Guide in Canvas

USU Design Tools are some tools within Canvas that allow you to quickly build and style a course in Canvas.

General Canvas Gradebook Help | Teach

General Canvas Gradebook Help

How to adjust and navigate through the major features in the Canvas grade book.

General Education Outcomes - Quiz with Question Bank | Teach

General Education Outcomes - Quiz with Question Bank

If you teach a general education course, you have likely been asked to assess whether students are meeting specific outcomes. Canvas can make the reporting of those outcomes easier. There are two ways to measure the outcomes.

General Education Outcomes—Assignment with Rubric | Teach

General Education Outcomes—Assignment with Rubric

Instructions to attach a rubric to an assignment for assessing general education outcomes in general education courses.

Getting Started with DesignPLUS in Canvas | Teach

Getting Started with DesignPLUS in Canvas

How to switch between Design Tools and Design PLUS and how to switch back. Options in Design Plus, including Edit Current Element, Add New Elements, Accessibility/Usability, User Guides/Tutorials, and More Options.

Giving Students Time Extensions with New Quizzes | Teach

Giving Students Time Extensions with New Quizzes

How to allow students extra time when taking quizzes or exams using the New Quizzes feature in Canvas.

Grade Posting Policy vs. Hide Grades | Teach

Grade Posting Policy vs. Hide Grades

The grade posting policy determines whether grades that are yet to be entered will be shown to students. The Hide Grades feature will hide grades that have already been entered, while new grades will still show.

Graded Discussions in Canvas | Teach

Graded Discussions in Canvas

How to analyze and review graded discussions in Canvas for all of your courses at Utah State University.

Grading Assignments in Canvas | Teach

Grading Assignments in Canvas

The Assignments page is arguably the most central to Canvas’s operation. In this page you'll learn of the various features that are associated with grading an assignment in Canvas.

Grading and Syncing with iClicker Cloud | Teach

Grading and Syncing with iClicker Cloud

In order to enable grading and syncing with iClicker Cloud, you'll need to follow the instructions below.

Group Discussions in Canvas | Teach

Group Discussions in Canvas

How to get your students to participate in group discussions on Canvas and how you can effectively review and grade your students.

How to Grade a Hypothesis Assignment in Canvas | Teach

How to Grade a Hypothesis Assignment in Canvas

How to grade Hypothesis annotation assignments using the Canvas SpeedGrader.

How to Grade a New Quiz | Teach

How to Grade a New Quiz

How teachers can grade quizzes that were created with the Canvas New Quizzes feature.

How to Integrate Zoom into Canvas | Teach

How to Integrate Zoom into Canvas

How to integrate and activate the Zoom tool into your Canvas course side navigation.

How to Log Into Canvas | Teach

How to Log Into Canvas

All USU students, faculty, and staff have access to Canvas and can log on to Canvas at canvas.usu.edu.

How to Simplify Your Navigation in Canvas | Teach

How to Simplify Your Navigation in Canvas

Walkthrough on how to simplify your Canvas course navigation to be more user-friendly and enhance the overall student experience.

How to Use Canvas Course Templates | Teach

How to Use Canvas Course Templates

CIDI has developed two templates to help you organize your course materials and provide a consistent experience for students across USU.

Hypothesis: Canvas Annotation Assignment Tool | Teach

Hypothesis: Canvas Annotation Assignment Tool

Hypothesis is a Canvas integrated tool that allows you to collaborate and annotate most online sources.

Import Content from Another Canvas Course | Teach

Import Content from Another Canvas Course

Getting ready for the new semester and have content from this semester you'd like to reuse? Great! You can import content from another Canvas course.

Import a Quiz from Another Canvas Course | Teach

Import a Quiz from Another Canvas Course

You can import specific content from one Canvas course to another, if you are a Teacher, TA, or Course Designer of both courses.

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Importing Content into Canvas On-Demand Workshop

This on-demand workshop walks you through how to properly import content from one Canvas course into another and what things you need to review and consider before beginning your course for the semester.

Importing Grades Into Canvas Using a Spreadsheet | Teach

Importing Grades Into Canvas Using a Spreadsheet

Sometimes grades are collected using another source, such as i>clicker, scantron tests, and publisher websites. Or you may just prefer to organize your grades on a spreadsheet.

Layout Coach Setting Descriptions | Teach

Layout Coach Setting Descriptions

Within Delphinium the Layout Coach will walk you through all of these settings. This page serves as a reference to be able to see descriptions of all settings at once.

Make Feedback Unavailable to Students Until Grading is Complete in Canvas | Teach

Make Feedback Unavailable to Students Until Grading is Complete in Canvas

The instructions required to make grades, comments, and annotations unavailable until grading is complete and grades are manually posted.

Manage Question Banks | Teach

Manage Question Banks

Why, when, and how to use question banks in your Utah State University Canvas course quizzes.

Managing Outcomes in Canvas New Quizzes | Teach

Managing Outcomes in Canvas New Quizzes

The steps to manage outcomes with the new system in the New Quizzes tool in Canvas.

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Manually Graded Canvas Quiz Question Types and Risks

Different methods of manually graded Canvas quizzes, how to implement them, and suggestions on managing the complex problems that arise with them.

Mastery Paths in Canvas | Teach

Mastery Paths in Canvas

Mastery Paths allows you to customize learning experiences for students based on performance. You can enable Mastery Paths to automatically assign coursework based on the score achieved for a previous assignment.

Message All Students Within a Grade Range in Canvas | Teach

Message All Students Within a Grade Range in Canvas

New Analytics in Canvas allows you to filter outgoing messages to send to your students that fall within a specific grade range.

Moderate Quiz Option in Canvas | Teach

Moderate Quiz Option in Canvas

How to extend time limit for students and give extra attempts on quizzes and exams through the Canvas Moderate Quiz setting.

New Quizzes Overview | Teach

New Quizzes Overview

An overview of the Canvas New Quizzes tool which provides additional question types and tools that are not available in Classic Quizzes.

Notification Preferences in Canvas | Teach

Notification Preferences in Canvas

Suggestions for setting Canvas notifications to determine how often you will receive alerts about new assignment submissions, submission comments, etc.

Online Essay Exams and Quizzes | Teach

Online Essay Exams and Quizzes

Suggestions for setting up online essay question types in Canvas exams and quizzes for enhanced security.

Open My Media | Teach

Open My Media

The easiest way to open your My Media repository is from your Canvas dashboard.

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Prepare for Final Grading in Canvas

You have successfully used Canvas to grade all the assignments in your class, now you can save some time by submitting your grades directly to Banner.

Print a Canvas Syllabus | Teach

Print a Canvas Syllabus

If you have used the Design Tools or Canvas formatting to prepare your syllabus in Canvas, the easiest way to print a properly formatted syllabus is from the USU Canvas Course Syllabus Tracker.

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Proctored, Automatically Graded & Time-Restricted Canvas Quizzes (most secure)

Curated list of Canvas quiz questions that are automatically graded along with different proctoring options and how to implement them.

Quizzes Overview

Quizzes Overview

An introduction of the various options for quizzing using tools available through Canvas.

Replace the Instructor Photo on Your Home Page | Teach

Replace the Instructor Photo on Your Home Page

Instructions on replacing the instructor photo on your Canvas course home page using design tools.

Restore Deleted Content in Canvas | Teach

Restore Deleted Content in Canvas

Previously saved content can be restored if it gets accidentally deleted. This includes assignments, classic quizzes, pages, etc.

Reusing Your Course in Canvas | Teach

Reusing Your Course in Canvas

If you already taught a course once in Canvas, this page is to help you understand how you can best reuse and refine that course to have a successful time teaching your new incoming students.

Scheduling a Meeting in Zoom | Teach

Scheduling a Meeting in Zoom

How to set up a Zoom meeting within Canvas, outside of Canvas, and how to invite guest speakers.

Share Screen Recording in a Discussion | Teach

Share Screen Recording in a Discussion

How to post or embed a Kaltura screen recording as a discussion reply in a Canvas discussion board.

Share Zoom Link with Class

Share Zoom Link with Class

Share a Zoom link that can be accessed by all students in the class through Canvas.

Student Self Evaluation in Canvas | Teach

Student Self Evaluation in Canvas

The instructions below will show you how to create a self evaluation for your students based on a rubric outline that you have for your assignment.

Student View (Periscope) | Teach

Student View (Periscope)

Periscope view allows the instructor to see what a specific student will see when he logs into Delphinium.

Switch Between Design Tools and DesignPLUS in Canvas | Teach

Switch Between Design Tools and DesignPLUS in Canvas

How to switch between Design Tools and DesignPLUS. Also, how to switch back to Design Tools from DesignPLUS in Canvas.

Syncing Canvas Calendar to Outlook or Google Calendars  | Teach

Syncing Canvas Calendar to Outlook or Google Calendars

How to sync your Canvas Calendar with either your Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar accounts.

Testing Center - Proctoring Accommodations | Teach

Testing Center - Proctoring Accommodations

Make accommodations to allow your student(s) to take an exam or quiz with Proctorio while the rest of your students take the exam or quiz in a testing center. Instructions to make the exam flexible in Canvas with the Moderate This Quiz feature.

TidyUP Canvas Content Cleanup Tool | Teach

TidyUP Canvas Content Cleanup Tool

TidyUP is available in your Canvas course to help you quickly identify and clean up the content in your course.

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Time Restricted and Automatically Graded Canvas Quizzes

Descriptions of the automatically graded questions types associated with a time-restricted and automatically graded quiz.

Transfer Canvas Classic Quiz to New Quizzes | Teach

Transfer Canvas Classic Quiz to New Quizzes

Transferring a classic Canvas quiz into the New Quizzes format to take advantage of new question types.

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Universal Design Resources for Canvas

Dr. John Scott of Blackboard gave the following workshop in fall of 2019 at Utah State University on how to better support diverse online learners as part of the 2019 Ally Road Tour.

Update Active Dates for Modules to Display in Canvas | Teach

Update Active Dates for Modules to Display in Canvas

How to add dates to the module list on your Canvas homepage to highlight and open the most current module.

Update Content Pages in Canvas Templates | Teach

Update Content Pages in Canvas Templates

Instructions for how to update Canvas content pages using the Design Tools. Change the unit, content title, etc in the template using the side bar.

Update Date References in Canvas Module Titles | Teach

Update Date References in Canvas Module Titles

If you have previously typed dates to appear in your module titles in your homepage, you'll want to update them through the Multi Tool.

Update Home Page Module Dates in Design Tools | Teach

Update Home Page Module Dates in Design Tools

How to update the dates for the modules on the home page by using the features on design tools.

Update the Visual Template Home Page | Teach

Update the Visual Template Home Page

The Visual Template comes with a pre-styled homepage containing a general university image and replaceable banner text. Be sure to change the course number and title. Changing the image is optional.

Upgrade Legacy Design Content with DesignPLUS | Teach

Upgrade Legacy Design Content with DesignPLUS

How to upgrade the content designed with the legacy (Design Tools) sidebar to utilize DesignPLUS formatting.

Uploading Files to Canvas | Teach

Uploading Files to Canvas

The basics of adding a file to a Canvas course either in the Files tool or within a module.

Using Any Grading Scenario in Canvas | Teach

Using Any Grading Scenario in Canvas

How to convert your Canvas gradebook to a CSV file to import into Excel to calculate a custom final grade.

View Copyleaks Reports in Canvas as an Instructor | Teach

View Copyleaks Reports in Canvas as an Instructor

How to view a student's Copyleaks report through the SpeedGrader and Grading. How to review the matching sources of a plagiarism detection report using Copyleaks.

View Student A-Numbers on Canvas Grades Page | Teach

View Student A-Numbers on Canvas Grades Page

Canvas allows the option to change which identifying information an instructor sees for a student.

Viewing an Attendance Report in Zoom | Teach

Viewing an Attendance Report in Zoom

Tutorials for generating attendance reports, which are available through the Zoom link in Canvas or through the Zoom website. If the meeting recurrence is set for "no fixed time" you will have to pull the reports from the Zoom website.

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  1. How do I use the Gradebook?

    Community Canvas Canvas LMS Canvas Instructor How do I use the 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.

  2. Grading Assignments in Canvas

    How you grade assignments in Canvas is going to depend on how students submit the assignment. On This Page Enter Score on Grades Page View Online Submission and Submit a Score in SpeedGrader Sort and Name Display Options Annotation Tools Grade Entry Use a Rubric Additional Feedback Moving to Next Student More Resources Enter Score on Grades Page

  3. Grading in Canvas

    1 Automatic or Manually Entered Grades 2 Grading Schemes 3 Weighted Grades 3.1 Benefits/Disadvantages 4 Curved Grades 5 Add or Hide Columns/Grades from Students 6 Download/Upload Grades to a Spreadsheet 7 Use New Analytics 8 Advanced Grading Options 8.0.1 Drop Lowest or Highest Grades 8.0.2 Late policies 8.0.3 Default Grades 8.0.4 Grade Override

  4. Key Concepts for Grading in Canvas

    Start by creating "Assignment Groups" 2. Correlate your grading scheme for the letter grades 3. Manage unique calculations (e.g., drop lowest score) in assignment groups 4. To add a Gradebook column, create an Assignment first 5. Assign either a point value or percentage to the graded assignments 6.

  5. Canvas How-To: Gradebook Setup and Grading

    In a Canvas course, the structure of the grade book is configured on the Assignments page. The Grades page contains the data and calculations of the grade book - the scores. When you create any graded activity in Canvas, an item appears on the Assignments page and a column is automatically present in the Grades.

  6. Grades and Assignments in Canvas

    Grades and Assignments in Canvas Katie Skapin 912 subscribers Subscribe Subscribed 151 35K views 6 years ago Getting Started with Canvas Curious how to set-up assignments in Canvas? Want to...

  7. Weighting Grades, Giving Extra Credit, and Other Tips on Managing

    A second common source of confusion is how to create gradebook columns. In Canvas, assignments are tightly integrated with the Gradebook and the only way to create a gradebook column is to create and publish an assignment.This may seem unintuitive at first glance, as not all assignments require online submissions (e.g. attendance and participation or assignments done on paper).

  8. How to Use the Gradebook to Enter and Calculate Grades in Canvas

    Assignment groups are how you can organize your assignments in Canvas. They function on the assignments page similar to how modules work for your course. ... The column header also conveys additional information, including: its point value, whether or not the assignment grades are hidden (an eyeball in the left corner), if the assignment is ...

  9. Canvas Basics: Gradebook Setup & Grading

    Assignments can be set to display grades as points, a percentage, complete/incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. After creating and publishing a graded assignment, it will appear in the Canvas Gradebook. Click the "New Assignment" button on the Assignments home page. Assignments are arranged in columns on the Grades page of the course.

  10. How-To: Create Graded Assessments in Canvas

    Canvas offers a variety of methods for creating graded course activities. Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussion Boards each offer unique, and pedagogically different, opportunities for engaging students with your course content. This guide will explain each type of Canvas graded course activity further, as well as provide the step-by-step instructions for creating them within your Canvas course ...

  11. How to Create Assignments for Your Canvas Course

    1. In the Course Navigation menu, click the Assignments link. 2. Click " +Assignment " at the top right. 3. Write the assignment title and directions for students. 4. Assign the number of points available for the assignment. 5. Choose an " Assignment Group". Assignment groups are, in essence, a category of assignment.

  12. How do I view my grades in a current course?

    You can click any score field and approximate your grade for both graded assignments (if want to submit an assignment) and ungraded assignments. To print your grades, click the Print Grades button [11]. View Grading Periods If grading periods are enabled in your course, you can view your grades according to grading period [1].

  13. Grading Efficiently with Canvas

    In Canvas, after you attach a rubric to an assignment and choose it for grading, you will be able to click the rating that applies to the student's submission and Canvas will automatically calculate the total score for you in the SpeedGrader. Once there is a submission, the Download Submissions link will appear.

  14. What Can and Cannot Be Graded in the Canvas Gradebook?

    You can use the Gradebook for any of the types; however, if you have Speedgrader set to grade automatically, students will not see a grade for essay or fill-in-the-blank questions until you grade them manually, which means they will initially see only a partial grade. Assignments

  15. Organizing the Canvas Gradebook

    The Canvas 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. Not . . .

  16. Marking and grading assignments efficiently in Canvas

    Here are some tips to efficiently set grading policy, mark and grade your assignments in Canvas: Set the "Grade Posting Policy" to "Manual". The first step before you set up your assignments is to set the Grade Posting policy in Canvas to Manual. When a manual grade posting policy is applied to an assignment, it will stop all ...

  17. How to Grade Assessment in Canvas Using SpeedGrader

    Go to the Grades page. Navigate to the row and column of the assignment submission you would like to grade. Click in that "cell". Click on the "arrow door" that appears to open the detail tray on the right. Click on SpeedGrader in the detail tray. It is often the third item in the the panel.

  18. Create Weighted Assignment Groups in Canvas for Grading

    When you have different assignment types (e.g., assignments, discussions, quizzes, etc.), and a weighted grading system, you may use Canvas' Assignment Groups to calculate weighted grades and organize the assignments. Based on the information you've articulated in your syllabus, you can quickly set up Assignment Groups.

  19. How-To: Set Up Weighted Grades in Canvas Gradebook

    To set up weighted grades in Canvas, you'll need to create what are called "Assignment Groups." This guide will walk you through that process step by step.

  20. Canvas

    In other words, it is a platform for hosting course content, delivering online quizzes, accepting online assignment submissions, disseminating grades and feedback, and more. All USU students, faculty, and staff have access to Canvas and can login to Canvas at canvas.usu.edu. Instructors and TAs needing help with Canvas can call CIDI at (435 ...

  21. How do I view assignments or students individually...

    The Gradebook Individual View allows instructors to assess one student and one assignment at a time. Fully accessible to screen readers, this Gradebook view allows instructors to sort by section and assignment and contains many of the same settings that are available in the Gradebook.

  22. Academic Calendar Fall 2024

    Instructors may begin submitting final grades for all fall classes . Friday, December 6 Class work ends . Monday-Friday, December 9-13. Finals Week . Friday, December 13 Graduate Commencement . Saturday, December 14 Undergraduate Commencement . Wednesday, December 18 (12:00 pm) Final grades due electronically from faculty . Friday, December 20

  23. Fall 2024 Academic Calendar

    W Grades Posted for Course Withdrawals: Sept: 16: Last Day for 90% Refund, Full or Partial Withdrawal - No Refund for Partial Withdrawal after this date Sept: 30: Last Day for 50% Refund, Full Withdrawal: Oct: 21

  24. 02/19/2024

    Assignments - Mastery Path Icon - When Mastery Paths is enabled, module items display the Mastery Paths icon. New Analytics - The New Analytics page displays an updated user interface. Modules - In Modules, instructors have the option to unpublish a module only. This option is available in the Publish All drop-down menu and individual … Continue reading "02/19/2024 - Calendar ...

  25. B. Vernet on Instagram: "JMS 7th Grade Math HAS AN ASSIGNMENT!! You

    13 likes, 4 comments - mrsvteach on January 17, 2024: "JMS 7th Grade Math HAS AN ASSIGNMENT!! You have two assignments posted in canvas. THEY ARE DUE BY..."

  26. Grading question for differentiated assignments

    If I remember correctly, with the grad/undergrad scenario they were in separate sections (which came from the cross-listing) and you were able to have weighted assignment groups for the grad students separate from the undergrad. The undergrad assignment groups totaled to 100% and the grad groups totaled to 100%.

  27. How do I arrange columns in the Gradebook?

    Open Gradebook Settings Click the Settings icon. Arrange Columns Click the View Options tab [1], then click the Arrange By drop-down menu [2]. The default order is the order set in the Assignments page. Arrange by Assignment Name To arrange columns by assignment name, select the Assignment Name - A-Z option or Assignment Name - Z-A option.

  28. How do I change the status of a submission in the Gradebook?

    Assignments with a late or missing status will display a label on the student's grades page indicating the status. If you do not want status labels displayed on a student's grades page, set the assignment status to None. Excused assignments are not calculated as part of a student's total grade.

  29. How do I post grades for an assignment in the Gradebook?

    Student grades can be hidden in one of three ways: selecting a manual grade posting policy for an assignment, selecting a manual grading posting policy for a course, or hiding scores from an assignment's Options menu. Manual posting policies automatically hide grades for students and should be set before you enter any grades.