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Canvas Quick Guide - Gradebook

The Gradebook in Canvas is accessed via the Grades tool.  Only graded assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and graded surveys that have been published appear in the Gradebook.  The Gradebook helps instructors easily input and distribute grades for students. Grades for each assignment can be calculated as points, percentages, complete or incomplete, pass or fail, GPA scale, and letter grades.

Further information about the Gradebook and grades can be found by following this link, this resource lists a variety of different questions you may have. 


Create an Assignment Group (Grading Category)

 Create Assignment Groups to create subtotal columns and/or use weighted grades.

Create an Assignment Group

Note:  If your course was imported from Moodle, many of the assignment may be nested in the group called “Imported Assignments”.  Assignments can be moved to other groups (categories) by dragging the item.  Click and hold on the double row of four dots to move items in Canvas. 

Set Up Weighted Grades

Note:  If your course was imported from Moodle, you may want to delete the Group labeled “Imported Assignments” after the grade items are moved to other groups (categories).  

Enable the Letter Grade

By default, a Letter Grade will not appear to students but the instructor can enable and modify the letter scheme in a course. 

How do I enable a grading scheme for a course?

Toggle Display Percentage or Point Total to Students

By default, Canvas displays the Final Grade to students as a Percentage. Instructors have the option to change this default to Points. This option is not available when weighted grades are used in a course. 


Canvas Instructor’s Guide to Changing Course Grades between Points and Percentage

Toggle View Missing Grades as Zero

Instructors can view student grades as if all ungraded assignments are worth zero points in the Gradebook. This feature called Treat Ungraded as 0 is located in the Gradebook Settings and is only a visual change that does not actually affect any grades—it only helps instructors to see the change in Gradebook calculations if ungraded assignments were given scores of zero. Enabling this option has no effect outside of the Gradebook; students cannot see any difference in their grade pages. Similarly, TAs or other instructors in the course will not see any change in their view of the Gradebook. Only the user who enables this option will see the affected grades.  

Canvas Instructor’s Guide on Treating Ungraded Assignments as Zero

Set Default Grade to Zero (or another value)

Instructors may wish to set all the missing assignment grades to zero toward the end of the semester.  Additionally, instructors may want to give everyone a score on a particular assignment, without individually entering the grades.  The set default grades feature will allow you to make these changes.  This setting will work similar to the Excludes Empty Grades setting in Moodle. 

Canvas Instructor’s Guide on Set Default Grade

Hide Course Grade from Students

Instructors can hide totals in students' grade summaries. By default, totals are visible to students. For courses using weighted assignment groups, assignment group totals are also hidden from students. 

Canvas Instructor’s Guide on Hiding Course Grade Summary from Students