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).  

Override Final Grade

The Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the Gradebook. You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. A letter grade results in the lower bound of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the override score.

An override can be applied to final grades in grading periods, but the overridden grades from the grading period will not affect the student's total final course grade.

Students can view the overridden grade in their Grades page. However, students will not know the score has been overridden.

You will need to turn on this Feature Option in settings. Look for "Final Grade Override" setting.

How do I override a student's final grade in the Gradebook?

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

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