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Grades Tutorial Vidoes for Canvas


Using weighted grades

Weighted grades in Canvas can be used to assign grades based on how much percentage points a grade category is worth (i.e. Weekly Quizzes worth 10% of final grade) This can allow for a great deal of flexibility for instructors who do not want to rely on a strict points-only grading system.


Creating a grade item

The Canvas gradebook is created dynamically as various graded items (quizzes, assignments, discussions, etc.) are created elsewhere in a course. This means that instructors do not have to manually manage gradebook items separately from the actual assignments that are being graded.


SpeedGrader Overview

SpeedGrader is the name Canvas uses for its grading interface, and it is replete with powerful features that help streamline an instructor's grading workflow. This video covers some of the basic elements of SpeedGrader. 


SpeedGrader Advanced

Instructors can use the annotation tools in SpeedGrader to markup student submissions, leave comments, and engage in dialog with students about the comments. These powerful tools can be used on tablets such as the iPad or a Microsoft Surface.


Grading Rubrics

Creating a rubric within Canvas and assigning criteria, ratings, and scoring options.


Linking a Rubric to an Assignment

Rubrics can be linked to a specific assignment in one of two ways. Either by creating a rubric when the assignment is being edited, or by first creating a rubric and then manually linking it to an assignment.


Advanced options when using Rubrics

Rubrics can be customized in a variety of ways in addition to simply adding criteria and ratings. Instructors can also specify such options as removing ratings to write individual comments, remove points from the rubric, and posting Outcomes to Learning Mastery Gradebook. Rubrics can also be specified for use when grading an assignment which can streamline the grading process for instructors.


Grading an assignment with a Rubric

After a rubric is created it can be used to grade student submissions when using the SpeedGrader tool. Instructors can select ratings for individual criteria, and points are automatically added up for an overall total. Instructors can also leave comments on individual criteria. 


Entering Grades

Grading an assignment in Canvas can be as simple as navigating through cells in an Excel spreadsheet. Detailed information can also be added to a given grade, including Status (Late, Missing, Excused) and grade comments.


Sorting Students in the Gradebook

The spreadsheet view in the Canvas gradebook can be sorted by First/Last name, as well as Ascending, Descending, and other parameters.


Viewing and Sorting Grades

The Gradebook in Canvas can be sorted in many different ways to accommodate the method that suits each instructor best. This can include sorting according to assignment group and module, as well as using Status indicators to see information on late assignments at-a-glance.


Using Late and Missing Assignment Gradebook Options

Instructors can specify whether to automatically apply deductions to assignments that are turned in late, and customize the parameters of the deductions.


Assignment Sorting Options in the Gradebook

When working with the Canvas Gradebook, instructors can sort grade items parameters such as Low to High, Missing, and Late. Instructors can also use communication tools in the Gradebook to contact students whose submission status or assignment grades meet certain parameters. (i.e. late, missing, etc.)


Individual View

Instructors can use the Individual View option in the Canvas gradebook to see detailed information on a student-by-student basis, as well as grade student submissions while also seeing data that relates to other assignment scores.


Gradebook History View

The Gradebook History option allows instructors to see all graded that have been entered according to the time and date they were entered. Instructors can also sort by student, grade item, and grader.


Color-Coding in the Gradebook

The Gradebook can become full of colored squares and flags, which can be a little confusing at first. These all have specific meanings and relate to assignment status as well as Turnitin Similarity Scores.


Exporting Grades to CSV

The entire gradebook can be exported to a CSV file which can then be opened with Excel or another spreadsheet program. This allows instructors to maintain a backup of all grades, as well as enter grades offline for uploading later.


Importing Grades from CSV

Grades can be created in a CSV file and then uploaded to Canvas. This allows instructors to enter grades offline and then upload to Canvas at a time that is convenient for them.


Setting a Course Grade Post Policy

Canvas lets you specify the Post Policy for your course, meaning that you can choose to release grades to students automatically as they are entered for assignments or manually when you want.


Setting an Assignment Grade Post Policy

You can specify the Post Policy for individual assignments, which means you can have grades for some assignments released automatically while grades for others (i.e. research papers, projects, etc.) released manually when you want.


Curving Grades

Canvas allows instructors to curve student grades on individual assignments.



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