The article describes basic Canvas grading capabilities. There are advanced features that may also be of interest.
Before You Start
You will need a Canvas site containing graded assignments.
General grading information
There are many features you can use in grading student work.
- If an assignment is not Published or has the type "Not Graded", it will not appear in the Gradebook.
- Use the DocViewer to see submissions without having to download. (Not available for all file types.)
- Use the Gradebook or Speedgrader to enter scores for the assignment. The students will be notified about the grades according to their notification preferences.
- Mute an assignment to hide grades both in SpeedGrader and in the Gradebook.
- You can see grades for all students, the students themselves can see only theirs. Use student view to experience this.
- Use rubrics to explicitly define the criteria that will be used to assess an assignment.
- Provide feedback online with text comments, audio or video comments, or online paper annotation.
- Use Grading Schemes to provide evaluations other than points, such as letter grades, excellent/good/fair, etc.
Using the Gradebook
- Sort by student or score.
- Hide student names.
- Show a grading history for each student.
- Leave comments to students.
- Compute a total weighted grade.
- Use a special column to keep notes about each student.
- Change icons and colors to indicate when assignments have been submitted, the type of submission, if the submission is late, and other characteristics.
Speedgrader is an alternative to the Gradebook, and allows you to...
You can download submitted work individually or in a single batch.
- To download a single assignment, use the Gradebook. Hover over the cell for that student in the appropriate assignment column. Click on the bubble icon in the top right corner of the cell to bring up a box containing submission details, including a link to download the file.
- To batch-download assignments that students have submitted to Canvas, generate a .zip file containing the submissions in the Gradebook or on the assignment detail page.
You can grade submissions offline and then upload the results to Canvas.
- You can bulk download submissions, make comments within documents, and re-upload the submissions to return the commented files to the students. (Keep all the original names or formats of files; changing them will break the association between the submissions and students.)
- You can also download the gradebook, make changes, and upload those changes.
Although you can store grades in Canvas, you must submit grades through Instruction Center.