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The Gradebook in Canvas

In Canvas' navigation menu option "Grades", you can find the Gradebook, where the teacher and students get a visual overview of all assessments. In order for assessments in Canvas to work optimally, you sometimes need to set a "grading scheme" for an assignment or arrange "assignment groups" so that the grades are weighed together in the way you as a teacher want. Here you will find information on how these functions work.

Assessments or grades in Canvas

In Canvas, the student receives feedback and sees assessments and results. Students often appreciate having one place where they can see what the teacher has registered about their performance during the course. But results presented in Canvas can in some cases be seen as a governmental decision, so the recommendation is to only publish results where it is clearly stated how they are included in the grading process. This is important from a legal perspective, since as soon as a result becomes a grade, stricter rules apply to how it can be changed. Also keep in mind that the results for a course module has to be reported to Ladok within 15 working days after the examination date. It is not enough to report for for examlpe exam results only through Canvas.

Video presentation of the Gradebook

Canvas has a video that explains the Gradebook. There are timestamps for the information below the video and there is a text version of the video ( .

Timestamps for information in the video

  • 00:00 - Find and orientate in the Gradebook.
  • 00:30 - View options.
  • 01:00 - Late Policies for submissions.
  • 01:40 - Grade Posting Policy (recommended to be set to manual mode).
  • 02:30 - Sort students in the Gradebook.
  • 03:30 - Manage the order and display settings for assignments and submissions.
  • 05:25 - Change settings for a specific assignment.
  • 06:31 - Handle each submitted assignment individually.
  • 07:10 - Assignment groups in the Gradebook.
  • 07:23 - Import and export the Gradebook to CSV file.
  • 07:47 - Gradebook individual view.
  • 08:30 - Gradebook History.

Anonymise the Gradebook

It is recommended that the assessment is done anonymously so that you as a teacher do not see which student you are assessing. To anonymise the Graebook, you need to activate anonymous assessment in the settings for the respective assignment. Read more on the page How to assess anonymously in Canvas .

Hide the grades during the assessment work

If you want to hide the grades from the students while the assessment work is in progress or longer, you do it most easily in the Canvas Gradebook that you find by clicking on “Grades” in your course room. If the current Canvas room is prepared with one of KTH's templates, this setting may already be adjusted.

Click on the cogwheel to the right in the Gradebook view. In the window that appears, select the "Grade Posting Policy" tab. Select the option "Manually Post Grades".

Screenshot "Grade Posting Policy" tab with "Manually Post Grades" checked.

With this setting, the student should not see any new grades, notes or comments that you add to the submission until you manually publish the grades. You can publish all grades for an assignment by clicking on the button with three dots on it next to the assignment's name and select "Publish Grades".

It is also possible to set separate policies for different assignments. Set a Grade Posting Policy (Canvas Community)

Manage results with Canvas

There are several choices regarding how results should be noted and displayed to the students in assessed assignments and there are also different ways of handling the assessments in the Gradebook to weigh them together for a final grade. Read more about how to note points in different ways and Canvas' three ways to weigh results on the page Manage results with Canvas .

Outcomes and the Gradebook

The Gradebook can be completely adjusted so that it describes intended learning outcomes. Learn more about Canvas' Outcomes on the pages about Gradebooks for learning mastery for both teachers and students .

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Last changed: Aug 08, 2023