Grades

New Gradebook

NEW!Canvas recently introduced a new Gradebook, with a variety of updates, including new menus and filters, Late Grade policies, and improved functionality.

During Spring 2018, instructors can choose to enable the new Gradebook on a per course basis (see instructions below).

Beginning Summer 2018, the new Gradebook will be automatically enabled in ALL courses.

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QUICK TIP: Excuse An Assignment

Dog eating paper homeworkInstructors sometimes need to excuse a student from a particular assignment, so that it does not count toward the final grade. 

To excuse an assignment, simply enter EX for the grade, and that assignment will be ignored for that student.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I excuse an assignment for a student in the Gradebook?

QUICK TIP: Assignment Muting

Do you use assignments in Canvas?  Mute iconStudents are normally notified of new assignment grades and comments immediately, which means one student gets their grade first, and another gets their grade last, sometimes with many days in between.  By “muting” and assignment, instructors can delay these student notifications until all submissions have been graded.

To deliver grades back to all students at the same time, mute an assignment while grading and commenting, then unmute it after grading is complete.

See the Canvas Guides:

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from the Gradebook?

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from SpeedGrader?

QUICK TIP: Message Students Who…

Blue message bubbleInstructors can easily send a Message about an assignment to students directly from within the Gradebook.  You can choose to send a message to students who have:

  • not submitted an assignment
  • not been graded
  • scored higher/lower than a particular grade

This is a quick an easy way to communicate with all of the students who meet a particular criteria.  Instructor contact is one of the keys to student success!

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I send a message to my students from the Gradebook?

QUICK TIP: Speed Up SpeedGrader!

speedometerSpeedGrader can be an efficient and powerful tool for viewing, annotating, commenting and grading student work.  But a few tweaks can fine tune it for faster instructor performance!

 

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QUICK TIP: Enter Zeros For Missing Assignments

Hand holding a large zero.Canvas automatically generates a running total of each student’s current grade.  However, this only includes assignments that have a grade entered.  If no grade is entered, the assignment is not counted in the Total grade calculation.

This can lead to students misunderstanding their current grade.

To ensure an accurate point total/percentage, be sure to enter a “O” for all missed assignments. 

You can assign a zero to multiple students in each assignment by using the Default Grade feature.  Note the option to “Overwrite already-entered grades.”
See the Canvas Guide:

How do I set a default grade for an assignment?

NOTE: The Treat ungraded as zero option in the Gradebook only affects the instructor view, and does not actually adjust the point total. It also is for all items in the Gradebook, not individual assessments.

Speedgrader Keyboard Shortcuts

speedgrader_keyboard_shortcutsIf you use Speedgrader in Canvas, you may be interested to learn some simple keyboard shortcuts to make repetitive actions easier.  

Grade faster!  (It is called Speedgrader, after all.)

Press the “comma” key to see/reference the following list of shortcut keys:

  • j : Next Student
  • k : Previous Student
  • c : Leave Comment
  • g : Change Grade
  • r : Use Rubric

Watch the video on the Canvas Community:

Speedgrader Keyboard Shortcuts

 

Add SLOs To Your Course

Word cloud: outcomes, student, assessment, etc.Faculty can associate specific student learning outcomes (SLO) with course activities and assignments.

Course level SLOs can be found in the course outline, and should be included verbatim in the course syllabus.

Find your SLOs

End-of-Term SLO Reporting Requirements

SLO Reporting Forms and Examples

Learn more about SLOs at Butte College

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Include A Final Letter Grade In The Gradebook

GradesAn automatically generated final letter grade is displayed in the Canvas gradebook for both students and instructors.

(Alternately, a letter grade can be added manually in an Excel file after Exporting Grades From Canvas.)

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Grade Justifications And Canvas

GradesFaculty using the Canvas Gradebook to record student grades do not need to export and submit grade justifications, as long as it contains ALL grades for the course.

Please send a brief email to your department secretary to inform them you have used Canvas to manage grades.

Final grades must still be reported in MyBC.


End of term Gradebook checks:

  • Confirm all assignments are present
    If you are recording grades in Canvas, all grades should be included in the Gradebook, including in-class activities.
  • Confirm assignments include Due Dates:
    Due dates are entered using the settings (Edit) for assignments, discussions and quizzes.
  • Ensure that the Final (Letter) Grade is enabled.
    This is enabled by default, but faculty should confirm that the letter grade is present and accurate.  The default grading scheme (70-80%, 80-90%, etc.) can be adjusted, if needed.
  • Did you include include the SLOs?!
    Associated outcomes should be indicated in individual assignment, quiz, or discussion titles.

QUESTIONS?  Please contact Christie Boggs about grade justification requirements.