The Canvas gradebook is utilized by professors from all disciplines. Canvas has released some new features, that we will talk about in the coming weeks. This week’s post will focus on setting up your gradebook using total points or weighted percentages. It can be difficult to navigate Canvas and all of it’s features, but we are certain our tips below will have your gradebook set up and no time! In addition, if you are looking for more updates on Canvas, do not forget to check out our Canvas Corner.
Weighted Vs. Unweighted Gradebook
Users can have either a weighted or unweighted gradebook; unweighted is the default option. In a weighted gradebook, categories or assignments are worth more than others. A weighted gradebook will calculate final grades based off percentages and an unweighted gradebook will calculate all scores together. To set up a weighted gradebook, you will navigate to the assignments tab in the left-hand course navigation (picture 1). In the top right of the screen, you will notice three vertical dots. Once you select those, you will see the option to add group weights (picture 2). A dialogue box will appear that allows you select the option to weight your grades (picture 3). The final screen will allow you to enter the percentages for assignment groups (picture 4). Be sure to select ‘save’ once you are done.
Note: You must have assignment groups in your course to use a weighted gradebook.
Points Gradebook Vs. Percentage Gradebook
By default, total grades in Canvas are shown as percentages, but as an instructor, you can choose for student grades to be displayed as total points. Students will have access to the points earned, related to total points possible, when viewing the ‘Grades’ tab in the course.
First, you will navigate to the grades tab in the left-hand course navigation (picture 1). Next, you will need to scroll over to the far right of the screen until you see the totals for each student appear (picture 2). When you hover over the title of the column, you will see the option to ‘switch to points’ appear. Once you select that option, you will receive a warning on the screen (picture 3). This is alerting you that once you change it, students will now see their grades appear differently. Be sure to choose ‘continue’ to save your options or ‘cancel’ if you change your mind. Following these same steps, you can toggle between a total points view and a percentage view for total grades.
If you have any questions, or difficulty duplicating the steps detailed in this post, please contact the Digital Education Collaborative.