Grades

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Find details on how you can grade online assignments and assessments collected through Canvas.

Control Grade Visibility | Grade in Canvas Gradebook | Grade While Viewing Work | Grade Offline | Review Proctored Assessments


Control Grade Visibility

If you do not want your grades for Canvas assignments and assessments to be immediately visible to students, change your course to manually post grades. This change means that you control when each individual grade becomes visible for students.

Manually post grades in Canvas

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click Grades in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click the settings gear icon on the right-hand side.
  3. Click the Grade Posting Policy tab, and choose Manually Post Grades.
  4. Click Update. The word “Manual” will appear next to all the column titles in your Gradebook.
  5. Enter grades using any relevant approach below.
  6. Once all the grades have been entered for a column, hover over the column heading, click the column option menu (the 3 vertical dots), and choose Post Grades.
  7. Students will see their grades for this item.

The Gradebook is a spreadsheet in Canvas that helps you input and distribute grades for students. By default, grades will be visible to students as soon as they complete an auto-graded assessment or you enter a grade for the item in the Gradebook.

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Grade in Canvas Gradebook

Once you have collected assignment or assessment submissions in Canvas, you can enter grades directly in columns for each item in the online grading spreadsheet called the Gradebook.

Using Canvas Gradebook

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click Grades in the Course Navigation.
  2. Locate the student name and correct grade column.
  3. Click the cell, enter a grade, and press the Return/Enter key.
  4. If you would like to enter a comment for the student, click the arrow in the student’s cell to open the grade details, and type in the designated area.

Tip:
You will need to publish items in your Canvas course to see them in the Gradebook. Columns in the spreadsheet are only created for assignments, graded discussions, and graded assessments that are published.

Learn more about Canvas Gradebook »

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Grade While Viewing Work

Once you have collected assignment or assessment submissions in Canvas, you can view and grade them there, as well as leave contextual feedback, with the SpeedGrader tool.

Using Canvas SpeedGrader

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and access SpeedGrader from any assignment, quiz, or graded discussion or directly from the Gradebook.
  2. For anything that has student submissions, click SpeedGrader in the right sidebar of the page, under “Related Items”.
  3. Enter the grade and comments on the right-hand side of the SpeedGrader page.
  4. Click Submit to apply grades and comments to the submission.
    • The student’s indicator will change to a checkmark, verifying the submission has been graded.
  5. To view the next student’s submission, click the arrow button next to the student list.

The SpeedGrader allows you to look sequentially at each student’s work and enter grades as you go. You can also provide comments directly on student PDFs, Word documents, and PowerPoint slides.

Learn more about Canvas SpeedGrader »

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Grade Offline

Once you have collected assignment or assessment submissions in Canvas, you can export the grading spreadsheet to enter grades offline. When grading is complete, you will upload the spreadsheet back to Canvas to post the grades for students.

Download grades from Canvas

  1. Log in to your Canvas course, and click Grades in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click Actions and select Export.
  3. When the export is completed, Canvas will download a CSV file to your computer that can be opened with spreadsheet software like Excel.

Tip:
Some columns in the file are read-only because they are calculated by rules set in Canvas. You can hide these columns in your spreadsheet editor, but don’t delete them.

Upload grades to Canvas

  1. To import the grades back into Canvas, log in and click Grades in the Course Navigation.
  2. Click Actions and select Import.
  3. Click either Choose File or Browse (depending on your browser), and locate the file you edited on your computer.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Click Upload Data. The grade columns will be updated.

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Review Proctored Assessments

You can review outcomes of each exam that used Proctorio in the Proctorio Gradebook, accessible within each proctored Canvas assessment. You’ll get a colour indicator to show if any exams should be reviewed further and where potential issues in each flagged exam occurred.

Learn more about the settings for Proctorio automated flagging and using the Proctorio Gradebook in UBC’s Proctorio instructor guide.

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