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Gradebook Set-Up

Setting Up Percentage-Based Gradebook

You can weight final grades based on assignment groups. Selecting this option assigns a weight to each assignment group, not the assignments themselves. Within each assignment group, a percentage is calculated by dividing the total points a student has earned by the total points possible for all assignments in that group. Note: If your assessment items within an assignment group have different maximum point values, the weight is adjusted based on the amount of points.

Below is an example of Percentage-Based Assignment Groups:

Lab Related Work: 30%

  • Lab quiz: 20 points
  • Lab 1: 20 points
  • Lab 2: 20 points
  • Lab 3: 20 points

Discussions: 10%

  • Week 1 Discussion: 10 points
  • Week 2 Discussion: 10 points
  • Week 3 Discussion: 10 points

Quizzes: 20%

  • Quiz 1: 10 points
  • Quiz 2: 10 points
  • Quiz 3: 10 points

Midterm: 15%

  • Midterm: 65 points

Final Exam: 25%

  • Final Exam: 100 points

Adding Assignment Groups

Using Assignment Groups allows you to organize the assignment items in your course.

Below is an example of five Weighted Assignment Groups, along with the respective assignment items listed in point value under each category:

Gradebook with assignment groups

To create the list shown in the above image, click on the +Group button (located at the top right of your screen) for each assignment group or category.

Adding the Assignment Groups Weight

To add Assignment Groups Weight to your course, navigate to your course Assignments page from your course navigation bar, click on the menu icon (3 dots) located to the far right of your screen to expand the menu items, then select Assignment Groups Weights.

The Set Weights you specify will determine how MyCanvas calculates the final grade for your course.

Access Your Gradebook

The Assignments area is the back-end of your gradebook. Each assessment (i.e. graded quizzes, assignments, discussions) you add to your course is what builds your gradebook. We recommend selecting the Assignments link from your course navigation bar to review the set-up of the grades in your course.

Optional: Adding Rules

Once your assignments have been arranged into their assignment groups, you can create rules for the entire assignment group. Assignment group rules determine how MyCanvas handles any exceptions you want to create for grade calculations. Assignment groups can be weighted or unweighted.

Additionally, you can easily move or reorder assignment items within their groups or to another group.

Tips and Tricks

You can verify your gradebook accuracy using the below steps:

  1. Go to Home and click on the Student View button at the top right of your screen. This adds a Test Student to your course under Grades.
  2. Click on the Leave Student View button on the bottom right of your screen.
  3. Using your teacher view, go to Grades and add the maximum points possible for every assignment column available to the Test Student.
  4. Under the Total column, the Test Student should have the maximum percentage possible

If a student misses an assignment, set-up the Late Policies in your Gradebook Settings, to automatically enter a zero (0) for your course, or manually input a zero (0) for the student(s) in the appropriate column(s).

Need Help?

If you need assistance with managing your Gradebook, contact an Instructional Designer.