Gradebook Tips and Tricks


Course Grading Scheme

A grading scheme can be attached to your course to show your students if they received an A, B, C, D, or F. If you’re responsible for Early Alert / Midterm grades, this is crucial in sending grades from Canvas to Banner. If you have questions on setting up the gradebook in Canvas, please contact Biggio Tech.

enabling course grading scheme from settings

Auburn has provided two common grading schemes for you to use, but you’re welcome to customize it however you wish. If you feel generous, you can even change an A to 89.5!

changing the default grading scheme

Help on setting up the grading scheme


Hiding Grade Totals

If you post your grades but don’t rely on Canvas to calculate them, or if you want your students to calculate their grades on their own, you can turn off both the Assignment Group totals and the grade Total. Students will see each score for their assignment, but Canvas will not display any calculations. This is particularly handy throughout the semester if their scores won’t be completely accurate until the end. Under More Settings, you can also hide the grade distribution to prevent students from seeing the averages.

hiding the totals and distribution from students in course settings

Help on hiding your totals


Mute Assignments

Sometimes it may take a while to grade a particular assignment, and you don’t want Abigail Adams to have access before Zack Zulu. By muting the assignment, you can work on entering your grades without students receiving any notifications. All they see in their grades is an icon indicating that the instructor is working on the grades.

muting an assignment hides student notifications

Once muted, your students will see a notification that you’re working on their grade.

student view with grade totals hidden and a muted assignment

Help on muting assignments


Set Default Grade

You may have over 1000 students in a course each receiving a bonus for attending class before Spring Break. Or you have entered all your grades for an assignment and want to enter 0s for the students who missed the assignment. To help with either scenario, you can set a default grade for all students at once. Enter all your grades, then set the default grade to 0, for example, to fill in the gaps without having to go through each missing grade. Note: Ensure you do not check the “overwrite grade” box, otherwise it’ll replace every grade with 0.

setting treat ungraded as 0 in the gradebook only affects the instructor view

Help on setting a default grade


Regarding “Treat Ungraded as 0”

Related to giving students 0s: Canvas ignores an assignment until a grade is entered. A slightly misleading option is “Treat Ungraded as 0s.” Although this is accurately reflected in your gradebook, it does not affect student grades. If a student receives a 0, then you must enter a 0 manually or using the above “set default grade.”

setting a default grade of 0


Feeling Adventurous? Try Out the New Gradebook!

A new gradebook is available with features such as missing/late penalties, advanced filtering, and other enhancements. Please keep in mind this is a Beta, which means it may not work as smoothly as you hope. If you’re interested in trying out, please let us know how it works for you!


try out the new features

Although the new gradebook looks similar, it has many improvements with more coming in the future.

the new canvas gradebook beta

As always, please contact Biggio Tech if you have any questions!

Last modified: May 31, 2018