What are Grades and the Gradebook?

Grades can serve as a communication tool between students and instructors and allow instructors to track the progress of students.

The Gradebook stores all information about student progress in the course, measuring both letter grades and course outcomes.

View an overview video about Grades

Access Grades across all Courses

Access Grades across all Courses

To see a Grade summary across all courses, in Global Navigation, click the Grades link.

Access Grades in a Specific Course

Access Grades in a Specific Course

To access the Gradebook for a specific course, open the course and in Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

What is the Gradebook?

The Gradebook helps instructors easily input and distribute grades for students. Grades for each assignment can be calculated as points, percentages, complete or incomplete, pass or fail, GPA scale, and letter grades, and assignments can be organized into groups for weighting as well.

You can also use SpeedGrader™ to help you assign out grades.

Columns are automatically created in the Gradebook when you create Assignments, graded Discussions, and graded Quizzes and Surveys. A column is also automatically added for the Attendance tool.

Learn more about the Gradebook.

When would I use the Gradebook?

Use the Gradebook to:

  • View assignment submission notifications and assignment details
  • Sort the gradebook by assignment due dates, student names, secondary id, total scores, or group scores (if applicable)
  • Download assignment submissions from students to grade or view them offline when no internet connection is available
  • Manually enter student grades
  • Automatically calculate total and final grades
  • Assign zeros after deadline (this will send a notification out to students)
  • Simultaneously view grade information across all courses
  • Notify students when an assignment has been graded
  • View Grade history and revert updated assignment scores to previous scores (including grades from multiple submissions and/or regraded quizzes)
  • Download or upload Grades as a CSV file
  • Hide grades from students until they are published
  • Create custom weighting, curving, and grade ranges
  • Message students who haven’t submitted an assignment yet, or who scored more than X or less than Y on an assignment
  • Leave private grading notes/comments for the student

Note: You can use keyboard shortcuts to navigate the Gradebook. Press the comma key and a pop-up window with keyboard shortcuts will appear for keyboard navigation.

Gradebook Views

The Gradebook has two views. Grid View allows you to see all students and assignments at the same time. Individual View allows instructors to assess one student and one assignment at a time and is fully accessible for screen readers. Both views retain the same Gradebook settings. You can switch Gradebook views at any time.

Learn more about the Gradebook Individual View.

What is the Learning Mastery Gradebook?

The Learning Mastery Gradebook helps instructors and admins assess the outcome standards being used in Canvas courses rather than letter grades. This gradebook helps institutions measure student learning for accreditation and better assess the needs of their students.  

Learn more about the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

When would I use the Learning Mastery Gradebook?

Use the Learning Mastery Gradebook to:

  • Measure student progress and student learning
  • View student scores based on learning standards and outcomes
  • Filter students based on mastery learning levels
  • View course statistics
  • Assess course curriculum and teaching methods

Gradebook Views

The Gradebook has two views. Grid View allows you to see all students and outcomes at the same time. Individual View allows instructors to assess one student and one outcome at a time and is fully accessible for screen readers. Both views retain the same Gradebook settings. You can switch Gradebook views at any time.

Learn more about the Learning Mastery Gradebook Individual View.

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