How do I weight the final course grade based on Assignment Groups?

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

You can weight final grades based on assignment groups. 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. This percentage is then multiplied by the selected group weight. Each assignment group calculation is added together to create the final grade.

For example, an instructor may create three assignment groups (A, B, and C) weighted at 20%, 50%, and 30%, respectively. The total score equation for a course with three assignment groups would be (percentage A x weight A) + (percentage B x weight B) + (percentage C x weight C) = final course percentage. If a student scores 75% in Group A, 98% in Group B, and 87% in Group C, the final score would be calculated as (.20 x .75) + (.50 x .98) + (.30 x .88) = .901, or 90.1%.

The final score calculation is changed if there are no graded items in an assignment group and the Treat Ungraded as 0 option is not selected. In this case, all assignment groups with graded items will be divided by their combined weight, and the assignment groups without graded items are removed from the equation. For example, if Group C contained no graded discussions, assignments, or quizzes, the calculation for final score would be (.20 x .75) + (.50 x .98) รท .70 = .9143, or 91.43%.

Open Assignments

Open Assignments

In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Assignments Settings

Assignments Settings

Click the Settings icon.

Weight Final Grade

Weight Final Grade

Click the Weight final grade based on assignment groups checkbox.

Set Weights

Set Weights

Enter the percentage weights for each of the different Assignment Groups you created [1]. The percentage weights you specify here will determine how Canvas calculates the final grade for your course. These percentages can be changed at any time and students will be notified when any changes are made. The weights will show up in the Gradebook for both students and instructors.

Click the Save button [2].

Note: Assignment group weights can include decimals.