The 2019-2020 CNDLS Digital Learning Webinar series kicked off on Friday, September 27th, with Peter Janssens, Associate Director for Instructional Resources, and Brian Boston, Assistant Director for Learning Technologies, presenting “Grading with Canvas.” You can view a recording of the webinar above, as well as access the slides and the handout.
We also want to remind you that you can get help 24/7 with Canvas by clicking on the Help icon in the left navigation bar in Canvas or by calling 1-833-476-1171.
The webinar itself was filled with a lot of really good information about assignments, grading, and the new Canvas Gradebook launching in January 2020. UIS has created a test course for instructors to experiment with the new Gradebook, complete with fictional students. To be added to this course, please email email@example.com.
Now, on to your questions!
Where is the best place to develop surveys or reflections that you want students to complete? I had to make them an ungraded quiz. Is there a better way to create a survey or reflection questions?
Creating an ungraded, open-ended quiz question or questions is one way to do it. Another would be to create an ungraded assignment and limit their submission to a text box. Or, if you want it to be more of a discussion, then the Discussion tool would be useful. There’s not one or best way to do this; it all depends on your workflow and purpose behind the reflection.
How do I enter grades for an assignment or exam that wasn’t submitted in Canvas?
In order to create a column in the Gradebook in Canvas, you have to create an assignment. When you are creating the assignment, you would select “No Submission” which creates the assignment as well as the column in the Gradebook. You can then manually enter grades by simply clicking in cells in the column (see full instructions).
Is there a way to add bonus points assignments in Canvas?
You can create a bonus point assignment by setting the “points possible” for an assignment to 0. That way any points you award to students when you grade it count above and beyond the total points for the class. Other ways you could do this are by adding points to an existing assignment (even exceeding the points possible) or creating an extra credit assignment group, so that the grade weighting for all assignments combined exceeds 100 percent.
How do you set/change the weight for categories in the Gradebook? Or for individual assignments?
Weighting your grades by assignment groups is a straightforward process, described here in the Canvas Guidebook (complete with screenshots!). As for individual assignments within a weighted group, that would depend on how many points each assignment is worth; more points means more weight within the assignment group.
Can I sort students by last name in the new Gradebook?
Like the current Gradebook, students are sorted by last name by default. The new Gradebook also has a number of options for displaying student names and secondary information.
Remember, you can always reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to explore further ways to use Canvas to enhance teaching and learning in your courses. You can also revisit all of last year’s Digital Learning Webinars, as well as check out the Georgetown Canvas Support Site.
Want more webinars?
Mark your calendars for the next webinar, Teaching With Zoom, on October 24th, from 12 – 1 pm!