Additional Canvas Gradebook Resources

Points vs. Weighted Gradebook

Selecting the grading system you will use is the first step in building your course grade book. Grading systems dictate how the graded items in your course will calculate students’ final grades. Graded can include:

  • Assignments (i.e. homework, papers, projects, etc.)
  • Discussions
  • Quizzes/Exams
  • Participation

Typically two types of systems are used 1) Total Points or 2) Weighted Grades

Canvas allows instructors to setup the gradebook with either points or weights. An example of a course using point system is listed below:

Points Example

Writing assignment #1 500 points
Writing assignment #2 500 points
Quiz #1 200 points
Quiz #2 200 points
Participation 100 points
Total 1500 points

Canvas also allows for a weighted gradebook. This gives faculty the flexibility to weight specific categories. An example of a course using a weighted gradebook is below:


Weighted Example

Quizzes 25% of grade

Quiz #1 100-point scale

Quiz #2 100-point scale
Writing assignments 50% of grade

Writing assignment #1 100-point scale

Writing assignment #2 100-point scale
Participation 25 % of grade

Participation 100-point scale

These are examples of the Canvas gradebook flexibility. It is important that the gradebook is set up correctly to avoid misunderstandings on student progress. If your course grades need to reflect something more complex, contact your Academic Technology Services Director (ATSD) for assistance.


Set up a Point-based Gradebook

Setting up a point-based gradebook is simple in Canvas.  All assessments set up within the Assignment or Quiz area will automatically contribute the calculation of the final grade in the gradebook.  Make sure the points for each quiz or assignment points are correct. Creating groups within the Assignment area does not affect the calculation of the final course grade. The grade percentage calculates according to the total points possible for the course.  


Sync the Gradebook with the Syllabus

The Canvas gradebook should mirror the syllabus in how students will earn their grade. This minimizes student misunderstandings on their progress in a course. All assessments that are listed in the syllabus should be set up in Canvas, even if the assessment is a physical paper submission or a participation grade. This allows for the faculty to quickly enter and distribute grades to students. Gradebook assists faculty to be efficient and allows students to gauge their progress in class.


Types of Graded Assessments in Canvas

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Create an Assignment for Paper Submissions

Create an extra column in the Canvas Gradebook to account for grades such as paper submissions or participation grades by adding an assignment and selecting No Submission. This ensures the Canvas gradebook reflects accurately the student's progress in the course.  Once this is created,  grades can be entered directly into the gradebook area. 


Create an assignment in Canvas. 

In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select No Submission type.


Set Up Group Assignments

Coming Soon. 

Use Lockdown Browser in the Classroom

Respondus Lockdown Browser is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in Canvas.  When students are required to use Lockdown Browser for a quiz, they are unable to print, copy, navigate to another page in Canvas, go to another URL, or access other applications. Although Lockdown browser is used for online quizzes, it can efficiently be used in the classroom to administer quizzes and deter cheating.  Instructors can decide to turn on or off the feature. 

Visit the Lockdown Browser service page for step-by-step direction on how to add Lockdown Browser to a course navigation and how to turn it on by quiz.