In Canvas, instructors often use the SpeedGrader to enter grades. The grades will appear in the Gradebook when you are done. However, you can manually enter and edit scores in the Gradebook.
- The Gradebook is generally designed for one instructor role to enter grades at a time. Because of how the Gradebook loads and stores data in the browser, multiple users should not grade assignments at the same time since each grader cannot view the most recent information for a submission. For more details on grading limitations, please see the lesson about how to use SpeedGrader.
- When using differentiated assignments, the assignment appears as a column for all students, but grade cells are grayed out for students who are not part of the assignment or an assigned section. Grades cannot be assigned to students who are not part of the assignment or section; those assignments are not factored into overall grades.
- Once a student receives a grade for an assignment, the grade will always apply to the student's current and final score. If you unassign a student or section to a differentiated assignment you have previously graded, the grade will only be removed from grading calculations if you excuse the assignment for the student.
- When Multiple Grading Periods are enabled in a course, you cannot edit grades for any assignment that has at least one student in a closed grading period.
- The Gradebook History page records all grade changes in the Gradebook and can be accessed at any time.
Locate Student Score
Click the assignment cell located in the row of the student whose score you want to enter.
Enter New Score
Scores are entered according to the assignment's Display Grade setting. Scores can be entered as one of five options: points, complete/incomplete, letter grade, percentage, and GPA.
Note: When you reach the end of a column, pressing the Return or Enter key advances to the top of the next column.
Enter Points Grade
To enter a points grade, enter the number of points in the cell and press Return (on a MAC keyboard) or Enter (on a PC keyboard).
Enter Complete or Incomplete Grade
To enter a complete or incomplete grade, double click in the cell until the desired icon appears. Complete grades are represented by a checkmark. Incomplete grades are represented by an X icon.
Enter Letter Grade
To enter a letter grade, enter the letter in the cell and press Return (on a MAC keyboard) or Enter (on a PC keyboard). Canvas automatically calculates the number of points corresponding to the highest value in the range represented by the letter grade.
Enter Percentage Grade
To enter a percentage grade, enter the percent in the cell and press Return (on a MAC keyboard) or Enter (on a PC keyboard).
View Excessive Points Alert
If an excessive amount of points is added to a student's grade, Canvas will generate an alert notifying that the student was awarded an unusually high grade. You can either keep or correct the point value.
Excessive points can occur in the following situations:
- The amount entered is 50% above the total points possible
- An extra digit is entered (e.g. 500 instead of 50)
- An assignment is given negative points
To edit an existing score in the Gradebook, click the assignment cell for the score and enter the new score. Then press Return (on a MAC keyboard) or Enter (on a PC keyboard).