One of the most helpful aspects of Canvas is its ability to assist instructors in setting up and managing an online grade book– and all of this within the context of Canvas’ communication system that, by default, will inform students of their grades once you have entered them. In order to use the gradebook most effectively, you will need to become familiar with both ‘Assignments’ and ‘Grades’ (see the articles ‘Using the Gradebook‘ and ‘Student View of Grades.’)
Canvas allows a variety of student work to be added to a course site as Assignments, including writings and recordings, Discussions, Quizzes, and readings and other preparation work not formally graded. See the links at the bottom of this page for information on setting up Assignments.
Anything added as an Assignment in Canvas can be used in a number of ways:
- It appears on the calendar and Syllabus list, so students can track tasks more conveniently.
- It can easily be linked to any other part of the site where the rich text editor is used.
- Any results are displayed to students in Grades.
- Results can also be brought into the calculations of a grading scheme for the course.