Last week Canvas held another Webinar. The topic was about the Gradebook in Canvas. For those of you who were unable to join us, take a look at some follow-up information that was sent. You can also see a recording of the Webinar below. Keep in mind though that the file is quite large and might take a few minutes to load. Also, be sure to check back for future Webinars about Canvas!
LearnCanvas LIVE! Gradebook! December 2012
This was a lively and engaging session! Thank you to everyone who registered for and participated in the webinar. Our discussion included many different perspectives on Gradebook – we heard use cases and questions from Canvas users across the country.Thank you for joining in, sharing, and being a part of the Canvas Community.
In this email, find links to resources (including video archive) and responses to a few topics in the chat worth sharing:
Essential Gradebook Tools: Hyperlink to Help Page
Hot topics in the chat
Q: End of semester: “I am using Canvas now and I am wondering if there is anything we need to do to close out the gradebook at the end of the semester.”
A: At the end of the term, instructors should be encouraged to: Make sure all assignments have a graded value. For example, a score of 0 or default grades for all ungraded assignments. Also: You may download .csv gradebook for backup. Read more on our Guide: What should I encourage instructors to do at the beginning and end of each term?
Q: What are Grading Rules? (Assignments)
A: Grading rules are a feature in Assignment Groups. It gives you a way to, for example, easily drop the lowest score from an Assignment Group. An attendee noted that “Grading rules are applied when all assignments in the group have been graded”, so keep that in mind.
Read more on our Guide: How do I add Assignment Groups?
Discussion on Hiding and Filtering students in the Gradebook
- “Once you have hidden student names (main gradebook tool menu; top left corner) you can narrow it to one student by searching for single student using the search field (located at the top right corner of Gradebook).”
Discussion on Grading with 0’s (default grades and marking as zero)
- “The default option in the GB is only calculating graded items, correct? As a best practice should we tell faculty to enter zero for unscored or is it okay to leave items blank?”
- “I use “set default grade” to make unsubmitted assignments a 0. Otherwise, students are graded on what they’ve done and it doesn’t reflect an accurate grade if a student aced the first assignment and skipped the next ten.”
Discussion on“What if” grades (student view)
- “I wonder why the “what if” function was created. It seems to be a tool that serves the students to know what grades to “negotiate” rather than a self help function.” Guide: What are What-If grades?
Attendees rallied around this feature, sharing use cases:
- “I know of one instructor who uses “What if” to help students understand that all hope isn’t lost (yet).”
- “What if” has helped students figure out if they can recover and get the needed grade for a course, or if they should withdraw without penalty.”
- “I see the what if as letting students understand that even “lower” points add up and these smaller “projects” are important overall”
Thank you all for participating! Hope to see you again soon. Look for more LearnCanvas LIVE! events at learncanvas.webex.com We will be posting Spring 2013 events very soon.
HIGHER ED Video archive: In case you missed it (or want to see it again) (large file – be patient)