All assignments must eventually have a grade. In Canvas, an assignment is graded when it is given a point value. It is a good practice to be consistent throughout your course and assign a point value or percentage to your graded assignments. To enter the percentage, simply record “100” for points. If the assignment is ungraded, no grade column will appear in the Gradebook. By default, Canvas only uses Assignments in the grading calculation IF there is a grade for that assignment.
Students with missed assignments should have a 0; otherwise, their total grade will be higher than it should be. This allows students to have the most accurate representation of their current grades. However, if a student made a zero for an assignment, you’ll need to either record a zero for the student in the Gradebook or use the “Set Default Grade” functionality in the Gradebook and enter zero for the whole assignment.
Tip: Use the “Set Default Grade” option on the gradebook columns after graded an assignment to set Unsubmitted grades to “0”. View the set default grade for an assignment guide.
However, if a student doesn’t have a grade for an assignment (excused absence), then it’s better not to default the grade to zero and put in the grades manually.
- An assignment is only calculated into the grade after it is graded, so you should grade it or input a 0. (if the instructor does not input a 0, then the final grade will not reflect how poorly the student is doing).
- Treat Ungraded as 0s” will NOT affect the grade for the student. It is only a display change for the gradebook.