When you are grading assignments turned in on paper or that occur in the classroom, you can enter grades directly into the Canvas gradebook. When you are grading assignments turned in through Canvas, you’ll likely want to grade in SpeedGrader.

Before you grade, there are two things to verify

  1. The assignment must be set up and published to be able to enter grades. See “Setting up your assignments and gradebook” in this book for instructions on setting up assignments. 
  2. The grading policy for the assignment should be set to manually post grades. You can set your entire course grading policy to manually post grades or you can set just specific assignments to post grades manually. See “Setting up your grading policies” in this book for instructions.

Posting and hiding grades

Presuming your grading policy for the assignment has been set to manually post grades, once your grades have been entered, you are ready to post them to your students. See the Canvas Guide “How do I post grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?” or “How do I hide or post assignment grades in SpeedGrader?” for instructions.

If you have already posted grades but want to hide them again, see the Canvas Guide “How do I hide grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?

Icon definitions

The gray visibility icon means that no grades have been entered but when grades are entered they will be hidden from student view. You will not see the option to post grades in the options menu () as there are no grades to post.

The orange visibility icon means that grades have been entered and they are hidden from students. You will see the option to post grades in the options menu ().

If there is no visibility icon in the column header for a given assignment, grades will be posted immediately upon entering and students will receive an immediate grade notification.

Posting Options

When posting grades, you have the option of posting grades for everyone or posting grades only for students who have grades. The red dot shows the number of grades that are currently hidden.

If you post grades to everyone, all future grades will be posted automatically. However, if you choose to post grades only to students with graded submissions and you then go back and grade additional submissions for other students, you have to post those grades separately. Grades will not automatically post for any submissions turned in after you graded the first set. This also applies if you let students revise and resubmit.

If you have graded a submission for a student and not posted that grade, there will be a “hidden” visibility icon () next to the student’s total grade at the far right of the gradebook. If you click on the icon it will say “This grade differs from the student’s view of the grade because some assignment grades are not yet posted.” To post those grades, look for the orange “graded but hidden” visibility icon () in the top row of your gradebook and release grades for that assignment.

Using rubrics and criteria lists

Using rubrics can help streamline your grading while also helping your students better understand what you are looking for in an assignment.

The Rubric tool in Canvas is an easy way to both share rubrics with your students and speed up your grading. Once you create a rubric for the assignment, that rubric will appear in SpeedGrader where you can click on the rating the student earned for each category, adjust points within a points range for that rating, and make comments specifically to that criteria. This is especially helpful if you have TAs/AIs grading for you and you want to make sure they include all criteria in each student’s feedback. See the Canvas Guide “How do I add a rubric to an assignment?” for instructions on creating and attaching a rubric.

If you prefer to use a criteria list where your criteria are listed but there are no defined rating categories, you can do that by selecting the free-form comments checkbox under the rubric. When you use this option, you can save commonly used comments for each criterion to reduce re-typing. See the Canvas Guide “How do I use free-form comments instead of ratings in a rubric in SpeedGrader?” for more information.



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