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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

Working with the Canvas gradebook

canvas logo It's a good idea to get to know the features in the Canvas Gradebook


The Canvas Gradebook includes many features designed to improve the grading experience, especially in classes with large numbers of quizzes and assignments. You can:

Sort and filter assignment columns
  • Sort assignment columns by their order in modules
  • Filter assignments by assignment group, section, module, and/or student group.
  • Set custom colors for specific submission and grading statuses, including: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped (via assignment group rules), and excused
  • Sort the data in any gradebook column by missing or late status
  • Toggle between entering and viewing grades as points or as percentage values
  • View or hide unpublished assignments
Set Late Policies
  • Automatically apply grading rules to late and missing submissions
  • Manually adjust submission status to none, late, missing, or excused
Use "post polices" to control visibility of grades for students


Override Final Grade
  • Override the calculated final grade, this can also be used to add Extra credit at completion of a course.

Final Grade Override

The Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the New Gradebook.  A great example usecase is giving extra credit. Previously this required a specific assignment; now instructors may simply add the desired extra credit  at the end of the quarter. 

You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. A letter grade results in the lower bound of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the override score.

Students can view the overridden grade in their Grades page. However, students will not know the score has been overridden.

  • Final Grade Override is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable the final grade override, learn how to manage course features.
  • When a grader enables the Final Grade Override option, the Override column displays for all graders in the course. Likewise, the Override column will be hidden if disabled by another grader in the course.
  • The override column is included in Gradebook exports. However, overridden grades cannot be changed through a Gradebook import.
  • Final grade override actions are not recorded in the Grading History page, which only records changes for individual assignments.