The Grading scheme in Canvas is very narrow and prescriptive. Its design does not reflect an increasing number of ways to assess progress in many of countries and education systems particularly mastery of learning.
Mastery of a process should always more than just a grade or score and take into account a range of factors from:
- Soft Skills (Design/21stC etc)
- Formative and Summative assessments
- Non-submitted evidence eg discussions, observations, etc
- Professional judgement
The only manual grading system not linked to a score/grade in assessments in the Complete/Incomplete/Excused system.
I am proposing an additional grading system where the teacher creates their own grading terms (that are not linked to points scores). This would appear as a drop down - similar to the Complete/Incomplete model:
The teacher would then choose this grading system to manually assess any submitted or paper based work.
This would have a huge uptake in many vocational based qualifications and also where non-marking rubrics are used to award levels (Pass/Merit/Distinction etc).
This would tie in brilliantly with existing features like non-graded rubrics and other ideas related to no grade gradebooks Allow "Display As" Options for Final Grade and Assignment Groups
It would also promote for more formative assessment and encourage dialogic feedback between student and teacher.