Quizzes with an Essay Question Should Not Be Automatically Graded

Idea created by Matthew Masucci on Jun 19, 2015
    • Laurie Benaloh
    • Ian Johnston-adm
    • Beth Young
    • Denise Caparula
    • dhulsey@nmjc.edu
    • kroeninm@onid.oregonstate.edu
    • Jason Harry
    • John Buell
      This idea has been developed and deployed to Canvas  Learn more about voting...
      Idea will be open for vote Wed. July 1, 2015 - Wed. October 7, 2015  Learn more about voting...

    I have assigned a Timed Essay to my students. Once they complete the essay, Canvas is putting a zero into the grade book, bringing the students' grades down. Of course, the students do not understand why this is happening.


    Even if I mute the assignment, the category still records the zero, which affects the grade.


    The only option I've had is to put the assignment in a new 0% category. The quiz is still graded, but at least it doesn't affect the student's grade.


    Of course, this requires me to remember to move it back to the category once I've graded the exam.


    This is entirely unnecessary.


    There should be a feature to turn this off. If a quiz has an essay or short response, no grade should enter the grade book.


    Honestly, the way it's done makes no logical sense.


      Response from Instructure

    Hey All, Please see the Canvas Production Release Notes (2015-07-18)  for details. We've added a Quiz icon in the gradebook until the manually graded items have been graded. I hope this helps meet your needs and please let us know if there something more we can do to make this a better experience for you and your students.