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JulieBroadbent
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Creating a column in grade book with a running total of points from selected columns

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My campus just switched from Blackboard to Canvas. In Blackboard you could set up a column that would add up points from columns you individually selected to produce a running total that students could use to see how they were performing as they completed assignments. I can't figure out how to do this on Canvas. I can't use the automatically created columns Canvas creates because they look at all the columns and I need it to ignore some columns in grade book. I need to specify which scores are added into the total. Can anyone help?

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Chris_Hofer
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Hi @JulieBroadbent ...

You might be able to accomplish something similar to what you had in Blackboard by using Assignment Groups in your Canvas course.  You would first set up the Assignment Groups on your "Assignments" index page, and then you would put the assignments that you want to be in that running total within the Assignment Group that you had created.  Then, in your "Grades" page, you'd scroll all the way over to the right, and you'd have a new column with the same name as the Assignment Group name that you created.  For example, you might have an Assignment Group called "Quizzes" and another Assignment Group called "Essays".  Assignment Groups can also be weighted (so Quizzes might be 25% of the total grade and Essays might be 75% of the total grade).  Students can then go to their own "Grades" page and view this Assignment Group name that you created.

Do you think this might work for your needs?  Keep us posted...thanks!

 

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SusanNiemeyer
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I concur with @Chris_Hofer. I recommend that you create Assignment Groups. Then "weight" the Assignment Groups. When the students click on Grades, they should scroll down to the bottom of the list. There, they will see both the number of points they have earned for each Assignment Group as well as their percentage for that Group.

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Chris_Hofer
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Hi @JulieBroadbent ...

You might be able to accomplish something similar to what you had in Blackboard by using Assignment Groups in your Canvas course.  You would first set up the Assignment Groups on your "Assignments" index page, and then you would put the assignments that you want to be in that running total within the Assignment Group that you had created.  Then, in your "Grades" page, you'd scroll all the way over to the right, and you'd have a new column with the same name as the Assignment Group name that you created.  For example, you might have an Assignment Group called "Quizzes" and another Assignment Group called "Essays".  Assignment Groups can also be weighted (so Quizzes might be 25% of the total grade and Essays might be 75% of the total grade).  Students can then go to their own "Grades" page and view this Assignment Group name that you created.

Do you think this might work for your needs?  Keep us posted...thanks!

 

SusanNiemeyer
Community Contributor

I concur with @Chris_Hofer. I recommend that you create Assignment Groups. Then "weight" the Assignment Groups. When the students click on Grades, they should scroll down to the bottom of the list. There, they will see both the number of points they have earned for each Assignment Group as well as their percentage for that Group.

JulieBroadbent
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Thank you for your suggestion. I tried this approach but it doesn't add up the total points automatically as I enter points for assignments. Did I set it up incorrectly?

@JulieBroadbent -

I am not sure if it will work the way you want (you want to see the points/max points).  It partially works if the grade book is points based - you aren't using weighted assignment groups.  If you are using weighted assignment groups then you will only see the percentage. 

If you are using a points based grade book, you will still see a percent in the assignment group name column, but if you click on a score there you will see the points out of max points displayed.

As far as I know there is no way to just display total points obtained so far for an assignment group.  I believe this topic has been discussed previously and may have been put into idea conversations as well.

Ron