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jeffrey_weimer
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How do you track grades for "hard copy" quizzes?

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I give quizzes as hard copies in class. I want to enter the grades, and immediately I thought I could do so under the Quizzes rubric. I have discovered however that I cannot create an empty quiz and assign points to it as a place holder to enter the grades from my hard copy quizzes. For any quiz in Canvas, I have to create at least one question and assign points to that question. Otherwise, the quiz in Canvas always has zero points. By comparison, I can create an Assignment, give that Assignment absolutely no content, and still define points for the Assignment.

This approach to record grades for "hard copy" quizzes seems rather ... counter intuitive.

Am I missing something or is this the only way to do what I need? Should this be a feature request -- Allow a user to set points to a quiz even without questions for the quiz? Should Canvas rename the Quizzes section "Online Quizzes", since this is really all that it truly supports (as far as grading is concerned)?

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Stef_retired
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 @jeffrey_weimer ​, you're on the right track with your comment about being able to create an assignment. That's exactly how you would enter the points for the on-paper in-class quiz--not by creating a quiz, but by creating a no-submission assignment (you can give it the exact same title of your quiz). This will create a placeholder in your Gradebook that you can then use to enter your students' quiz grades.

The process for creating that column is described here (although based on what you've said, you've probably already read it): How do I create extra assignment columns for non-submission assignments in the Gradebook?

If you feel that renaming the Quizzes tab is necessary to accommodate this workflow, then yes, a Canvas Feature Idea​ would be the way to go.

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Stef_retired
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Community Team

 @jeffrey_weimer ​, you're on the right track with your comment about being able to create an assignment. That's exactly how you would enter the points for the on-paper in-class quiz--not by creating a quiz, but by creating a no-submission assignment (you can give it the exact same title of your quiz). This will create a placeholder in your Gradebook that you can then use to enter your students' quiz grades.

The process for creating that column is described here (although based on what you've said, you've probably already read it): How do I create extra assignment columns for non-submission assignments in the Gradebook?

If you feel that renaming the Quizzes tab is necessary to accommodate this workflow, then yes, a Canvas Feature Idea​ would be the way to go.

Thank you. I will continue as I must with the limitations at hand.

I'll consider a feature request (or two) for the changes I think should be made.

Edit: I reposted my ideas on this in the Higher Education Group as a Discussion. You can find the post here.

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JJW