Change Default Grading Scheme

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Change Default Grading Scheme

So there is a default Grading Scheme which is set by Canvas.  Yet we cannot change that to match our SIS??  This is preposterous thinking!  We'd like to be able to change the default grading scheme so that our users do not have to go into each one of their courses and select the option to use our own grading scheme.

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Learner II

Hi kdecamp@marinette.k12.wi.us

You can most certainly set your own grading schemes in Canvas, including an account level grading scheme that your faculty can choose. We have never done this at our school, so I am uncertain if you can make it your default scheme across your account. Faculty may still need to select this scheme at the course level.

As to whether this is "preposterous thinking" or not, I don't have a clue. It is what it is.

However, I am also going to share your idea with the https://community.canvaslms.com/groups/canvas-developers?sr=search&searchId=a050f48b-ef1c-481d-b14e-...‌ group where there is expertise that might be able to tell you haw you can make your account-level grading scheme a default.

I hope this helps,

Kelley

Community Member

Hi Kelley,

Thanks for responding. I think it absurd that Canvas would not give us the

option to change the default scheme in our portal so that individual

teachers do not have to go into their courses and pick a grading scheme

that I set up. If we were given the option to change Canvas' default

grading scheme in our portal, the work would only be in the initial setup

of the district account (or school). And all teachers would default to

this new grading scheme without actually having to take the extra steps..

Keran DeCamp

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MARINETTE

715.735.1394 | 715.923.0407 | kdecamp@marinette.k12.wi.us

www.marinette.k12.wi.us

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On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 1:49 PM, Kelley L. Meeusen <instructure@jiveon.com>

Learner II

Keran:

I can understand how this might be inconvenient for your school/district, but it is challenging to try to design a very huge application like Canvas so that it works for everybody in every way they need. Canvas was designed to be flexible, and not every school or district mandates a required grading scheme. And also keep in mind that Canvas was originally designed for the higher education market where it is quite rare for a grading scheme to be mandated. The major growth of Canvas in the K-12 market is rather recent.

But, what Canvas has provided is an opportunity for all users to requests changes in Canvas, and they pay attention to those requests. This doesn't mean that everything that is asked for is done, but almost every change that happens in Canvas is based in user request, and that ain't bad!

I hope someone in Canvas Developers has a nice nifty work-round for you.

Kelley

Community Member

Hi Keran,

I'm with you - our grading scheme is a custom one here at my UK HE Institution. It is fairly common practice for custom scales to be used here in Britain. Being able to set the default scale to be a custom one would save a LOT of time and frustration when support and teaching staff miss out on that one key step and don't select the grading scheme.

Any work-arounds out there gratefully received!

Community Member

I totally agree!

Sent from my iPad

Keran DeCamp

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF MARINETTE

(715) 735-1394

Community Member

Until Canvas gives you a one-click option for this, you might consider using the API to achieve this goal. Courses - Canvas LMS REST API Documentation . This is assuming that the grading_standard_id is related to the grading scheme.

Community Member

The way Canvas has designed this seems to be the opposite of trying to make it work for everybody. If they were trying to make it work for everybody, why wouldn't they just make the default editable?

Also, on what planet is a 60 - 60.9 an "F" ???

Grades

Community Member

The understand from our current CSM is that the API documentation in GITHUB is unsupported feature of Canvas. Play at your own risk.

Community Member

We are new to Canvas - deploying Spring 2020.  I see this exchange has been going on for some time.  I have to agree that the inability to change the default seems counterproductive.  The default doesn't match our institution - I now have to ensure all faculty manually select the correct one as opposed to the default being editable for everyone to use.  I'd certainly like to see this changed at the Canvas Developer level.. then its easily usable for all.  Have to agree with @mattguites above. make it so everyone can use they way they wish - change or not change.. that is whats needed #canvasdevelopers‌