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Hotkey options for gradebook (late, missing, excused)

Hotkey options for gradebook (late, missing, excused)


There are some assignments that I manually enter grades for if it is submitted on paper in class. It would be nice to have a hot key option when entering grades for late, missing and excused work. Currently, I have to stop entering scores, click to get the box open, click on the option, and click on the next box to move on. It would save time and make it more seamless to be able to type an "l" for late, "m" for missing and "e" for exempt.

Community Member

Yes! This would be very helpful, or even a way to default grade missing assignments for those who have not turned in work. 

Community Member

Yes please I need desperately need a hot key for missing.  I've used many other digital gradebooks and they used either "m" or "mi"! It doesn't matter which!  I teach lower level students so I may have 5-10 per class who haven't turned in an assignment.

Community Member

Please add shortcut keys for the missing assignments.  Stopping to click mouse and then click a toggle button makes such a struggle and slows down the entire process.  I also teach lower level and I can have over half the class not turn things in on time and need the reminder of a missing mark to help them make it a priority.  I would take any short cut key.. "m" "mi" "?" "!" Please just add something instead of this outdated system of clicking that is in place right now.

Community Member

have hotkeys been added to Complete/Incomplete? or we have to manually open drop down and select?

Community Member

Agree! Adding a shortcut for missing would be useful too, like the 'ex' for excused.

Community Member

I agree! How do we get this idea in a place to be voted on?

Community Participant

Couldn't agree more! Come on Canvas! This is basic stuff! Get those hotkeys going for missing assignments. 

Community Member

The option to have assignments automatically default to Missing and Zero after the due date does not work for assignments that are done through an external tool (Like Nearpod or TestOut). I teach 8-10 class periods per term with an average of 32 students per class. There is always a handful who don't do the work and it seems like when I use external tools I actually end up with MORE assignments (Sometimes up to 8 per day). It takes a LOT of my very valuable time to go mark all of those as missing. A hot key would be heavenly! 

Community Member

YES!!! Please, please please! It's SUCH a pain to grade and mark all students with precision and accuracy- late, missing, complete/incomplete because each individual student has to be manually entered as such. 

Community Member

Agree! Please set up a way to default as missing for external tools or a quicker shortcut to mark as missing. 

Community Member

This has been talked about in several different places. Is this finally in development.ent? We already have the ability to type ex for excused....but thats it. I don't need just ex....I need I for incomplete, M for Missing, TB for turned in blank, etc. 

Community Member

This would make my life much easier!

Community Member

This would make my life so much easier! Yes, it is too many steps to enter grades. We need hot keys please! I love the suggestions-agree!

Community Member

This would be very helpful on all assignments!

Community Member

Please add shortcuts in the grade book for Missing Assignments by simply putting a “M” instead of clicking on each assignment to then have to click “Missing.” We currently have a shortcut for Excused assignments. Why not for Missing and Late? 

Community Member

EX for excused works! But I have not found a hotkey for the other ones... 

Community Member

Please Canvas!!! Make this a reality!!!!

Community Member

Yes, please. This is a HUGE issue for my district.

Community Member

Another Community Member Request for Gradebook Hotkeys. For an instructor of 5 students, manually using the drop-down options or that annoying sidebar nonsense might be ok but when you have 10 classes of 35+, hotkeys are essential! I worked at the IRS for a while and can 10-key a mile a minute but it takes AGES to mark assignments as late, missing, complete, incomplete, etc. It literally will quadruple my grading time if I have any sort of paper assignments that I am manually adding into the gradebook and I have to manually mark assignments as missing or incomplete. 

PLEASE PLEASE add Hotkeys to the gradebook! I will personally comment on this post thread and any others on this same topic every single day this school year if I have to in order to bring this to Canvas' attention!

Community Member

This would be such a small change that would make a HUGE difference in my day to day work. I'm spending up to an hour each day manual updating missing work that is either imported from other apps or manually entered. 😭

It's hard to believe this isn't already a feature. 😱

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