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Late Policy Missing Assignment Default Value

Late Policy Missing Assignment Default Value


In Canvas, we have noticed a strange default value in the missing assignments section of the late policy in gradebook. By default if a professor uses this feature it will set the value for all missing values to 100% (full marks) but when looking at its function it should default to 0% (no submission = no marks). The reasons why Canvas should change the default value from 100% to 0% are:

  • Due to the nature of this tool, it is often used to assign 0% to all missing assignments. As such having the default be 100% instead of 0% means that each time the professor sets up this feature for a course they will need to change this value.
  • With the default value set to 100% some professors misunderstand what this actually does as why would the default mark for a missing assignment be set to 100%.

For these reasons the default value of missing assignments in the late policy should be changed from 100% to 0%.


Good point! I noticed this also. I just enter a zero if an assignment is not submitted (then change the grade if and when the student submits). But I wonder if the issue is miscommunication. Is the default grade DEDUCTING 100% of the assignment value? or GIVING the missing assignment 100% of the value (as you assume in your suggestion, as seems to be the case in the Canvas gradebook setting, and I agree would not make sense). 

For this reason, I would not use this feature at all. Just continue to manually enter zero for unsubmitted/overdue assignments.


I've tested it and matthew.penner@ubc.cais correct about the function and the default value.  You've offered a good example of how this could confuse teachers, however.  It is safe to use this feature as long as you understand that difference.

Another about using the late penalty that may interest you is: The goal of that idea is to help students understand the status of their grade after a late submission

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Community Team‌, we notice that you've modified this idea. Members who have voted on or are following this idea will receive a notification that the idea has been modified, but will not be able to see what, specifically, was modified in the idea title and/or description. Since this idea has been gathering votes for several months now, would you please add a comment to let voters and followers know what has been changed so they can re-evaluate their votes in the context of that new information?



Hi Stefanie,

I was unaware of the alert it would send out to members who have voted on or are following this idea however the change I made was adding to the tags of the idea. I added the ubc, ubco, and university of british columbia tags.