The "set default grade" is a great tool. However, with our current hybrid model (some at school and some at home) we are running into a bit of problem with managing assignments. Some of this may originate with how our sections are integrated with Canvas, but that is not something we as teachers have control over.
Each class has a single section that is linked the SIS. Teachers are not allowed to manage their sections.
If teachers would like to give an assignment to only the online learners or only the in class learners they have to enter the names individually & manually (we have not found a way to copy and paste in a list from a notepad or other document).
A relatively simple work around (if it worked) would be give the assignment to the entire section, assign the default grade as excused, and then remove the "Excused" code from students that are not excused. The problem is "set default grade" does not accept "Excused" or any of the shorthand for excused. This would also be faster and more convenient that editing each daily assignment to add a student to the assigned list if they are absent. A teacher could quickly move through the gradebook, remove the "excused" code and the assignment would then appear for the absent student. (If I have understood correctly, setting and assignment as "excused" actually hides the assignment from the excused student.)
This would be a feature that would simplify life for many teachers.
If someone knows of a better work around, please share 🙂