Is it possible to use different grading scales or weighted grading for the same class? I would like to use a modified grading scale or weighted grading for my special needs students, but I'm not sure how to accomplish this. I currently use weighted grading with 50% for Test, 30% for quizzes and 20% for Homework. I would like to place less emphasis on test for my special need students, any suggestions?
Can you provide what you do for your regular students? Also, do you actually want to use the percentage based gradebook or do you want to alter the number of points assignments are worth?
To my knowledge, this is not currently possible in Canvas without using work-arounds.
There is a Feature Idea https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/9109-customize-weighted-grading-per-section-or-student?sr=sear... currently open for vote on this topic, and if you're interested you might want to both vote for it and add a comment describing your use case.
The only thing I can think of right now, which is very much a hacky work-around, is to make a special Assignment in the "Test" category, assign it to just this student or students (I'd name it something like "modified grading adjuster"), and give them the same percentage grade on this hack assignment as, say, their homework average to weight homework more heavily (or their quiz average to weight quizzes more heavily, or a combination if you'd like to weight both more heavily, or however else you'd like to adjust things). Essentially, you'd be adding a non-Test score to the Test category to "dilute" the influence of their actual test grades.
You can control how much this changes the weighting by changing how many points this hack assignment is worth. The math can get fiddly to get the exact weighting you want, but it should be possible to override the weights in this fashion. However, it won't auto-update with the homework/quiz/whatever percentage, so you'll have to manually update the grade on the hack assignment as needed. (You could have such a hack assignment after each test to do updates throughout the term if that seemed easiest.)
I am currently using the "weighted assignment groups", but would like to be able to have several different types of "weighted assignment groups". Example: for my special needs students, I would like to have less weight on the test and quizzes assignment group and more for the homework group.
Regular Ed Students
Special Needs Students
Thank you for your suggestion. I'm also considering setting up two different classes, each with its own weighted assignment groups and differentiated assignments. The idea sounds good on paper, but I'm not sure I have enough time to keep up with it. I would have to do this for all three of my canvas classes.
Have you considered using differentiated assignments to accomplish this dichotomous grading need? I have not tested this, and the initial setup would be a tad bit tedious, but that setup would only need to occur once, then the structure could be copied each term.
With differentiated assignments, only those assignments assigned to a section are available to that section, and only those scores are calculated in the gradebook You can learn more about differentiated assignments at https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-9973-4152101242
Again, I have not actually had time to test this, but I also don't see any reason why it would not work. One thing did just occur to me - the total for your weighted assignment groups would be 200%, but I am not sure that would matter, because for wither of the two sections their total would be 100%.
Let me know if this works if you try it.
Unfortunately, you cannot assign the same assignment to different assignment groups for different students or sections. The only thing you can change when differentiating a single assignment is the due date and the available from/to dates (and which students the assignment is assigned to).
To use this method, you'd have to make two copies of every single graded item in the course, one assigned only to the regular ed students in their grade category and another assigned only to the SpEd students in their grade category.