I imagine that this is possible, I'm just not sure how to do this.
I would like to have a variety of assignments (some including discussion board posts) where students receive points for participation. However, I don't want to require that students complete any one particular assignment. I also don't want the assignment to show up as "missing" should the student choose not to participate. I would like for them to complete at least X number of points over the course of the term.
From the gradebook side of things, I would like for the points within this "participation" assignment group to accumulate but have an absolute maximum recorded value. For example, there may be 200 points worth of opportunities, but a "full participation score" might be 150 points. I don't want students scoring higher than that.
My current work flow involves two different assignment groups - one called "raw points" that doesn't count towards the course grade, and another called "recorded" which I manually update every-so-often. This is where I manually max the participation, and give a relative indication of "how on track" the student is in terms of "participation points".
With that background, here are my questions:
I know that I can do this manually, but I would rather have something that is more automated and integrated within Canvas.