Hey folks,

I need some help sorting this out...I'll try to give all the relevant details:

- I teach English and grade using total points (not weighted groups)

- I divide assignments into groups in order to gauge performance in various domains (Research, Close Reading, Grammar, etc.)

- At the end of the semester, I need to create a semester exam worth 10% of the grade, so I change all assignments to one group (Semester 1) worth 90% of the grade, then add a Semester Exam group worth 10%.

- We have multiple grading periods (Fall semester/Spring semester)

Now here's the problem I'm having: my current grading period (Spring) continues to show last semester's assignment categories (Semester 1 and Semester Exam) in the gradebook, in addition to my usual categories. Is there any way to turn off a previous grading periods categories? Or is there a more logical/efficient way to do what I'm trying to do?

Thanks folks,

Matt

Matthew, as Canvas is designed vis-a-vis multiple grading periods, assignment group weightings persist across grading periods, as described in How do I weight the final course grade based on assignment groups?

So the current semester will be tricky, and I am hopeful that someone can figure out a way to help you preserve your grading scheme. I suspect it will involve adjusting the points for each individual assignment within what is now a single assignment group worth 90% of the final grade--and I do not believe you will be able to preserve the group structure you set forth in Semester 1.

For the future, I'm wondering if you could maintain a strictly points-based gradebook while still achieving the result you're after. Specifically, each of the assignments within the groups would need to carry points that total up to how much you want that group to contribute to the final grade, with the total of those groups equal to the point equivalent of 90% of the grade. You'd hold the remaining 10% in reserve for the Semester Exam. With a 1000-point gradebook, that would be fairly easy (all of the assignments contribute a total of 900 points; each of the designated groups--Research, Close Reading, Grammar, and so forth--would have contain assignments whose point totals add up to how much each group should contribute--and the Semester Exam would account for the remaining 100 points). This will require manipulating the points for the Semester Exam so that the points allocated to each question add up to the number of points you'd need to make this work.

Since I'm such a fan of weighted assignment groups, if it were me, I'd use weighted assignment groups right from the start, and I think this would be significantly easier than what I described above. The groups already exist, so you can easily give them the requisite percentages, totaling 90%. Then, create an empty assignment group called Semester Exam, and assign that group the remaining 10%. If you were to use this approach, you wouldn't have to worry about manipulating the points for each question within the exam.

Would either of these methods fit your described use case?