Cliff Cunningham

Managing similar "ungraded" options

Discussion created by Cliff Cunningham on May 12, 2017
Latest reply on May 29, 2017 by Linnea Thompson

To all you fine folks in the Canvas Community:


My team and I have been pondering the pros and cons, the dos and don'ts, and the best practices of some closely-related features and settings around ungraded, or zero-point events in Canvas.


These related items are:

1)  You can set an Assignment or a Discussion to be worth zero points.

2)  If your assignment is in any graded form, you can hit a checkbox that reads, "Do not count this assignment towards the final grade."

3)  You can set an Assignment to display the grade as "Not Graded".

4)  You can set a Quiz to be a type of "Ungraded survey".


I would very much appreciate input from all who have used any of these features:

- Which settings do you use?

- Why do you use them?

- How do they differ from each other?

- What are any pitfalls to observe?

- How do the settings interact with each other?


I've begun to collate some detailed points on these items, but would appreciate all input, suggestions or lessons-learned.


(Ultimately, we are hoping to craft a one-page document to provide clarity and guidance to our faculty.)


For items worth zero points:

- Could be used for extra credit.

- Could be used for practice assignments.

- Be careful how these items may interact with the weighting of assignment groups.

- This assignment WILL appear in the gradebook, so long as it is not marked as "Not Graded".


For the checkbox "Do not count this assignment towards the final grade.":

- Could be used to provide feedback for assignments... without impacting the grade

- Is only available for assignments (not for quizzes or discussions).

- These assignments will NOT appear in the gradebook.

- Only appears as an option when the Show Grade As setting is set as anything other than "Not Graded."


For assignments marked as "Not Graded":

- (I searched the Canvas Guides on "not graded" and "assignment not graded"... and I did not get any hits.)

- I tested, and discovered that "Not Graded" assignments will NOT appear in the gradebook.


For quiz type "Ungraded Survey":

- Literally, this could be used for an actual survey of students.

- A checkbox is available, allowing you to set the submissions as anonymous.

- These items will NOT appear in the gradebook.


Outstanding question: Which of these items can be deleted? Will there be any ramifications on the gradebook?




Cliff Cunningham

University of Wisconsin-Madison