Does the canvas grade book have a function that will allow me to project a student's grade, to see what they need on each assignment to pass the course?
Janean Ganser, this feature exists for students - How do I check my What-If Grades?, but not for faculty. One thing you could do is log into your Institutions test environment and play around with the grades there. Nothing you do in the test site is ever visible to students or changes anything in your "real" course. For more information on how to access the test environment see the following guide - How do I access the Canvas test environment?
You might want to consider adding this as a new The specified item was not found.. For more information on how feature ideas work see the following guides How do I create a new feature idea? and How does the feature idea process work?
Hope this helps!
Janean, Kona's suggestion about using the beta environment to play with grade calculations in the Gradebook is an awesome and innovative use of Canvas resources. While the existing feature idea (Treat zeros as ungraded for both teacher and student views) as currently written does not incorporate extending the "what-if" calculation ability to teachers, the accompanying commentary from Christi at Canvas makes it clear that the request is slated to be reformulated in some way, so you might consider adding your feedback to the discussion surrounding that feature idea.
I export the gradebook and play around with the grades in it.
That's not for the faint of heart, especially when category weights are used. There is not enough information in the downloaded gradebook to be able to calculate the grades (like the category an assignment belongs to or the weights for each group). So you have to manually enter those that every time you redownload the gradebook. I've even gone as far as saving a template, then copy/paste the grades portion from the new gradebook into the template with the formulas to save the effort.
I think the attempt was to empower students to be able to figure out their own grades, but as an instructor, I like to be to walk in the class that last day knowing if they have any chance of passing or if they should drop (yeah, don't get me started on our school's liberal drop policy).
I think Kona suggested making that a feature request. I know there's been several times I would have found "What If for Teachers" helpful.
You can also masquerade as the student (if your role has that permission enabled) and go to their grade report page and fill in the ungraded slots using the what-if feature. This is what I do.
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