Hi, folks-

I am trying to do something that is (I think) very simple: just set up a course where students need to get 5000 points total to pass. Some parameters:

- The course, as a whole, is graded Pass/Fail.
- A few assignments are required; they total about 1000 points.
- A large number of assignments are optional - students choose among these to make up the other 4000 points they need.

My sticking points are:

- Making a course pass/fail - the course grading scheme is in percentages, not points.
- Canvas uses the required assignments to determine the total number of points in a course. However, in this case, the required assignments are only 20% of the total passing grade, yet Canvas would show students getting 100% when they finish just the required items. Is there any way to get Canvas to understand that 5000 points = passing?

Thanks!

Emily

Emily, given my understanding of how the Canvas gradebook works, since 5000 points is the lucky number, no, using a percentage based/weighted gradebook you really can't do this. Why? Because the weighting (and value of the other assignments in the assignment group) would ultimately change how the point value for an assignment was actually calculated into the overall grade.

Here's an example of how a weighted grade is calculated:

Step 1: Find the category grade for each Assignment CategoryAssignment Group 1 (

45% <-- category weight)0.857 --> category gradeAssignment Group 2 (

30% <-- category weight)0.81666 --> category gradeAssignment Group 3 (

25% <-- category weight)0.73333 --> category gradeStep 2: Find the Course GradePart 1: Find the Assignment Group Weight = (weight assigned to the category)(category grade)

Part 2: Add the Assignment Group weights together to get the course grade

81.4% is the course gradeComparisonIf you were using a

points based gradebookthe student would have 985 points (based on the example above 300+245+440) out of 1250 points possible (350+300+600), which would be 985/1250 = 0.788 or 78.8%. Yet, using theweighted gradebookthe student is getting an 81.4% in the class, which if you multiplied this by the total points possible (1250) would be 1017.475 points.How to make this work with a Points Based gradebookTo make what you're wanting to do work in a points based gradebook you would need to know the total number of points a student could get in the course. This would be ALL points possible, not just the points needed to pass. Ex: 6000 points possible (if the student was to do EVERY assignment and get 100% or full credit for every assignment). Then you would take the 5000 needed to pass and divide it by 6000 to get .833333. This 83.33% is the magic percent students need to get to pass the course. So, I'd then create the course grading scheme where 83.33 and above = pass, and below 83.33 = fail.

In your gradebook you'd check the box "Treat ungraded as zero" so that way you'd see the student's correct percentage - how close they are to "passing" the class with an 83.33%. For the students it is super important to tell them that to see an accurate grade they will need to UNCHECK the box that says to, "Calculate based only on graded assignments."

Hope all of this helps!!