Grades and other feedback provide valuable information to students regarding their learning progress. How can you leverage Canvas tools to provide grades and other feedback effectively and efficiently at the end of the semester?
1. Use Canvas Gradebook and SpeedGrader.
The Canvas Gradebook offers tools that support feedback practices to help students recognize where they stand in the course, as well as highlight areas for improvement. Canvas SpeedGrader allows you to view and grade nearly every student assignment submission in one place using a point scale or a rubric. You can also provide feedback to your students with text, audio or video comments either in the Gradebook or directly on students documents with SpeedGrader’s annotation feature.
Using Canvas SpeedGrader to provide feedback
Using Audio Feedback to Respond to Student Writing
Responding to and Evaluating Student Writing Using Canvas’s SpeedGrader
2. Reach out to students.
The ‘message students who’ feature within the Canvas Gradebook provides an easy way to contact students based on specific criteria. For example, you can remind students who have not yet submitted an assignment to do so, and remind them of your late policy. Consider contacting students who score below a threshold to offer encouragement, tips on how to improve or information about support resources. Consider messaging students who score above a threshold to communicate they have done a great job.
How do I send a message to students from the Gradebook?
3. Consider using rubrics.
Canvas enables you to add a rubric to any assessment to help you communicate your expectations for assignments, graded discussions or quizzes. Canvas rubrics also offer a way to make grading faster and more efficient for you with a systematic way to assign grades, give points based on established criteria and offer comments.
How do I add a rubric to an assignment?
How do I add a rubric to a graded discussion?
How do I add a rubric to a quiz?
How to build and use rubrics effectively with writing assignments
4. Offer flexibility in grading options.
Grading in Canvas offers a variety of ways to customize grading practices and offer students some flexibility in this tumultuous time without compromising your course learning outcomes. Some strategies for flexibility could include dropping the lowest quiz score or offering extra credit opportunities.
Calculating Final Grades and Ways to Allow for Flexibility
How do I apply a Late Submission policy in the Gradebook?
5. Remind students about the special grading option for this semester.
For the spring 2020 semester, the university has introduced a special grading option for students in response to the COVID-19 events. The policy applies to all students enrolled in courses that award A-F grades, with the exception of students within the Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) programs and students in the Law School. At the end of the term, eligible students may choose to convert their letter grade in any course to one of two new grades, SD (Satisfactory-Disruption) and UD (Unsatisfactory-Disruption). Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisors to discuss the options and to help make an informed decision.
Spring 2020 Special Grading Option During Disruption