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Grades - Course Navigation

There are many options in the Grades area, this area will review some of them below. To navigate to the Grade Center, click Grades on the Course Navigation Menu.

Screenshot of the grade center with callouts to the collapse and expand button, student names, and the needs grading icon.

  1. Collapsed Course Navigation Menu: While in the Grade Center the Course Navigation Menu collapses. To expand it you will want to click these stacked three lines.
  2. Students: Each student's name is clickable and will bring more information about that student specifically.
  3. Grade Status Icons: Different icons will appear when an assignment has been submitted for grading. You may also see different colors within the Grade Center. The legend for these colors are:
    • late (blue)
    • missing (red)
    • resubmitted (green)
    • dropped (orange)
    • excused (yellow).


If you scroll over the name of one of the assignments, then you will see three dots. Click this icon to open a menu (see below).

Screenshot of the menu that holds SpeedGrader in it.

  1. Menu Icon: This icon makes this menu visible.
  2. SpeedGrader: Click here to navigate to the SpeedGrader

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Grading with the SpeedGrader

The SpeedGrader is the main way that grading occurs within Canvas. SpeedGrader can be accessed multiple ways in Canvas. One of the ways is to click the name of an Assignment then SpeedGrader will show up on the menu to the right of the assignment.

Screenshot of the Speedgrader area with various callouts listed below.

  1. Return to Full Grade Center: Click the gradebook icon to return you to the full Grade Center
    • Eye Icon: Click the eye icon to hide the grades until you click this to post. Some Faculty use this to hide the grades until all the submissions have been graded.
    • Gear Icon: Click the gear icon for additional options and keyboard shortcuts.
  2. Assignment Name: clicking this brings you to the Assignment Page
  3. Student Submission: This area displays the submission of the student. In this example, the student has not submitted yet.
  4. Grading Progress: This area displays the number of the submissions graded out of the total submissions, the current average grade for this assignment, and which submission you are currently grading.
  5. Student Name of Current Submission: This displays which student's submission you are currently grading. It also displays arrows which allow you to navigate to other student submissions. In addition, clicking the student's name allows you to select another student from a dropdown list.
  6. Grade Display: Once a grade has been submitted, it will be displayed in this box.
  7. View Rubric: Click View Rubric to expand the rubric embedded in this assignment. This only appears if there is a rubric embedded in the assignment.
  8. Add a Comment: Type comments in this box to provide additional feedback. 
  9. Add Additional Items: These icons allow you to attach a file, record media, and record audio. Please note: recording a video or audio feedback will not meet ADA compliance requirements, it is recommended to provide a transcript of your feedback if this option is used at all.
  10. Submit: The Submit button allows for the saving of the grade, feedback, and any additional items.


Screenshot of an expanded rubric within speedgrader with call outs to various items listed below.

  1. Download: This button allows you to download the submission.
  2. Inline Grading Tools: This toolbar allows for the markup of the submission within the SpeedGrader.
    • Selection
    • Point Annotation 
    • Highlight Annotation 
    • Freetext Annotation
    • Strikeout Annotation
    • Freedraw Annotation
    • Area Annotation 
  3. Divider: Click the vertical three dots to reposition the center line and resize the left and right windows.
  4. Grade Confirmation: The check to the left of the student's name indicates that this student has already received a grade for this assignment.
  5. Rubric: After clicking View Rubric, the rubric will expand. Click a cell within it to assess the student's grade at that level. In this example, the student has been assessed as Excellent on the first row of the rubric. This is indicated by both the green line under it and the 30 out of 30 points on the far right. This can be overridden by typing in the box where the score appears.


Screenshot of bottom of rubric in the Speedgrader with a call out to the Save button.

  1. Save: After grading has occurred using a Rubric within SpeedGrader, click the Save button.

End of Term Grade Override

The End of Term Grade Override can be used if the Total column isn't calculating correctly or if a different letter grade needs to be provided than what the Total column is calculating. When the Override column is used, that will be the grade that is passed to Banner as the official grade for the course.

The Override column displays on the far right of the Gradebook. To utilize the Override column, locate the student whose grade you want to override, click the cell, enter a percentage or a letter grade, and click Enter/Return key. If you wish to delete an overridden grade, click the cell and click the Delete key. Below are screenshots of the Override column being utilized.

screenshot of the override column with it surrounded by a red box and the number 78 being typed next to a student whose total grade was 74.14%.


Screenshot of the override column but now the override grade of C+ is called out next to the student with the 74.14% C grade.