ELMS-Canvas offers faculty and students options to view the impact a change to one or multiple scores would have on the total score visible to them in their view of the Gradebook. The what-if scenarios are view-only and do not impact the actual course Gradebook.
Instructure released a new Gradebook feature for instructors that ELMS-Canvas admins enabled in University of Maryland course spaces on March 4.
The View Ungraded as 0 allows instructors to opt to view student grades as if all ungraded assignments were worth zero points. This setting is a visual change only and does not affect grades for students. When the View Ungraded as 0 setting is selected, the Gradebook displays a window explaining the details about the setting.
When an instructor enables the setting from the View menu in the Gradebook, only the assignment groups and total column will factor in scores of zero into the overall percentages for each student. Zeros are not inserted into the individual assignment cells in this view.
The term ungraded as zero is added to the Assignment group and Total column headers. Students do not see the what-if difference on their own view of the Gradebook. The option can be disabled by returning to the View menu and unselecting it.
NOTE: The View option is different from the Set a Default Grade (to 0) that is discussed in the Prepare Your ELMS-Canvas Gradebook to Upload Scores to UMEG article.
Students can view their grades based on what-if scores in order to glimpse how grades will be affected by upcoming or resubmitted assignments.
This feature simulates updates to the students’ current and final grades, but may not be available if an instructor restricts students from viewing running total and final grades. This impacts the student view of grades only; it does not actually impact the Gradebook itself.