Visually depicting student’s total grade to date in Canvas

A feature in Canvas courses visually represent a student’s total grade and completed grade.

Student's total and completed grade

Total and completed grade for a student

The total grade represents the number of points the student has earned out of the total number of points available in the course. That number is determined by calculating all assignments—including ones not yet submitted or graded as a zero.

This explanation appears if you hover over the total grade. Note: The hover function with the explanations does not work when viewing grades on a mobile device.

Explanation of what total score means in grade view

Explanation of what total score means in the view of grades

The completed grade does not include assignments not yet submitted or graded as a zero. It represents the student’s score only on the assignments they have submitted in the course to date.

This explanation appears if you hover over the completed grade.

Explanation of what completed score means

Explanation of what completed score means 

If the student (at top) did no more assignments for the class, the grade would be an “F” at the end of the semester. If he or she continued to earn the same grades for the remainder of the semester, he or she could expect to earn approximately a “C” in the class.

It is recommended that faculty enter zero for any unsubmitted assignments so that the completed points will be accurately displayed to students. A shortcut way to do that is to use the default grade setting in the Gradebook. To see how to set default grades to zero, visit https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-2797/ in the Canvas Guides.

To turn off the total and completed display of grades:

1. Go to Settings, scroll to More Options

2. Check the box to “Hide totals in student grades summary.”

Hiding the totals turns off the total grade at the bottom of the grades chart and also disables the “what if” feature that students can use to predict their grades.

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