These are the things you should check in your gradebook to make sure everything is set up right. See Navigating the Canvas Gradebook for more information, particularly on where to find certain tabs/menus.
1. The Notes Column
It should be open at the front of the gradebook, right next to the students' names. If it isn't, you can toggle it on in the View menu.
2. Assignment Categories
In the far right of the gradebook, you'll see columns that list percentages underneath. These are your assignment categories. They should:
- Add up to 100%.
- Never have a column worth 0%.
- Align with what your school district wants. Check in with your pod if you think they are off in this respect.
Below are two examples of incorrectly set up categories. They can be fixed in the Assignments tab.
3. Grading Periods
You can tell whether or not you have grading periods by checking the Filters menu. If it's not there, then you don't have grading periods attached to your course. You can also check in with your pod to make sure of whether or not you should have grading periods.
If you do have grading periods, it's important to keep those toggled on. This will help with keeping an eye on your class (See the next point on the checklist).
4. Due dates
As you start to pace out and assign your assignments, make sure to add due dates to them. Otherwise, they will not be counted when grades are pulled for the current grading period. You should check for these occasionally by going to the Undated Assignments option in the Grading Periods dropdown menu.