The Gradebook helps instructors easily view and enter grades for students. Depending on the Grade display type, grades for each assignment can be viewed as points, percentage, complete or incomplete, GPA scale, or letter grade. 


If your course includes multiple graders, please note that once you open the Gradebook, all existing Gradebook data is stored in the browser until the page is refreshed. Grades are not dynamically updated with any changes made by other graders in the Gradebook. 

How does Canvas differ from Blackboard? 

  • Canvas does not support manual columns. All grade columns are generated by creating assignments, quizzes or other graded activities in the course.  
  • Only graded assignments, graded discussions, graded quizzes, and graded surveys that have been display in the Gradebook. Not Graded assignments are not included.  
  • Weighting columns does not occur in the grade book, but rather through the “Assignments” page. If you are interested in weighting your course assignments, explore the assignments area. 
  • Canvas grades are entered according to the assignment’s Display Grade setting. Grades can be entered as one of five options: points, complete/incomplete, letter grade, percentage, and GPA. 
  • Currently the Gradebook Export CSV file data includes all Gradebook data regardless of filtered or sorting options. 

How to use – Canvas instructions


  • Grading and offering written feedback on assignments and SpeedGrader video.

Best Practices and Accessibility 

  • Keyboard shortcuts are available in the Gradebook. 
  • Several Canvas features have been specifically improved for accessibility. Gradebook supports an individual view, where instructors can view assignments and grades for one student at a time. 
  • Students can access annotations and comments with a screen reader, including information about the annotation type, author name, comment, and any reply comments at the end of the document.