Canvas Tip of the Week (03 February 2020)

Gradebook Rules

Did you know that you can create rules in your gradebook (e.g., drop lowest score)?

Once you have added Assignments to your Assignment Group, you can create rules for the entire Assignment Group. Assignment Group rules determine how Canvas handles any exceptions you want to create for grade calculations. Assignment Groups can be weighted or unweighted.  One example of a rule that you can create is to drop the students lowest score within an Assignment Group.

To drop one or more lowest grade from an assignment category…

  • Click on the gear that appears to the far right of the Assignment Group and then select EDIT.
  • Enter the number of grades you would like to drop.

To learn more about creating rules for your Assignment Groups in Canvas, you can view the complete instructional guide here.  If you need information about how to create Assignment Groups in the first place, you can view that complete instructional guide here.

All of the Canvas Tips of the Week are archived on the CILT website at

As a reminder, the Canvas team at the Touro College and University Systems level continues to offer webinars on various aspects of Canvas.  NOTE THE TUESDAY WEBINAR FOCUSED ON THE NEW GRADEBOOK!  Webinars that are coming up this week include (all times in Pacific):

February 05, 2020, Wednesday
8:00am – Canvas General Training Sessions (to register, click )
11:00am – Creating Quizzes in Canvas (to register, click )

February 06, 2020, Thursday
11:00am – Managing Quizzes in Canvas (to register, click )
11:00am – Winter is Here! Using Zoom to Stay on Schedule (to register, click )

You can access the complete training schedule at

If you have questions, feel free to contact Michele Jenkins, Jim O’Connor or myself.

As a reminder, you can access TUC and TUN specific resources at the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching website at:

Michael K. Barbour, Ph.D.