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9.02.6 Grading with Canvas

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The advantage of using an electronic notebook is that you have the chance to give feedback to students after they have completed an assignment. You can use the comment feature (learn more here), or create new or edit existing entries. To learn more about adding and managing data, click here

If you have linked LabArchives to your Canvas course, you have two options for grading:
Grade with Speed Grader in Canvas
Grade with LabArchives

Grade with Speed GraderTM 

Speed Grader allows you to take advantage of the tools within Canvas to grade your students’ LabArchives notebooks. To open Speed Grader, select an assignment from Canvas and click on “Speed Grader” located on the right-hand side.  



Speed Grader will open in a new tab of your browser. If you grade in Speed Grader, grades are recorded in Canvas only. These grades do not transfer into LabArchives.  

Another benefit of grading with Speed Grader is that you can use all the tools Speed Grader provides, such as the rubric feature. You can also, add additional comments in Speed Grader and/or directly on the LabArchives page. 


Note: Speed Grader does not have the option to give group grades like LabArchives. If you would like to give the same grade to a group, we suggest using the option to grade in LabArchives. To learn more about this, see below.  

Anytime you need to access LabArchives Course Manager, select the Course Manager icon 


Grade with LabArchives 

There are two ways you can access students’ notebooks and grade using LabArchives tools. You can open student assignments within Canvas or open the assignments in LabArchives using the Course Manager. 

To grade using LabArchives tools within Canvas, login to Canvas and select an assignment. This will open the LabArchives Assignment Navigator to be used for grading.

Note: If the instructor creates a Canvas assignment with a deadline, and grades the assignment after the assignment’s deadline, the grade gradebook will show that assignment was submitted late.


To grade student’s work directly in LabArchives, login to LabArchives, open the course manager, and select “Open Assignment Navigator” on the top right of the “Students” tab. This will open the LabArchives Assignment Navigator to be used for grading.  


The LabArchives Assignment Navigator 

At the top of the student’s notebook you will see the Assignment navigation tool.  This tool allows you to navigate from student to student within a specific course and section (if applicable) for a specified assignment.  You can also view different assignments within a course for a given student.   


Student names:  This field allows you to navigate student notebooks in your course. You can click on the next or previous buttons (students are listed in alphabetical order) or you can click on the drop-down arrow to see the list of all the students in the course (or in the specified section, if applicable). 

Go to assignment:  This drop-down list allows you to select an assignment for a specific course for a selected student. This will allow you to remain on the same assignment when toggling among students. 

Assignment Status: After selecting an assignment in the “Go to Assignment” filter, you can filter by Assignment Status: Assigned to Student, Submitted to Instructor, and Graded. The “Submitted to Instructor” option will show all students that have submitted the assignment for grading.  Once you grade the assignment the student is no longer on the list.  

Course:  If you have more than one course, you can switch to another course which will change the list of students, sections, and assignments that can be viewed within the Assignment Navigator.   

Section:  This allows you to view students in “All sections”, “No sections”, or in specific sections for your course.  If no sections were created for your course, this field will not display.  
Note: By default, TA’s will see “My Section” when they are assigned to a section of the course. 

When you have navigated to the assignment to be graded, the Assignment Entry will look like this: 


In the Grade field, put in a percent value (note: you cannot enter decimals). For example, if your assignment is worth 20 points, but the student receives 16 points. In the Grade field, input “80” to indicate the student got 80% and then click on the  button. 

Note: The grades will be recorded in LabArchives’ gradebook and in Canvas’ gradebook. 

You can also, click on the button  if you want to send the assignment back to the student for edits. The assignment entry will go back to its assigned status. However, if you have already graded the assignment, click on the pencil edit icon to access the “Re-assign to Student” option. 

Grading an Assignment Submitted by a Group 

When students submit a group assignment, they will indicate their group members on the “I worked in a group with” line. The Group members will also select location for the work using “The work for this assignment is in” line. To navigate to another student, click on the name of the student in the “I worked in a group with” field. 

Note: These fields are self-selected by each student in the group.  

To assign a grade to one student, navigate to one student in the group, put in a percent value (note: you cannot enter decimals) in the Grade field and click on the  button. 

To apply the same grade to the entire group, click on the button. 

If you have previously assigned a grade to other students in the group, you will receive the following message: 


If you want all group members to have the same grade click on the Overwrite button, if not, click Cancel. 

When you select the Assign Grade to Group button or Overwrite button, you will see that grade was successfully assigned to the group.

Note: The grades will be recorded in the LabArchives’ gradebook and in Canvas’ gradebook. 

View Grades 

If you are grading in LabArchives, you can access student grades in Canvas and in the Course Manager. In the Course Manager, it is located under the Grades tab. 

You can export grades to CSV or PDF file.