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Automatically Score Missing Assignments

If you have a lot of students in your class, it can be a pain to put in a grade for missing assignments that are past due. A new feature in Canvas will do it for you, automatically!

Enable the New Grade Book

The first thing you need to do to use this feature is to enable the new grade book. Click on the course settings, then go to the Feature Options tab. Next to New Gradebook, click on the button to toggle the option on.
Screenshot of the Canvas course settings with the Feature Options tab selected and with the New Gradebook toggle set to on.

Access Grade Book Settings

Click on the Grades link on the left-hand navigation. Then, click on the gear icon.
Screenshot of a Canvas course gradebook with the settings icon highlighted.

Set Late Policies

A new window opens and provides an option for setting the Late Policies.

  1. Click on the check box next to Automatically apply grade for missing submissions.
  2. Type a zero (0), or the desired number of points for a missing submission, in the Grade percentage for missing submissions box.
  3. Click the Update button.
Screenshot of Canvas gradebook settings showing the Late Policies tab. The checkbox for automatically apply grade for missing submissions is labeled as step 1, grade percentage for missing submissions with a 0 in the field is labeled step 2, and the Update button is labeled step 3.
This feature applies to any currently missing assignments that are:
  • past the due date
  • set-up for online submission