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Patrick Wall
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I have a research paper due near the end of the semester, worth 15%.  Canvas has a dash in the grade column for this assignment, as it should.

However, in the "totals" column, near the far right end of the gradebook, Canvas has what appears to be an estimated grade for this assignment.  I suppose it is doing this in order to calculate an estimated current grade based on the percentages I've entered in the Assignments page.  Is that correct?

I've tried in vain to learn how Canvas estimates the grade for this late-in-the-semester assignment. 

Many of the estimates are 100%, which seems to me a rather optimistic assumption.  One is 25%, a couple 50%, a handful 75%, and the rest are 100% estimations.

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Aaron Garner
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Patrick,

I've never seen estimated grades.  Can you send us a screenshot of the column in question?

Two questions:  Do you have points assigned to the research paper?  What kind of assignment is this?  I'm curious if it involves Turnitin.com

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Hello Patrick,

The percentages at the right side of the Gradebook are related to ASSIGNMENT GROUPS.

Please can you confirm: are you using assignment groups? If you are, I wonder do you have another assignment sitting in that group that the student has already submitted? (By the way: assignment groups very easily become jumbled when creating an assignment or during the import process. Despite my best, very methodical efforts? It happens to me all the time!)

Back to those percentages at right side. Here’s an example (see screenshot):

Assignment Groups in Gradebook SP21 0418

The midterm examination in one of my classes has 6 exam parts plus an HONOR CODE; the honor code is the very first thing in the assignment group. The student shown has submitted the honor code but no other part of the examination. In the screenshot you can see Part 6 of the exam is an essay which has a GRADE POSTING POLICY set to MANUAL. The student has definitely not submitted Part 6 and yet, their grade for the group still shows 100%.

Once the student begins submitting other parts of the exam — and unless they actually earn perfect scores? This percentage will begin to fluctuate. The grade for the essay (Part 6) will not factor into the group percentage until I score and RELEASE the grades for that part.

Could this be what is occurring in your Gradebook? Let us know!

Deanna

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Patrick Wall
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Mystery solved!

Yes, Deanna, I had a small "thesis proposal" assignment in that category that had already been graded.

THANK YOU MUCH for your help!

I still have no clue how Canvas manages to provide students with a current grade without somehow factoring in future weighted assignments, but for now I'm content to leave that up to Canvas statisticians.

 

--Patrick

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Deanna de Azevedo
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Hi Patrick,

Yay... Love when a mystery gets solved! Keep us posted if anything else comes up.

Have a wonderful week,

Deanna

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