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How to set up your course Grading Scheme

It is important that you enable and accurately implement a Grading Scheme in your Canvas course that matches the information you provide in your course syllabus. This is crucial because if your Canvas course grading scheme is not accurate, then your students will see a different final grade calculation in Canvas than the grade that they will see in myFSU after final grades have been submitted. In addition to this, if you intend to use the FSU Final Grade Upload Tool to transfer final grades from Canvas to the Faculty Center for final grade submission, then an incorrect grading scheme will mean that your final grades will be inaccurate.

If for any reason you suspect that your total column in Canvas will not match the final grade you submit in the Faculty Center, then we recommend that you hide the total column from your students' view and communicate to your students that they will not be seeing their final grade posted in Canvas.

Some reasons that there could be a discrepancy between Canvas final grades and Faculty Center final grades include:

These are the only appropriate reasons for a discrepancy between Canvas total column values and the final grade submitted in the Faculty Center. Please contact ODL Technical Support for assistance resolving any Canvas Gradebook concerns and errors - we are here to help!

How to set up your course Grading Scheme

  1. Click into your course site.
  2. Select Settings on your course navigation menu on the left.
  3. Make sure that you are on the Course Details tab at the top of the page. Scroll down to the "Grading Scheme" option and click the View grading scheme link that appears just below the "Enable course grading scheme" check box.
  4. A pop-up window will appear showing the default FSU grading scheme values. The actions you take now depend on whether these grading scheme values match your course syllabus.
    If these values ARE accurate for your course: Skip to step #12.
    If these values ARE NOT accurate for your course: Continue to step 5.
  5. Select Manage Grading Schemes.
  6. Press the + Add Grading Scheme button in the upper right to create your own custom grading scheme.
  7. Name your grading scheme (yellow in image below) and configure the percentage ranges so that they match what you have in your syllabus. If you need to add additional rows, click the + icon on the left where you wish to place the new row (blue in image below). If you wish to remove rows, click the x icon on the right for the specific row you want to remove (blue in image below). If you would like to round up (e.g., 92.5 becomes an A), you can use decimals in your grading scheme. When you are finished configuring your grading scheme, press the Save button (red in image below).
  8. Navigate back to your course settings. Click Settings on the course navigation menu, and then scroll down to the "grading scheme" area.
  9. Select View grading scheme.
  10. In the pop-up window that appears, click Select Another Scheme.
  11. Locate the grading scheme you just created in the navigation pane on the left. Click on your grading scheme, and then select the Use this grading standard buttonin the pane on the right.
  12. Press the Done button in the lower right corner of the pop-up window. This will close the pop-up window.
  13. Scroll down to the bottom of your course settings page and press the garnet Update Course Details button.


DO NOT uncheck the "Enable course grading scheme" checkbox and then click the "Update Course Details" button at the bottom of the course settings page. If you do this, the grading scheme will default back to the standard FSU grading scheme. You will have to re-apply your customized grading scheme (steps 9-13 above).

If you choose to use Canvas's course copy option to copy your course content for next semester, your customized grading scheme will be brought over to your new course site (and applied as the default scheme) so you should not have to complete these steps again.

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