Some things to think about as you wrap up the semester in Canvas and post final grades.  Reminder, grades for Fall 2021 Semester and Trimester grades – due Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Put in Zeros for Missing Assignments

If students are missing assignments you will need to put in zeros for those missing assignments. The easiest way to do this is to open your Grade Center and look for empty grade cells.

Some instructors may also use the Missing Submission Policy in the gradebook settings.

Resource: How do I enter and edit grades in the Gradebook?

Remove any Extra Categories and/or Columns

  • Review the Assignments tab for any extra categories you didn’t use in your course. A common one is the category of “Imported Assignments” that gets created whenever assignments are imported from another course.
  • Review all the Gradebook columns and make sure there aren’t any extra columns cluttering up your gradebook. These could be from duplicate assignments or assignments that were created but never published.  You can delete these from the Assignments tab.

Final Grades Go in the Faculty Center

You may have used the Canvas grade book for calculations, but final grades need to be submitted to the Chapman Faculty Center via For more instructions on how to submit grades, visit the Training Guides for the Faculty Center.

Concluding your Course

The end date for your course is automatically set according to the term in which your class is active. After the course concludes, students will no longer have access to your course by default.  This means students will not be able to see your course content, submit assignments, view prior quiz questions, see discussions, or see any assignment submissions.

Plan for Any Students Needing to Resolve Incompletes

If you have a course that needs to stay open beyond the end-of-term date to resolve an incomplete grade, please submit a request form.

Backup/Download Course Content

It is a good practice to backup or copy your course materials at the end of the semester by exporting your Canvas course. You may share your exported course with another Canvas user, upload to another institution’s account at a later date, or retain the course as a backup on your local computer. For instructions on how to do this, see How do I export a Canvas course?

Note: Exports are packaged as IMSCC ZIP files, which can only be opened by programs that support Common Cartridge files. You may also change the extension from .imscc to .zip and treat it like any other .zip file.

Closeout your Panopto Folder

Canvas course access is closed out two weeks after grades are submitted at the end of the term. Even though the Canvas course term ends, students can still access the Panopto videos by going through the Panopto website. The term-end dates are not tied to the class Panopto folder. If you want to close the folder access, the course faculty has to change that class folder’s folder settings. Close Panopto folder access

Organize your Dashboard and Courses

The end of term is a good time to organize your Canvas Dashboard. You may unfavorite (“unstar”) any published courses you don’t want on your Dashboard anymore. A concluded site that has not been favorited will appear in the “Past Enrollments” list (Courses>All Courses).

Note: Concluded sites cannot be favorited (“starred”).

Need Assistance?

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