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This guide shows how to create a grade column for assignments delivered, collected and graded outside of Canvas – for grade display and overall grade calculations only. This method is also typically used for entering class Participation grades.


  1. Click the Assignments course menu link on the left side
  2. Click the + (plus) icon across from the Grade Group you would like to add an assignment to (eg. Quizzes) and set the following:
    1. Leave Type set to Assignment
    2. Enter a Name
    3. Optionally add a Due date (this populates notifications and the calendar automatically)
    4. Enter the number of Points
    5. Click Save & Publish 

Canvas Community Resources

How do I create extra assignment columns for non-submission assignments in the Gradebook?

How do I give extra credit in a course?

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