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Canvas - How do I provide flexibility in scoring student assignments and quizzes?

Weighting assignment groups, excusing assignments and dropping scores are all options available in Canvas that can easily create flexibility for your course grades. This guide also includes "workarounds" when technology errors are made.


1. Pick one of the two as "the" assignment and have students resubmit to that one assignment.

2. Change the two assignments to Do not count assignment towards the final grade and create a new assignment (no submission) to post the grades for the students. Their submissions stay in separate, still accessible areas, but the grades are all in one column.

3a. Assign the individual students to the assignments they submitted to. Then the assignment won't show up twice for them in their grades. For the instructor, the column will be grayed out in the gradebook and unable to put in a point for the assignment they aren't on. 


3b. Instead of assigning to the individual students, excuse students from the second assignment/the one they didn't submit to.

Classic Quizzes

New Quizzes

Assignment Groups/Gradebook

Extra Credit

  • There are multiple options to for adding extra credit options in Canvas, examples include: 
    • New assignment with zero point value
    • Extra point to existing assignment
    • Add fudge points to quiz
    • Extra credit with assignment groups
    • Etc. 

24/7 Canvas Support is available through the help icon in Canvas, by calling the phone support for faculty, staff and students or email us directly at

Keywordsdrop score, weighting, excusing, extra credit, final grade, regrade, fudge   Doc ID101402
OwnerStephanie S.GroupUW-La Crosse
Created2020-04-24 13:23:00Updated2022-10-21 09:53:17
SitesUW-La Crosse
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