How do I create an item in the gradebook that is not associated with an assignment or test?

You cannot simply create a column in gradebook, all gradebook entries begin from assignments, quizzes or graded discussion board posts.  Canvas allows you to create an assignment that does not require them to submit it through Canvas.  

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

Canvas recently introduced a new page design called the New Canvas User Interface (UI). Depending on your Canvas view, your page design may vary from the images shown in this lesson. However, the functionality and location of the components remain the same.

Columns in the Gradebook are only created by adding an assignment in Canvas. If you need to create a column in the Gradebook to use for manual grading, you can create a No Submission or On Paper assignment.

No Submission assignments are when you do not want students to submit an assignment in Canvas. This assignment type can be used to create extra columns in the Gradebook, create an assignment that involves multiple scores, or give extra credit.

On Paper assignments are when you want students to submit an assignment to you but not through Canvas. This assignment type applies to traditional face-to-face courses or hybrid courses when you want the assignment turned in during class, but you still want to create a column in the Canvas Gradebook for grading purposes. When student view the assignment, they see a Submitting: on paper notice.

To create multiple columns at once, you can upload changes to the Gradebook.

Note: The Gradebook only shows published, graded assignments, so Not Graded assignment types will not appear.

Open Assignments


In Course Navigation, click the Assignments link.

Add Assignment


Click the Add Assignment button.

Enter Assignment Details


Enter a name [1] and description [2] for your assignment, as well as any other assignment details [3].

Note: No Submission and On Paper assignments still appear to students on their Assignments page. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so students will know whether or not a submission is required and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.  

Set Submission Type


In the Submission Type drop-down menu, select the No Submission option or On Paper option.

Save and Publish


If you are ready to publish your assignment, click the Save & Publish button [1]. If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button [2].

Note: Assignments do not appear in the Gradebook until they are published.

View Gradebook


In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

View Assignment Column


View your assignment in the Gradebook.

Student View


When students view the assignment, they will not see the Submit Assignment button. They can view the details and point value for the assignment.


Note: On Paper assignments also show Submitting: on paper to help students identify the submission preference.

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