Note: This post was updated on March 13, 2019, to include information for the New Gradebook.
The Canvas Gradebook features a Notes column in which you can record comments about particular students’ performance. Data in this column are never used by Canvas when calculating grades. (If the Notes column is not currently visible, you can turn it on. In the New Gradebook, select View -> Notes. If you are still using the old Gradebook, select the Settings (gear) menu -> Show Notes Column.
Thanks to a new Canvas update, if you export your course’s Gradebook as a .csv file, the Notes column will be exported as well.
If you wish, you can edit data in the Notes column in your .csv file, just as you can in the columns corresponding to Assignment grades. When you re-import the .csv file into the Canvas Gradebook, Canvas will update the Notes column to match your changes. Remember that you should not change the filename of the .csv file.
Resources and Getting Help
For detailed information, see:
- How do I use the Notes column in the New Gradebook?
- How do I use the Notes column in the Gradebook? (for the old Gradebook)
If you have additional questions, Academic Technology Solutions is happy to help. You can attend one of our walk-in sessions held in the TechBar of the Regenstein Library (see our workshop schedule for upcoming sessions), or contact us to schedule a consultation.