Assignments Grading

Add Manual Columns to the Gradebook

Last updated on October 21, 2021

Assignments, discussions, quizzes and a few other activities can be set to automatically populate the Canvas gradebook; however, other types of activities, such as live student presentations during synchronous lectures, do not automatically populate.

You may want to manually add these items to the gradebook by creating additional columns. The only way to manually create a column in the Canvas gradebook is to create a “No Submission” assignment.


  1. Go to MSU Denver’s Faculty and Staff Hub.
  2. Click Canvas in the Teaching & Learning section.
  3. Log in to your Canvas Account.
  4. Select the Course you’d like to work in.
  5. Click Modules on the course navigation menu to the left.
  6. Scroll to the Module you’d like to add an assignment to.
  7. Click the + Button next to the name of the Module.
  8. Select Assignment from the drop-down menu.
  9. Click “[New Assignment].”
  10. Type a Title for your assignment in the Assignment Name Box.
  11. Click Add Item.
  12. Click the Name of the assignment you created in the module.
  13. Click Edit.
  14. Type instructions and additional information in the second, larger box.
  15. Select the No Submission option in the Submission Type drop-down menu.
    • Note: To students, No Submission assignments look the same as their other assignments. To avoid confusion, it is best to make a note in the description about the assignment so that students will know whether or not a submission is required, and if so, how they are supposed to submit it.
  16. Adjust Other Settings as desired.
  17. Click the Save & Publish button. A new column with this assignment will be added to the Gradebook.
    • Note: If you want to create a draft of your assignment and publish it later, click the Save button.
  18. Click Grades on the navigation menu on the left side of the page to view the Gradebook and check the manually-created assignment.