Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Manually pushing a grade from Pressbooks to the Canvas gradebook and setting up auto-sync
Pressbooks is an innovative, open-source tool and is still emerging as an enterprise-level platform with predictable performance. Please take this into account when deciding to use Pressbooks for the creation of course and assignment materials. Learn@UW-Madison continues to track and document known issues with Pressbooks.
This document describes how an instructor can either manually push a grade from Pressbooks to the Canvas gradebook or set up an auto grade sync to the Canvas gradebook every 30 minutes.
From your Pressbook dashboard, click on the chapter of your book that you want to send a grade from.
Make sure the ACAR Chapter Configuration section is properly configured for your course.
Enter the Canvas Course URL.
Set a Beginning Date and Ending Date of the range of submissions you want to process.
Select a Grading Scheme you want to use from the drop-down menu. You can choose from Best Attempt, First Attempt, Last Attempt, or an Average of all attempts.
Enter the H5P ID values
you want to include in the grade report back to Canvas. H5P ID values
can be found in the rich text editor above and must be
After confirming your chapter is configured properly, click the Send Grades to LMS button:
The ACAR Chapter Configuration will update and show what was reported back to the Canvas gradebook. This includes the student's netID, when they started and completed the assignment, and their overall score.
Enabling auto-sync to the Canvas gradebook
If you would like the grades to be sent to Canvas every half-hour, you must first globally enable auto grade sync in the WiscH5PLTI Settings. Please reach out to the DoIT Help Desk and request a consultation with Learn@UW-Madison to get the Canvas API token. Make sure to click Save Changes before navigating away from this page.
Next, in the Pressbooks chapter, ensure the ACAR Chapter Configuration is properly configured for your course andselect the checkbox for Auto-Sync enabled:
Click the Save button on the right hand side of the page to save the Auto-Sync setting.
Grades for every student, regardless of if there have been any changes to their score, are auto-synced every 30 minutes. To check that grades are being properly auto-synced to the Canvas gradebook, you can access the H5P Grade Sync Logs from the left hand navigation bar.
If you are not seeing the students you would expect in Step 7 above, double check to see that you have the Beginning Date and Ending Date set correctly. Make sure the end date is set for the day after the last grade you would expect.
If you have found your auto-grade sync settings did not save, set them again and make sure you click the Save button in Pressbooks. Users will sometimes forget this step.