Teaching with Canvas

New Gradebook – Grade Post Policies

The New Gradebook includes a grade posting policy, which sets how grades and comments are released to students.  Instructors are able to control when grades are released to all students. Assignment grades may be manually or automatically posted.

  • Automatically posted grades for an assignment are the equivalent of an unmuted assignment where grades and comments are immediately posted.
  • Manually posted grades allows an instructor to hide all grades and comments until the instructor chooses to post the grades.
  • The concept of muting grades has also been visually updated by replacing the previously known Mute icon with an Eye icon, which represents the assignment’s grade visibility. A transparent eye icon displays for assignments with a manually posted grading policy.

Course Grade Posting Policy

A posting policy for the entire course can be set in the settings, which will be set for all current and future assignments. By default, the policy is for grades to be posted automatically.

Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

After a course policy has been applied, any additional changes must be made to individual assignments. Any assignment can be changed to support an individual policy that varies from the course policy. Policies can be updated in the assignment menu.

Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

Full details are available in the Canvas Release Notes.

Student Experience

Student View of Muted Grading –

When assignment grades are manually posted and hidden to students, students see the Eye icon in the Grades page. When grades have been posted, the grade and any comments are visible in the Grades page.

Canvas Rich Text Editor (Image: Canvas)

For a complete production release update information: Canvas Release Notes.

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