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New Gradebook

Benefits of New Gradebook

Instructure has developed a New Gradebook for the Canvas learning management system, and announced a timeline for transitioning all clients to the new feature. As of December 20, New Gradebook is the default and the previous gradebook was retired.

New Gradebook offers all the features you’ve come to rely upon, along with many improvements that make it easier to use and help you to work more efficiently. Benefits of New Gradebook include:

  • Many options for arranging and filtering the gradebook; filters persist until you reset them
  • New options for sorting students and viewing student names and data
  • Easier grade entry with clear highlighting of assignment column and student row
  • Late policies to automate grades or deductions for late and missing assignments (course wide)
  • The ability to set course-wide “post policies” for hiding/showing grades, release grades to only specific sections, and more
  • The ability to manually adjust student’s final course grade
  • Grade detail tray brings focus to individual student submission

To see what New Gradebook offers, take five minutes to watch this action-packed video overview. It’s full of great information that will make using New Gradebook a breeze.

How-to resources from Instructure

Start using New Gradebook

New Gradebook becomes the default gradebook as of December 20. For the remainder of autumn quarter 2019, new Gradebook is a course-level option and must be turned on in your course if you want to use it.

To turn on New Gradebook in your course:

  1. In your Canvas course, in the left hand menu, click Settings.
  2. On the course settings page, near the top of the page, click Feature Options.
  3. On the Feature Options tab, click the toggle button to enable New Gradebook.

About grade posting policies

In New Gradebook, the grade posting policies feature replaces muting/unmuting of assignment scores. You can select a default grade posting policy for all course assignments, either manual or automatic (the default). We recommend setting the posting policy to “manually post grades;” this will hide any entered scores from students until you post grades for the assignment. Hiding grades also hides submission comments and grade change notifications.

Please note: You must set the grade posting policy to manual before students submit any work. If not set to manual prior to student submissions, the student grades will be visible. Course grade posting policies are not applied retroactively to previous submissions.

View step-by-step instructions and more details about grade posting policies:

Documentation from Instructure (Canvas vendor):

Last reviewed March 7, 2020