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Canvas Gradebook FAQ

What are grade posting policies?

Is there a difference between hiding grades and using grade posting policies?

When would I hide grades?

What is the difference between manually posting grades and hiding grades?

How can I tell which grades are hidden and which are visible to students?

Can I set late policies for a specific assignment?

Are late policies applied retroactively to assignments that have already been submitted?

What is different in the new gradebook?

What are grade posting policies?

Grade posting policies control how and when assignment grades or scores are published and visible to students, and can be set at both the course and assignment level. Grade posting policies replace assignment muting, and are both more flexible and more complex than that feature in the old gradebook. Learn more about post policies.

Is there a difference between hiding grades and using grade posting policies?

Yes. Posting determines the visibility of grades as they are first entered (either automatically posted when entered — and thus immediately visible to students — or manually posted/made visible when the instructor chooses). Hiding grades applies to grades that have already been posted (making a grade that was previously visible no longer visible). Grades cannot be hidden until they have been posted; the only way to prevent new grades from being displayed automatically is to set the posting policy to manual.

When would I hide grades?

You might hide grades when re-grading a quiz, and then re-post the grades once they have been adjusted. You might also mistakenly enter a few grades before setting the grade posting policy to manual for an assignment, resulting in those grades being visible to students. If you don’t want these few students to view the grades yet, you can use the Hide Grades action on the grades entered before changing the post policy. Hiding the grades gives you a chance to change the post policy, and complete grading of the assignment before posting (or re-posting) the grades to students.

What is the difference between manually posting grades and hiding grades?

When you choose a manual grade posting policy, grades are not visible to students until you take action to post them. You might choose to post grades after scoring all assignments, or when grading has been completed for each section. Hiding grades pulls back visibility of grades that had been visible to students.

How can I tell which grades are hidden and which are visible to students?

The icon of an eyeball with a line through it in the top of an assignment column indicates that one or more grades for that assignment are hidden from students. To see which grades are currently hidden, in the cell at the top of the assignment column, click the three vertical dots (hover the cursor to make the dots appear). In the menu, click Post Grades, which opens the Post grades sidebar. (This action will not post grades. To post grades you must also click Post again in the sidebar.) The number of currently hidden grades appears at the top of the sidebar in a red circle, and a red dot appears next to each hidden grade in the assignment column. Note that when you close the sidebar, the red dots disappear.

Can I set late policies for a specific assignment?

No. Late policies are set at the course level, and applied to all assignments. You can change the effect of the late submission policy for a specific student by changing the label in the grade detail tray.

Are late policies applied retroactively to assignments that have already been submitted?

Yes. If assignments have already been submitted past a due date when you enable late policies, student scores for those assignments will be adjusted according to the policy. Be sure to set late policies up at the start of your course, before students submit any work.

What is different in the new gradebook?

Check out this feature comparison