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@Faculty Quick Start: Canvas Basics

New Gradebook released!

canvas logoInstructure replaced the legacy Gradebook before classes began in Winter quarter, 2020!  It's a good idea to get to know the features that have been added and those that have changed.

New Gradebook tutorial

New features

The new Canvas Gradebook includes many features designed to improve the grading experience, especially in classes with large numbers of quizzes and assignments. In the new Gradebook, you can:

Sort and filter assignment columns
  • Sort assignment columns by their order in modules
  • Filter assignments by assignment group, section, module, and/or student group.
  • Set custom colors for specific submission and grading statuses, including: late, missing, resubmitted, dropped (via assignment group rules), and excused
  • Sort the data in any gradebook column by missing or late status
  • Toggle between entering and viewing grades as points or as percentage values
  • View or hide unpublished assignments
Set Late Policies
  • Automatically apply grading rules to late and missing submissions
  • Manually adjust submission status to none, late, missing, or excused
Use "post polices" to control visibility of grades for students
Override Final Grade
  • Override the calculated final grade, this can also be used to add Extra credit at completion of a course.

Changes to Muting function 

If you have used the Muting feature in the past, please be aware that Instructure has removed it, and replaced it with a different feature set.

"The New Gradebook has modified the functionality of muting and unmuting. The main change is that this new functionality allows graders to have more control for posting grades on a granular level, such as by section, by a feature called post policies. Additionally, instead of having to hide all assignments individually, the Gradebook Settings menu allows all assignment grades to be hidden by default.

Please note the following adjustments to the Gradebook interface:

  • The previous functionality of muting a grade has been transitioned from the Mute Assignment option to the Grade Posting Policy option.
  • The previous functionality of unmuting an assignment has been transitioned from the Unmute Assignment option to the Post Grades option."

This document from instructure outlines the various changes as compared with the previous functionality:

Suggestions 
  • Choose a global grading posting policy at the beginning of the quarter
  • You can change this policy for individual assignments via the gradebook columns
  • Don’t confuse Hide in the gradebook for muting all assignments. It only mutes the grades that have been graded, not future ones. Use Manually post via assignment drop down instead .
    From Instructure: ​"The Hide Grades feature only affects previously posted grades for an assignment. Best practice suggests that instructors should use this feature sparingly (i.e. to hide grades posted in error). To hide all grades upon entry until you are ready to post them for student view, please set a manual posting policy for your assignment."
  • “Hide” grades in the speedgrader is the same as in the assignment column: The function HIDE is only to hide the graded assignments but does not hide any future grades for that assignment. If you want to hide all grades return to the assignment column>Grading Posting Policy>Manually post grades

New Gradebook Resources

Here's a link to the source guide for all things New Gradebook:

This document outlines the new feature and option changes as compared with the previous functionality.

 

Final Grade Override

The Final Grade Override allows you to enter a final grade for students that is different from the grade automatically calculated by Canvas in the New Gradebook.  A great example usecase is giving extra credit. Previously this required a specific assignment; now instructors may simply add the desired extra credit  at the end of the quarter. 

You can enter a letter grade or a percentage. A letter grade results in the lower bound of the grading scheme. A percentage is retained as the override score.

Students can view the overridden grade in their Grades page. However, students will not know the score has been overridden.

Notes
  • Final Grade Override is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable the final grade override, learn how to manage course features.
  • When a grader enables the Final Grade Override option, the Override column displays for all graders in the course. Likewise, the Override column will be hidden if disabled by another grader in the course.
  • The override column is included in Gradebook exports. However, overridden grades cannot be changed through a Gradebook import.
  • Final grade override actions are not recorded in the Grading History page, which only records changes for individual assignments.