This article covers some of the updated features of Canvas's new gradebook, which became effective August 2019.
Before You Start
You'll need a Canvas course site that contains graded assignments and has the new gradebook enabled.
The new gradebook gives instructors new capabilities to hide/post (formerly mute/unmute) grades for a course, set a late policy for a course, arrange and filter elements in new ways, and more. This change is now active across all of the Penn Canvas instances (except for the Law School, which doesn't use the Gradebook).
With New Gradebook, you can automatically hide or post (formerly mute or unmute) all feedback and grades.
Previously, the default setting allowed students to see feedback and grades as soon as they were entered; in the new gradebook, students cannot see feedback and grades until they are entered and manually posted.
When you are ready to manually release grades to students, go to Grades, click the Options icon next to the Assignment title, and select Post grades:
You'll then see options for which grades to become visible:
Everyone: shows grades for all students. (NOTE: Students will see only their own grades.) Newly entered grades will be visible immediately to all students. Graded: shows grades that have already been entered. Newly entered grades will be hidden and will need to be posted later. Specific Sections: shows grades to one or more sections in the course.
A gray Visibility icon (the "eye" symbol) appears when hidden grades are ready to be released to students. "MANUAL" indicates that a manual posting policy is currently in place and future grades are hidden from student view or that a manual posting policy was previously used to hide grades in an assignment.
For more, see the Canvas Instructor Guide on how to post grades for an assignment.
Changing the posting policy for a course
If you would prefer that your grades and feedback appear automatically, as they did previously, you can change the posting policy.
To set the posting policy for a course, go to Grades, click the Settings (gear) icon, and select the Grade Posting Policy tab.:
Here, you can choose to Automatically Post Grades or Manually Post Grades. Click Update when finished.
For more, see the Canvas Instructor Guide on how to select a grade posting policy for a course.
Exporting and importing
The ability to export and import the new gradebook is now found under a new "Actions" menu.
To export or import your gradebook, click the Actions menu and select an option:
Setting a late policy
You can now apply automatic grading rules to missing and late submissions.
To set the late policy for a course, go to Grades, click the Settings (gear) icon, and select the Late Policies tab.:
Here, you can set a default grade for missing submissions or apply grading rules for late submissions. Click "Update" when finished.
Arranging, sorting, and filtering
You now have the ability to arrange, sort, and filter your gradebook in new ways. Power users will appreciate the new ways to filter rows and columns, such as by team or group.
With new gradebook, you can now:
- Arrange columns by module or assignment name, or manually sort them.
- Filter assignments so that you only see certain assignment groups or modules, or filter so that you only see students from certain sections or student groups.
- Sort student names by either first or last name, and display students' sections.
- Sort an assignment column by grade or assignment status.