Canvas's New Gradebook

This video will provide a general overview of the New Gradebook in Canvas. 

This video is an extensive walkthrough of the various features available in the New Gradebook.

Canvas Tutorial: New Gradebook

Canvas is rolling out a new gradebook January 18, 2020. This gradebook has several updated features which make it much more user-friendly and conducive for higher-education. They have allowed the gradebook to be enabled for current users who want to begin utilizing it in their courses. Below are instructions detailing how to enable and utilize the various features in the gradebook. 

Enabling the New Gradebook in Current Courses

  • Go to Settings on your course page and select the Feature Options tab at the top right.
  • Turn the New Gradebook selector to On.


Using the New Gradebook

  • Gradebook Dropdown Menu: Choose between the style of gradebook you wish to utilize.
    • Learning Mastery: If you have course outcomes enabled, this will track these across all students.
    • Individual View: Allows you to select individual students and view only their scores for the course.
    • Gradebook: Traditional gradebook with all students and assignments listed.
    • Gradebook History: View a history of any changes made to the grades.

  • View Menu: Adjust the way the gradebook is presented using various filters and sorting options.
    • Arrange By: Sorts the gradebook by Assignment, Due Date, Points, or Module.
    • Filters: Turns on various filters which are available to filter the gradebook and reduce the given data. Filter by assignment groups, modules, and sections (if multiple are enrolled).
    • Statuses: Change the color settings for indicating late/missing assignments.
    • Columns: Option to reveal a Notes column where you can make comments viewable only to the instructor and to show all Unpublished Assignments in addition to the published assignments.

  • Settings (Cog icon on top right): Set your policies for the gradebook.
    • Late Policies: Option to enable feature which will provide automatic grading for missing assignments and/or late submissions.
      • Automatic grading will assign the given percentage to any assignment which is past the due date but hasn’t been submitted yet. This replaces the need to manually input grades. Typical setting: 0%
      • Automatic deduction for late submissions computes and applies a penalty for any late submissions. This will be applied after the instructor inputs the grade in Speedgrader so that the instructor does not need to figure the penalty manually.
    • Grade Posting Policy: Allows the instructor to determine whether the scores are immediately available after posting or if the instructor needs to manually post the grades.
      • Automatically Post Grades: Grades are available immediately for student viewing unless they have been set to hidden.
      • Manually Post Grades: Assignment grades are hidden by default and are not viewable until the instructor releases them.

  • Adjusting Width of Columns: Hover on the line between columns. When double arrow appears, click and drag left or right.


Working with Assignments Columns in the New Gradebook

  • Hover your pointer above the grade column header to reveal the three vertical dots. Click on these dots to open the column settings.
  • Sort By: Lets you sort the column by scores or by those who are missing submissions or late. This allows you to more easily identify those who have not submitted work in the normal timeframe.
  • Message Students Who: Allows you to message those students who have not submitted an assignment or who have scored poorly on the assignment.
    • Select the criteria you wish to use for determining which students will receive the email. Options are: Haven’t submitted, haven’t been graded, scored less than, and scored more than. If the latter options are chosen, you will be given a field to input the score.
    • The list of students who will be sent the message will then be presented, and you can manually delete those you do not want to receive the message.
    • The subject will automatically be filled in for you, but you are able to edit it.
    • Write the message you wish to send and then click Send Message.
  • Curve Grade: Adjusts and distributes grades to provide a curve. Instructors can set the average grade, and Canvas will adjust the scores as a bell curve of 66% around that average.
  • Set Default Grade: Gives all students the same grade value for an assignment. This can either be placed for grades not already entered or it can overwrite the grades.
  • Post Grades: Makes the grades visible to students if it was previously hidden.
  • Hide Grades: Mutes/hides the grades so they aren’t visible to students until posted by the instructor.
  • Enter Grades As: Allows changes of grades between points or percentages.
  • Grade Posting Policy: Lets instructor change whether grades will be automatically or manually posted for this assignment.