I have hidden grades by clicking the three dots to the right of the assignment name in the Canvas gradebook. Once I do this, the eye with the line through it appears to the left of the assignment. Still, as I am working, I am immediately getting emails regarding the grades and comments I am leaving. If the grades are hidden, how can the students respond? Also, on the far left under the "total/final" grades, some students have the eye with the line denoting that the grade is hidden, while some do not. am I missing something? Am I supposed to click something else so that the grades aren't posted as I go?
Hidden Grades in Canvas Gradebook
I had to review how this works, and perhaps it has to do with your settings.
If you have set an automatic post policy for an assignment or for your course, manually hiding grades only hides assignment scores already graded. Any scores added to SpeedGrader after manually hiding grades follow the selected post policy and are visible to students.
I'll see if someone else on the team can guide you more on this.
Hi Greg, I did some testing of this, and I was able to confirm Vivie's post and replicate your results.
When I hid the column, it hid all of the existing grades. Then, when I added new grades to the column, the new ones were not hidden.
This may not be ideal for you--you may want to change the default setting of your gradebook from automatically post grades to manually post grades.
To do this, go to the gradebook and click the settings gear in the upper right. Select Manually Post Grades and Apply Settings. This will not hide grades that have already posted, but it will make the default to hide grades from here on. Let me know if that helps!
A couple of years ago, Canvas changed the functionality of MUTE. On top of that, Canvas defaults to transparency for students… which often works against faculty workflow!
Because I have a mixture of AUTOMATICALLY GRADED and MANUALLY EVALUATED assignments, I keep my global setting to AUTOMATIC. (One time I set to GLOBAL = MANUAL and it was a nightmare!)
Here’s my workflow:
1. As soon as a MANUALLY EVALUATED assignment IS PUBLISHED, I go straight to the GRADEBOOK and set the grading policy to manual. If I transfer content over in a non-published state, I use a header at top of module to remind me to set grading policy after import.
2. When I am ready to begin evaluation of an assignment, the first thing I do is go to TEST STUDENT and enter a grade. If the eye goes to MUTE (eye + slash), then I know the assignment is set to MANUAL. If the eye does not change to mute, then I know I forgot to set the grading policy. (Using TEST STUDENT in this way is a nice check and balance.)
3. On those occasions where I am somehow distracted and forget to adhere to my workflow — it happens, especially when the background noise in the house is the 10th episode in a row of NCIS or COLD CASE with volume set to 73% 🤣 — and I evaluate the first assignment, and the eye does not change to mute? I stop. Go to GRADEBOOK, set GRADING POLICY, go back to the assignment, and then, again, double check MUTE before continuing using Test Student.
Granted, Canvas will have notified the one student with grade and comment(s) — if they have their notifications set do that — but the actions above should re-hide the grade, rubric, and comment until grading is done.
4. When I go to POST/UNMUTE scores, I wait until I am done with EVERYONE. If during the evaluation process you post to GRADED, then even though the assignment is set to manual, each student grades will release as soon as their assignment is evaluated.
Hope this helps! Apologies for any typos… I’m on my iPhone ☺️