Introducing the New Gradebook

As of January 6, 2020, the New Gradebook is enabled across all Canvas courses on the University of Pennsylvania Canvas instance. The New Gradebook has been designed to make grading more flexible and intuitive, as well as to elevate the Gradebook user experience.

The New Gradebook has the following features:

  • There are new menus for more settings and sorting options.
  • There are course-wide and assignment-specific grade posting policies (replacing the legacy mute/unmute feature).
  • There are more filtering options, including by assignment group, module, section, and group.
  • The keyboard accessibility on grade entry is improved.
  • It has drag-and-drop total columns.
  • There are crosshairs and highlighting for orientation.
  • Teachers have control over status color with a built-in color key.
  • There are late and missing flags with automatic deduction policies.

What If I Haven’t Finished Fall Grading Yet?

If you haven’t yet completed grading for fall 2019 courses, here are a few things to watch out for:

  • Check the grade posting policy of any assignments you are still grading: If you don’t want grades to be immediately visible to students, set the grade posting polity to “Manual.” You may also want to “Hide” any previously entered grades.
  • The legacy mute feature has been replaced: If you previously muted any assignments, look for the word “Manual” at the top of the gradebook column. If you do not see it, check the grade posting policy for the assignment and set it to “Manual” before entering any additional grades for feedback.
  • Post grades when you are ready to release grades and feedback to students: If an assignment is set to a Manual grade posting policy, you will need to Post Grades to make grades and feedback visible to students.

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Last Updated: 20 Oct 2021

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