Introducing the New Gradebook

An example of the crosshairs- and highlighting-features in the New Gradebook.
The New Gradebook displays crosshairs and highlighting across rows and columns for improved orientation. Please see the “New Gradebook Features” section in this article for information on other features.

What Is the New Gradebook?

On January 6, 2020, the New Gradebook will be enabled across all Canvas courses on the University of Pennsylvania Canvas instance. Until then, it is available as a feature option in all courses and can be enabled by any instructor on a course-by-course basis. The New Gradebook has been designed to make grading more flexible and intuitive, as well as to elevate the Gradebook user experience.

New Gradebook Features

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.

New Gradebook Resources

Penn’s New Gradebook Resources:

Canvas’s New Gradebook Resources:

How Do Faculty, TAs, & Graders Use the New Gradebook?

  1. A Teacher or TA enables the New Gradebook in their course before January 6, 2020.
  2. For instructions on how to use the new Gradebook, Teachers, TAs, and Graders can consult the New Gradebook Guide.

Questions?

If you have questions, please email canvas@pobox.upenn.edu.