Did you know that you have control over when assignment grades are visible to students? You can set policies–for the entire course or for individual assignments–that either:
- Post grades automatically as student submissions are graded
- Post grades manually after you finish grading
- Until they are posted, these assignments will be hidden (this term used to be “muted”). Students cannot see their grades or feedback on hidden assignments.
- Items that have a manual posting policy on them have a gray eye with a line through it, indicating that students cannot see them.
- When an assignment in that item has been graded, the eye turns to orange as a reminder to the instructor to post the grade when ready.
By default, the course-level grade posting policy is for all assignments to post automatically, which is what you’re used to if you’ve taught in D2L and Canvas before. You can still change some assignments to not post automatically by following these directions to set the policy for those individual assignments.
Scenario 1: Keep the course grading post policy at automatic, set a few items to manual
Your course has 20 quizzes that students can take multiple times, 5 discussions, and 2 written assignments.
In this situation, because you have so many auto-graded quizzes, you would want to keep the course-level policy set to the default, which is to automatically post grades–students can’t access feedback or retake quizzes with multiple attempts unless the grade is posted. So, an automatic posting allows students to immediately see their grade and prepare for their next attempt on the quizzes.
However, for those discussions and written assignments, it’s good practice to wait to release feedback until you have finished grading. At any point before grading, change the individual grade posting policy for these assignments to manual. Post the grades when you’re finished grading.
When an assignment has a manual posting policy assigned to it, an eye will appear next to it.
Scenario 2: Change the course grading post policy to manual, set a few items to automatic
Your course has a syllabus quiz, five discussions, and one written assignment.
Most of the assignments in this course would benefit from manual posting–waiting until all the submissions for a particular assignment are graded and then posting the grades. You would change the course-level grade posting policy to manual. All items under grades would now have a gray eye, indicating they have a manual posting policy associated with them.
However, you want students to be able to take multiple attempts on the syllabus quiz, so for that assignment you would change the grade posting policy to automatic.
When assignment grades are hidden, students see an eye icon on the Grades tab. When grades have been posted, the grade and any comments are visible in the Grades tab.
- How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the New Gradebook?
- How do I select a grade posting policy for an assignment in the New Gradebook?
- How do I post grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?
- How do I hide grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?
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