New Gradebook: FAQ

Document created by Christi Wruck Administrator on Jun 9, 2017Last modified by Erin Hallmark on Mar 13, 2019
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How far along are you and when will you be done?

We've made great progress with the New Gradebook, but feature work is still in development so the project is not yet complete. The Gradebook is generally available to all users via the New Gradebook feature option and can be enabled at any time, both on a course-by-course basis and for the entire account.


The current Gradebook will not be deprecated until all initial features have been completed in the New Gradebook, and we will provide you with plenty of notice about a transition.


What features are already released and what features are in each of the phases?

For the complete list of features in each phase, check out the Gradebook Enhancements Canvas Studio Page or Release Notes: Canvas new_gradebook tag.


What features are in the current Gradebook that are not in the New Gradebook?

All functionality with the current Gradebook is included in the New Gradebook with the following exceptions:

  • Assignment Details—this feature is being addressed as part of Canvas Studio Priority: Analytics 2
  • Hide Student Names—this feature is being addressed as part of Canvas Studio Priority: Anonymous & Moderated Marking (hiding student names is still available in SpeedGrader, which is a separate feature and not affected by this project)
  • Treat Ungraded as 0—this feature will be modified in a future release of the New Gradebook that will include more viewing options for total grades


Can I switch back and forth between the New Gradebook and the Old Gradebook?

As of January 6, 2018, you cannot switch back to the current Gradebook if you enable late policies or even manually adjust the labels in the Grade Detail Tray. Once you have done one of these two things, the feature option in the course will not allow you to return to the old Gradebook. Late policies do not transfer to the old Gradebook. In affected courses, the course-level feature option may take up to 1 hour to display the status change.


Additionally, admins should be aware that if one instructor enables the New Gradebook in a course and does something that won't allow the New Gradebook to be turned off, the feature option for the entire account cannot be turned off as well. This behavior prevents an admin from disrupting activity within the course using the New Gradebook, as New Gradebook features cannot be used in the current Gradebook. 


How do we enable the New Gradebook for our whole institution?

If the New Gradebook feature option is set to allow at the account level, instructors can individually enable the New Gradebook in each of their courses without having to involve a Canvas admin.


However, if the New Gradebook feature option is set to On, the New Gradebook will apply to all courses within an account or subaccount automatically.


How do I find out about Late Policies?

Check out the Late Policies: Instructor FAQ. Late Policies was introduced to the production environment on January 6, 2018.


Will this project fix such and such with Importing or Exporting the Gradebook?

No. It will not. We have a separate project proposed to address all import and export issues with the Gradebook. However, the New Gradebook does support exporting by grading period.


How do I report bugs?

First, ensure what you want to report is a bug, which means the feature is not performing as intended. What you may think is a bug actually may be intended as noted in the New Gradebook GuideOtherwise, please follow these steps:


  1. See if your bug is a known issue specifically related to the preview beta Gradebook.
  2. View the list of reported bugs. The Reported Bugs section is located in the main focus group page— look in the left sidebar under the blue buttons.
  3. If you still can't find a report for a specific behavior: open Canvas, click the Help menu, then click the Report a Problem link. (Depending on your institution's preference, reporting a problem in Canvas may include a different process. Please follow the process established by your institution.)


Where should I put my feedback?

We love feedback. Let us know if you love something, or just have general thoughts on our approach. There's a button on the main page of the focus group that will direct you to the appropriate feedback forum.

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