New Gradebook: FAQ

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How far along are you and when will you be done?

As noted in Priority: Gradebook Enhancements, we have completed all initial projects planned for the new Gradebook. The last feature, Post Policies, was part of the Canvas Release Notes (2019-07-13)


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.


When will the New Gradebook be enabled for all institutions?

As announced in our Upcoming Canvas Changes page, New Gradebook will be enabled for all Canvas institutions on 18 January 2020. 


How do I learn about the New Gradebook?

For the complete list of features released in this project, see the Release Notes: Canvas new_gradebook tag.


We also created an entire page of New Gradebook Resources to help you become familiar with the New Gradebook.


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

New Gradebook has parity with the current Gradebook, but some functionality in the current Gradebook has been repurposed:

  • Assignment Details—this feature will be replaced by New Analytics functionality, which provides improved analytics capabilities (seeCanvas Studio Priority: Analytics 2).
  • Hide Student Names—this feature has been resolved in the New Gradebook by the Anonymous Grading and Moderated Grading features already implemented in Canvas. (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 changes the view of how grades are displayed to instructors in the Gradebook and does not directly affect student grades. This feature is currently still available in the Individual View Gradebook but not in the Grid View Gradebook, which will be resolved in a future release. If you still want to view grades as zeroes in the New Gradebook, apply grades as zeros using the global Missing Policy option or use the Default Grade option for individual assignments. (Please note these options are not retroactive and will only apply to new submissions.)


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

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. 


Can I turn off the Final Grade Override feature option once it's enabled?

No. The Final Grade Override feature is meant to integrate with the New Gradebook if it's enabled. If you want to test this feature, only enable the Final Grade Override feature option in the beta environment. Do not enable this feature option in your production environment until you are sure you want to enable it for all instructors.


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.


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.


Are you going to change how we access SpeedGrader from the New Gradebook?

We appreciate your feedback about the New Gradebook! Feedback helps improve our features, and the New Gradebook is no exception. The SpeedGrader link is included in the grade detail tray for each student. However, we'll continue to evaluate how to make SpeedGrader links easier to access throughout all of Canvas.


Are there currently any known issues with the New Gradebook?

The majority of significant issues have been resolved for the New Gradebook. However, smaller behaviors may occasionally surface. Any issues with the New Gradebook should be sent as a support case either to Canvas support or through your institution's support process. You will be notified when more information is available regarding that particular issue.


How do I report an issue as a bug?

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 chapters of the Canvas Instructor Guide and the Canvas Student Guide.


If you feel like you need to report something that doesn't seem right, 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 other 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 in the Ideas space.

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