New Gradebook and SpeedGrader Muting Behavior Changes

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The New Gradebook has modified the functionality of muting and unmuting. The main change is that this new functionality allows graders to have more control for posting grades on a granular level, such as by section, by a feature called post policies. Additionally, instead of having to hide all assignments individually, the Gradebook Settings menu allows all assignment grades to be hidden by default.

 

Please note the following adjustments to the Gradebook interface:

  • The previous functionality of muting a grade has been transitioned from the Mute Assignment option to the Grade Posting Policy option.
  • The previous functionality of unmuting an assignment has been transitioned from the Unmute Assignment option to the Post Grades option.

 

This document outlines the various changes as compared with the previous functionality.

 

 

New Gradebook Behavior Comparisons

Previous Mute Functionality

In the previous functionality, assignments were muted by selecting the Mute Assignment menu option [1] and selecting the Mute Assignment button [2]. The Mute icon would display in the assignment column, and grades would be hidden to students [3].

Mute assignment old behavior

 

New Mute Functionality: Manual Grade Posting Policy 

The Mute functionality has been replaced with the manual grade posting policy. The Grade Posting Policy controls how grades will be made available to students in the Gradebook.

 

Assignments that should be hidden before grades are assigned can be set with the Grade Posting Policy menu option [1]. In the policy window, select the Manually Post Grades option [2]. Then click the Save button [3]. An icon indicating the assignment’s visibility will be displayed in the assignment column, and grades will be hidden to students [4]. This icon has replaced the existing Mute icon.

Mute assignment new behavior

 

Previous Unmute Functionality

In the previous functionality, assignments were unmuted by selecting the Unmute Assignment menu option [1] and selecting the Unmute Assignment button [2]. The Mute icon would be removed from the assignment column, and grades would be visible to students [3].

Unmute assignment old behavior

 

New Unmute Functionality: Post Grades

Unmute has been replaced with the Post Grades terminology. 

 

Assignments that have been hidden (or muted) to students are indicated by a Visibility icon, and when grades have been populated in the Gradebook, the icon displays a solid color indicating grades have been entered and need to be made visible to students [1]. Select the Post Grades option [2]. The window displays the number of grades to be posted, along with three available posting options. The default is to post grades to everyone. Select the Post button [3]. 

 

When displaying grades is completed by the Gradebook, the icon will not be removed—the icon is retained but displays as an outlined icon [4], indicating the grades were posted via manual post policy.

 

Unmute assignment new behavior

 

New Gradebook Post Policy Scenarios

Gradebook Default: Automatic Post Policy

The default post policy for the Gradebook is automatic, which means all assignment grades will be visible to students as soon as grades are entered. If this is your preferred method of grading, no adjustments to the Gradebook are required. You can enter grades in the Gradebook at any time and they will be visible to students.

 

How to Verify the Automatic Gradebook Policy

Per previous functionality, all assignments that were immediately visible to students did not include any indicator icons in the assignment column header (compared to when an assignment was muted). The same behavior applies with the new functionality, as the assignment column header does not include an icon to the left of the assignment name. 

 

If needed, you can also verify the automatic policy in the Grade Posting Policy assignment menu option, which displays that the Automatically option is selected; entered grades will be made visible to students immediately.

 

Automatic post policy gif

 

Assignment Muting via Gradebook Settings

For graders who prefer to have all assignments muted at the same time, the Gradebook Settings menu allows the posting policy to be set ahead of time for all assignments. By default, the posting policy is set to Automatic and must be set to the Manually Post Grades option.

 

How to Verify the Policy via Gradebook Settings

Per previous functionality, all assignments that were immediately visible to students did not include any indicator icons in the assignment column header (compared to when an assignment was muted). The same behavior applies with the new functionality, as the assignment column header does not include an icon to the left of the assignment name. 

 

You can also verify the policy for the entire Gradebook in the Gradebook Settings menu. If the policy is set to automatically post grades, no icon displays for any assignment column headers. However, if the policy is set to manually post grades, a Visibility icon displays in all assignment column headers.

 

Note: Changing the post policy via Gradebook Settings is not retroactive and does not affect grades that have already been entered in the Gradebook. If you prefer to make all assignments hidden ahead of time, adjust this setting as part of your course setup before any grades are entered in the Gradebook.

 

Changing the post policy in Gradebook Settings

 

Automatic Post Policy: Hiding Previously Posted Grades

Assignments that are set to an automatic post policy and include existing grades can be hidden later if needed. This functionality is beneficial if a grader has already displayed grades but suddenly decides they should be hidden to students temporarily.

 

How to Hide Previously Posted Grades

Assignments with grades that have already been posted can be hidden by selecting the Hide Grades option in the assignment menu. The sidebar displays the option to hide grades, and the Visibility icon immediately displays in the assignment column header. The Visibility icon will be displayed as a solid color, indicating that the grades are ready to be posted to students at a later time.

 

How to Re-Post Grades

When grades are ready to be re-posted, select the Post Grades option in the assignment menu, then select the Post button. Once grades have been visible to students again, the Visibility icon will be removed. 

 

Note: The icon is only removed for automatic post policy assignments so that graders know the assignment was graded automatically.

 

Hiding and Posting Grades

Hiding and posting grades

 

Posting Grades by Section

Grades that have already been posted can also be hidden by section, if needed. Again, the Visibility icon will be displayed as a solid color, indicating that some grades need to be posted to students at a later time.

 

Post Grades by Section

 

Manual Posting Policy: Hide Individual Assignments

If all assignments are not already hidden via the Gradebook Settings menu, assignments can be hidden on a per-assignment basis by using the Grade Posting Policy assignment menu option and selecting the Manually Post Grades option.

 

Enabling the Grade Posting Policy

 

Show Grades via Posting Grades

To become visible, hidden grades must be posted to students. The Post Grades window includes three options for posting grades: everyone, graded, and/or by specific section.

 

How to Post Grades to Everyone

To maintain the previous functionality of unhiding grades for all students at the same time, select the Post Grades assignment menu option, then select the Post button. 

 

Note: When displaying grades is completed by the Gradebook, the icon will not be removed per previous functionality—the icon is retained but displays as an outlined icon, indicating the grades were posted via manual posting policy.

 

A manual post policy assignment with grades being posted to everyone

 

How to Post Grades via Section

Grades can also be posted granularly by section, if needed. Small dots display next to the grades that will be posted.

 

When posting grades, select the Specific Sections option and select the section from the section list. The dots will be removed next to the grades that have been posted. The grade posting process must be repeated at a later time to post remaining grades.

 

An assignment with a manual grade policy with grades being posted by section

 

How to Post Grades via Graded Only

Grades can also be posted according to which assignments have received grades. Some instructors may prefer to grade in batches, for instance. Small dots display next to the grades that will be posted.  

 

When posting grades, select the Graded option. Only students who have received a grade will be able to view the assignment. The dots will be removed next to the grades that have been posted. The grade posting process must be repeated at a later time to post remaining grades.

 

A manually graded assignment with grades being posted via graded only, or being graded in batches

 

SpeedGrader Functionality

SpeedGrader vs Gradebook Functionality Comparison

SpeedGrader allows graders to hide and post grades the same way as in the New Gradebook.

  • SpeedGrader Default: The post policy set for the assignment being viewed displays in SpeedGrader. Unless otherwise changed in the Gradebook, the default post policy for SpeedGrader is automatic, which means all assignment grades will be visible to students as soon as grades are entered.
  • Grade Posting Policy: The Grade Posting Policy cannot be managed in SpeedGrader. SpeedGrader only displays if all grades for the assignment are hidden or visible.

 

Previous Mute Functionality

In the previous functionality, assignments were muted by selecting the Mute icon [1] and selecting the Mute Assignment button [2]. The Mute icon would display in the toolbar [3], and grades would be hidden to students.

 

Mute assignment old behavior in speedgrader

 

New Mute Functionality: Hide Grades

In SpeedGrader, the Mute icon has been replaced by the Visibility icon, and the behavior mimics the previous functionality in hiding grades to students.

 

In the Visibility menu, select the Hide Grades option [1]. Hiding grades displays the same three options available when hiding grades in the New Gradebook [2]. Select the preferred hidden option and click the Hide option [3].

 

Mute assignment new behavior in SpeedGrader

 

Once a grade has been entered in SpeedGrader, the Hidden label displays in the sidebar.

 

Mute assignment new behavior with entered grade

 

Unmute Previous Functionality

In the previous functionality, assignments were unmuted by selecting the Unmute icon [1] and selecting the Unmute Assignment button [2]. The Mute icon would be removed from the toolbar, and grades would be visible to students [3].

Unmute assignment old behavior

 

New Unmute Functionality: Post Grades

The behavior mimics the previous functionality in making grades visible to students. 

 

Assignments that have been hidden (or muted) to students are indicated by the hidden Visibility icon [1]. Click the icon and select the Post Grades option [2]. As in the Gradebook, the window displays the number of grades to be posted, along with the same three posting options: everyone, graded, and/or specific sections. The default is to post grades to everyone. Select the Post button [3]. 

 

SpeedGrader Visibility Icon Clarification

SpeedGrader may or may not remove the slash through the Visibility icon [4], depending on if remaining grades need to be posted to the Gradebook.

 

Unmute assignment new behavior

 

Since the toolbar in SpeedGrader already contains color, the icon behavior differs slightly from the Gradebook behavior in terms of what submissions need to be posted. SpeedGrader cannot highlight the Visibility icon to indicate when the assignment has grades that still need to be posted to the Gradebook, so it only displays the state of the assignment as being visible or not visible by using the slash in the icon.

 

Icon with a Slash

When the Visibility icon retains the slash, grades need to be posted, or they have been previously posted via the Graded or Section options. 

 

To verify the state of the assignment grades, click the icon:

  • Grades that have yet to be posted can only be posted; the option to hide grades will be grayed out [1]
  • Grades that have previously been posted via the Graded or Section options allow the remaining grades can be posted, or all previously posted grades can be hidden [2]

 

Visibility icon slash

 

Icon with No Slash

When the Visibility icon does not include a slash, the icon indicates there are no additional graded submissions that need to be posted. Grades can be hidden, if necessary.

 

Visibility icon no slash

 

SpeedGrader Post Policy Scenarios

Automatic Post Policy: Posting Grades for Everyone

Assignments with an automatic post policy display grades as soon as grades are entered. The Visibility icon in the toolbar does not display a slash.

 

An automatic post policy assignment with automatic grading

 

Automatic Post Policy: Hiding Previously Posted Grades

Assignments that are set to an automatic post policy and include existing grades can always be hidden. This functionality is beneficial if a grader has already displayed grades but decides they should be hidden to students temporarily.

 

How to Hide Previously Posted Grades

Assignments with grades that have already been posted can be hidden by selecting the Visibility icon in the toolbar menu, then selecting the Post Grades option. 

 

The sidebar displays the option to hide grades, and the Visibility icon in the toolbar displays a slash, indicating grades are hidden. The Hidden label also displays in the sidebar.

 

Assignment with existing grades being hidden in SpeedGrader

 

How to Re-Post Grades

When grades are ready to be re-posted, click the Visibility icon and select the Post Grades option, then select the Post button. Once all grades have been visible to students again, the Visibility icon will no longer include a slash. 

 

Grades that have already been posted can also be hidden by section, if needed. Again, the Visibility icon will display a slash, indicating that some grades need to be posted to students at a later time.

 

Manual post policy assignment and posting grades to everyone

 

Manual Post Policy: Hide Individual Assignments

If all assignments are not already hidden via the Gradebook Settings menu, assignments can be hidden ahead of time on a per-assignment basis by using the Visibility icon menu Hide Grades option and selecting the Manually Post Grades option.

 

Hide grades for assignment before assigning grades

 

 

Once a grade is given, the Hidden label also displays in the sidebar.

 

Hidden assignment given a grade displays the Hidden label in the sidebar

 

Show Grades via Post Grades

To become visible, hidden grades must be posted to students. The Post Grades window includes three options for posting grades as in the Gradebook: everyone, graded, and/or by specific section.

 

Post Grades to make them visible to students via SpeedGrader

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