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Strange Behavior for Grade Post Policy?

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I was recently contacted by a faculty member who could not figure out how to mute assignments in a course; they were using the new grade book, so I went to test and turned on Manual Grade Posting Policy for the course. I noticed the unfilled visibility icon (eye) populate the columns for the assignments in the course correctly, but once I set the first person's grade the eyeball never filled in (turned orange). 

Since I didn't see that the assignment grade was clearly hidden, I decided to act as the student and double check the grade book; I could then see that the assignment grade was listed and visible from the student perspective. Going back into grade book and manually using the 'Hide Grades' functionality allowed me to hide the grade from the student, but only after a grade had been submitted. 

In this case above, students had already begun submitting the assignment, and further testing is pointing at that as the issue. We reverted back to old grade book and were able to alleviate their issues using 'mute grades'. 

I created a copy of the course and added some colleagues to test; before anything was submitted I turned on Manual Grade Posting on an assignment and left another automatic. I'll detail the two assignments below: 

I set the course for 'Manually Post Grades' in 'Grade Posting Policy' as soon as the course copy was complete and then set Assignment 5 to 'Automatically Post Grades'. 

Assignment 3 

I left this assignment set to 'Manually Post Grades' and had my colleague submit something. Once I add a grade to his submission (1/3); the eye turned orange and Canvas reported 'The instructor is working on Grades' when he looked at Grades (Screenshot 2). 

Assignment 5

After the student posted a submission for Assignment 5, I changed the Grade Post Policy for the assignment back to manual and then graded the attempt. The eye never turned orange (screenshot 1) and the student was able to view the grade in their Grades view (Screenshot 2). The only way to hide this grade from the student was to use 'Hide Grades' on the assignment after the score had been posted (and briefly visible). 

Screenshot 1 (Grade Book View):


Screenshot 2 (Student Grades View): 


1. Is anyone else seeing similar functionality? If so, is it intended to work this way? If this is functional it will be important for faculty to know this needs to be done up front. 

2. Is there going to be a way to hide grades in this situation without first risking one student seeing their grade?  (There is some good discussion on this question here: New Gradebook Grade Post Policy Hide Grade Issues/Questions)

Let me know if I am missing something! 

Sorry for the long post! Thanks in advance for your thoughts/ideas!


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Our faculty are seeing  the same type of anomalies.  One professor turned on the "Manual Post" policy.  When she graded her first week's assignments, the grades were revealed to students.  Upon checking, the grade policy for these assignments was set to "Auto Post."   She is a very experienced New Gradebook users and has actually been managing all of our New Gradebook faculty users (in preparation for the wider rollout of New Gradebook in January).   I seriously doubt that she "inadvertently" changed the assignment grade posting policy.  

I am working on an IDEA to simplify the Post/Hide process.  There are just too many issues with the current implementation.  I am hoping, in the meantime, that someone at Instructure will clarify exactly what the rules are around these icons and settings.

Thanks for your response Nancy! Did you all work around the issue by using the hide functionality? Did you have any issues with the assignments after setting them back to manual? 

I'm hoping to get a better understanding of the functionality/limitations as well so we can set our faculty/staff up for success with the rollout. 

Let me know when you've posted an idea; I would be very interested in that! 

After responding to you yesterday, I located the place where all of the action is taking place on Post Policy Updates Feedback. Instructure is working hard on collecting information from the community and rethinking the Post Policies. You should definitely visit this area:

Post Policy Updates Feedback

That's awesome news; I'll give this a read! Thank you!

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So, I am trying to understand how to work this feature: Is there another way to hide grades for everyone until I have finished grading, than to choose hide grades AFTER I have posted the first one? I figured this way out by trial and error in October, and found it counter intuitive and annoying, but was resigning to it, and have used it in three or four courses, and then today it got worse, when one of my students' grades became visible to him in the middle of my grading. Not the others, just the one. Is that supposed to happen? Do I have to click HIDE grades after posting something on every assignment?

The old grade book with the MUTE function worked perfectly, and I miss it. Please explain how this is supposed to work.

 @karin_molander_ ‌, you need to set a manual grade posting policy BEFORE you grade. Hiding only works after you grade. So if you know you don't want students to see their grades, change the column to a manual grade posting before you start grading. 

Clicking Hide only affects the grades that have already been given. So you would need to click Hide after every grade assigned if you did it that way. 

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Thanks Katie, but where do I do that? I can’t find it in settings.

Vänliga hälsningar/Best regards

Karin M Danielsson

Karin Molander Danielsson Ph. D.

Senior Lecturer in English

School of Education, Culture and Communication

Mälardalen University

Box 833

721 23 Västerås

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I have an assignment (a discussion) set to manual grade posting.  It clearly says "manual" at the top.  However, now that I've graded some submissions, I can see that there is no eye indicating that grades are hidden. Also, students are seeing comments.  Why is the manual posting policy for this assignment not working?