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dustinormond
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Why can't I hide grades before posting at least one grade?

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You should be able to hide all grades before posting one grade in the new gradebook. I preferred the way "Mute assignment" used to work. The new hiding is really not that great.

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mzimmerman
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Hi Dustin,

The way that you'd normally do that now is to set the "Grade Posting Policy" for the column as "Manually", so that Canvas will not post or display the grades until you choose to display them.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-17329-41521116618 

Mike

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mzimmerman
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You can set a default posting policy for the whole course (automatic or manual - How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the New Gradebook? ) and you can also set different posting policy for individual assignments (How do I select a grade posting policy for an assignment in the New Gradebook? ).  In both cases, you can set the policy before any grades are entered.

"Hiding" is not the same as setting grades to be manually posted.   According to the document at How do I hide grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?  , "Hiding grades should only be used to temporarily hide grades from student view while grading is in progress. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary."

Mike

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kbink
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Oh my I feel a bit dense!  I didn't notice and then upon noticing didn't click the grade posting policy that shows up at the end of the dropdown list for the assignment! 

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I figured it would just take me to the grade posting policy settings for the gradebook as a whole.  Instead I get a manually post option that is clearly for just the assignment.    Thank you for persisting through my confusion!

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mzimmerman
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Hi Dustin,

The way that you'd normally do that now is to set the "Grade Posting Policy" for the column as "Manually", so that Canvas will not post or display the grades until you choose to display them.

https://community.canvaslms.com/docs/DOC-17329-41521116618 

Mike

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kbink
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The only problem with this new setup is that I'd much prefer to have everything post right away, except for the 3 large papers students turn in.  I should be able to hide the grades before I start entering them for just those assignments. Basically I should be able to override by gradebook setting to automatically post grades at the single assignment level.  I'm not sure if the opposite might also be useful, to be able to override the Manually post grades for an individual assignment before the scores are entered.

Kalli

mzimmerman
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You can set a default posting policy for the whole course (automatic or manual - How do I select a grade posting policy for a course in the New Gradebook? ) and you can also set different posting policy for individual assignments (How do I select a grade posting policy for an assignment in the New Gradebook? ).  In both cases, you can set the policy before any grades are entered.

"Hiding" is not the same as setting grades to be manually posted.   According to the document at How do I hide grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?  , "Hiding grades should only be used to temporarily hide grades from student view while grading is in progress. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary."

Mike

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kbink
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"Hiding" is not the same as setting grades to be manually posted.   According to the document at How do I hide grades for an assignment in the New Gradebook?  , "Hiding grades should only be used to temporarily hide grades from student view while grading is in progress. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary."

I'm not sure I agree with this.  Setting grades to be manually posted is setting all grades to hide by default.  This is the only way to hide the grades before you begin entering them, even if you want to do that for only one assignment.  The only way to hide without setting that posting policy is to enter a grade (not hidden) and then hide the grades for that assignment.  Having a to enter a grade that shows first defeats the whole purpose of wanting to be able to Hide the grades for a specific assignment rather than the whole course.

mzimmerman
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"Setting grades to be manually posted is setting all grades to hide by default"

That's not quite right.  Each assignment/grade column has its own posting policy, so rather than entering one grade and then "hiding", you can simply set the grade posting policy for the assignment to "manual" for that column.

The fact that at least one grade must be entered before you can "hide" grades for a particular column is the main indication that setting the posting policy to "manual" rather than "hiding" is what Instructure intends for you to do if you know in advance that you don't want the grades for a particular assignment to be displayed right away.

kbink
Community Contributor

Oh my I feel a bit dense!  I didn't notice and then upon noticing didn't click the grade posting policy that shows up at the end of the dropdown list for the assignment! 

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I figured it would just take me to the grade posting policy settings for the gradebook as a whole.  Instead I get a manually post option that is clearly for just the assignment.    Thank you for persisting through my confusion!

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mzimmerman
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Glad I could help!  It took us a bot of digging around to figure out how the new posting policy stuff worked, too...

aleverton
Community Participant

Am I the only person who feels like Instructure has over-complicated this process? It used to be so easy and now,  not only do you have confusing terminology, but there are two different procedures for similar results and no one understands the difference.

It's counter-intuitive. It was much simpler prior to this change.