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cms_hickss
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comparison chart between current and new grade books

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Is there a comparison chart/table of functionalities between the current and new gradebooks? Something that looks like the mockup below:

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We are being asked by our faculty: "can I do X in the new gradebook" and we would like to have an easy reference sheet that says: "yes that is available" or "no, that functionality is not available."

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kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

For anyone that's interested ( @tdelillo ), here's a Functionality Comparison: Current vs. New Canvas Gradebook that I put together for our faculty and for Community use. Feel free to edit or tweak as needed for your school! 🙂

Kona

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erinhmcmillan
Community Team
Community Team

Hi, Susan,

The only limitations with New Gradebook are mentioned here: New Gradebook: FAQ. Otherwise, all existing functionality in the current gradebook is in the new gradebook.  If you find you're getting more questions than are provided in the existing documentation let us know and we can consider an additional resource.

Thanks!

Erin

Hi Erin,

I think part of the problem is, is that the FAQ does not actually list the new features but sends the user to a User Group to hunt through Release Notes; and what our teachers want is a list of the new features.

And, we are wanting the list to entice our teachers to use/try out the new gradebook.

Susan

rake_9
Community Champion

Yes!  I would really like a good list of new features / improved features that I could just turn over to my communications folks for distribution and to my training folks to use in modifying their workshops!

elisabeth_green
Community Participant

Something like this would be really useful for training purposes as well!

I am posting a New Gradebook document I prepared for our piloters of the new gradebook.  It is not perfect, but it may be a useful starting point for those creating documentation.

 @nancy_lachance ‌, thank you! I believe this will be very useful.

Anonymous
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 @nancy_lachance ‌, thank you for sharing this!

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lezonl2
Community Contributor

 @nancy_lachance 

Thank you, this guide is very useful! And, I will now always refer to the three-dot option menu as a "snowman". I never know what to call it in trainings!

I've heard the three-dot button referred to as a kebob, and the three-line button as a hamburger.  These are especially good terms for trainings right before lunch!

lezonl2
Community Contributor

Ha, ha. I think I may start calling the grade details tray icon "the door". If you have a better name for that let me know!

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I was thinking about what to call that menu too. I was already familiar with "hamburger" for the other menu and thought that the tree dots are skinnier than the three lines. I was doing a training a few months ago, these thoughts were running through my mind, and I talked about selecting the... Atkins menu. :smileysilly:

We're about to set New Gradebook to allow, and this document is fantastic. Just wondering (since I'm way behind with my New Gradebook knowledge) if there have been updates or changes since June?

nancy_lachance
Community Contributor

I reviewed the document last time it was mentioned (in November), and it looked up-to-date to me.

Thanks!

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vanzandt
Community Champion

cms_hickss , Thank you for posting this! A chart/table as you have described would be incredibly helpful to our faculty; like the one for quizzes.next (Quizzes.Next Feature Comparison).  It could even include an icon for things that are on the near term roadmap for development.

We asked our CSM for an improved way to help the instructors understand "what's new" or "why should I opt for the new gradebook"; this could be true for any major tool upgrade in Canvas for that matter. The list of feature requests is not helpful (randomly named, poor interface to the list, etc), and the general guides are helpful when using the gradebook, but they don't help you understand what is new.  I recommended that they provide something like the video that Christi Wruck had originally posted right after InstCon17, just updated with what was actually delivered. It gave a quick overview, helped you see some of the features in action, and I think it even had a short outline provided with the link so that you could see at a glance what the changes were. The idea got passed along and it sounded like they were trying to figure out how to produce something like this. No timeline provided though.

cms_hickss
Community Contributor

vanzandt, if you didn't see it,  @nancy_lachance ‌ posted a very useful document that contained a quick reference chart on the last page that compared the two gradebook tools.

kona
Community Coach
Community Coach

For anyone that's interested ( @tdelillo ), here's a Functionality Comparison: Current vs. New Canvas Gradebook that I put together for our faculty and for Community use. Feel free to edit or tweak as needed for your school! 🙂

Kona