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Color Coding Assignment Groups in Gradebook

Color Coding Assignment Groups in Gradebook

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When a teacher opens the gradebook, being able to quickly identify what assignment group each assignment belongs to would be GREAT!  Right now, we see the averages as you scroll down to that particular category, however, seeing each assignment and how it is weighted would be particularly helpful for teachers transitioning from PowerSchool gradebook to Canvas.

 

Thanks!

Heather Rollings

     

  Comments from Instructure

 

January 2016 update from Christi Wruck

Hey friends!

We pride ourselves on being an accessible application. We can't communicate things with color alone and retain our accessibility certifications. We are working on other ways to help you more easily identify categories and weights that will also be accessible for all users.

14 Comments
klundstrum
Community Coach
Community Coach

Hi  @hrolling ​~ When you are thinking about this feature, where would you like the color to appear? At the top of the column with the assignment title, or would you like the whole column so the scores were included? I think the first option would maintain help with readability. It would be nice if a teacher was able to turn this feature on/off depending on their preferences though.​ Another thought...it could be helpful if this was only viewable to the teacher. Students have many classes, and if each of their teachers create their own color coding scheme, it may be overwhelming to keep track of organization from course to course.

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea will move forward for voting in October.

Heather,  I would encourage you to further develop your idea here.  Kristin poses some great questions and makes some very important points.  I would also add that colors are not the answers to organization for all.  Colors can lead to accessibility issues...

Renee_Carney
Community Team
Community Team

This idea is now open for voting Wed. October 7, 2015 - Wed. January 6, 2015.

For more information on the voting process check out How does the voting process work for feature ideas?

hrolling
Surveyor

I agree, Kristin, the color coding would only need to be seen by the teacher. And I love the idea of being able to turn this feature on and off.

Personally, I would prefer the shading to run all the way down the column of the grade book so that when I'm looking at a students assigment, no matter where it is in the gradebook spreadsheet, I can easily identify the category and how much weight any given grade will count towards the final average.

It would also be nice if the teacher had the option to sort the gradebook based on these colors/assignment groups. Are we being balanced in our assessment approach? Seeing this through a "colorful perspective" would bring attention to a more balanced curriculum.

hrolling
Surveyor

MY response is below, thank you for your feedback Kristin!

asatkins
Community Member

I would LOVE to see this in the student gradebook view too. Right now it's very difficult for a student to tell how their assignment is being weighted, even though it's easy to see the weighting total. It would be awesome if this page -

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Could have a color assigned to each group on the right and then have that color correspond with either the text of the assignment link or the background color or some indication that assignment belongs to that group.

tknapp
Community Member

Being able to differentiate one assignment group from another would be great and I really like the idea of being able to sort based on these groupings as well!

cwruck
Community Member

Hey friends!

We pride ourselves on being an accessible application. We can't communicate things with color alone and retain our accessibility certifications. We are working on other ways to help you more easily identify categories and weights that will also be accessible for all users.

jim_smith
Community Member

Why does this need to be an idea open to voting? Just give the option of making items in the top row of the grade book a different color (for example, if I want all my essay assignments to have a light blue background, all my quizzes a light green background, etc.). Surely, this can't be difficult.  And if someone does not want to use the feature, they don't use the feature!

phippsj1
Community Member

I don't see how being able to color your assignment groups is an accessibility issue when the information is already there. This is just an ease of use item. It's frustrating that most other gradebooks color code assignments so you can easily see what is worth more (or if you accidentally weighted a test as a HW). 

Come on Canvas! Yes I know just like many things canvas cannot do there are "workarounds" but please add this standard feature!

judy_harmon
Learner

This is a feature that is becoming increasingly valuable for faculty to be able to access.  Yet there doesn't seem to be any progress.  Canvas, what's the status of what seems to be a pretty easy fix?  Thanks!

Jul_Cro
Explorer II

In the old gradebook you could differentiate between assignment columns and assignment group columns through a dark grey and a light grey, even that is better than absolutely no difference in color pattern throughout the whole gradebook. Every faculty that I help when they first turn on the gradebook and often after are confused about the groups without the color difference, though, really, I have to admit some were confused in the old gradebook too. 

Steven_S
Navigator II

I agree, and I think that adding a way to distinguish the columns that show the average for each assignment group (and the course total) from the individual assignments should be easier for canvas to achieve in the new gradebook than color coding every assignment type. Since there are now several categories of color for the individual cells, color coding the assignment columns is a more complicated problem, I think.  Color coding the specific columns for assignment average and course total columns is a separate idea here: https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/15432-new-gradebook-total-and-assignment-group-color 

linda_woods
Surveyor II

Our faculty get confused about the assignment group columns in the gradebook. Is it possible to either shade them, color them, or add a pattern so that faculty can see that those columns are different from regular gradebook columns?