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Hide grade columns for teacher gradebook

Hide grade columns for teacher gradebook

As a teacher, I would like to be able to hide gradebook columns in my gradebook after I have completed grading or if the assignment has not yet been assigned.  This would shorten the length of the gradebook that I need to currently scroll across to get to the most recent assignments to grade and limit the potential for accidentally clicking on a cell and changing the grade while navigating.  I know that I can resize the columns individually, but I want to be able to hide or collapse the columns and get them back, if necessary.  There is currently a suggestion for hiding grade columns from students open for voting, which is a different type of request.  My same suggestion was recently made by Letty but archived as being the same as the request to hide grade columns from students, which is not the same thing.  Richard has also suggested hiding the grade columns as part of a multiple issue request.
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This idea has moved to the next stage and will be open for voting among the Canvas Community, from Wed. November 4, 2015 - Wed. February 3, 2016.

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Surveyor II

I work with teachers at the elementary and middle school levels, and they would love to be able to hide columns in their grade books.  They use the same course throughout the school year, and as the trimesters go by, they have to scroll by more and more assignments that they do not need to immediately access.  The abundance of assignments becomes a hindrance in reviewing student performance in their classes.

Community Member

I'm in the same position as an EdTech coach. We are in the second year of true adoption of Canvas after a pilot year and some of our emerging "power users" would like some kind of gradebook navigation simplification.

Community Member

I submitted a similar idea back in August ( ) requesting to condense groupings of assignments instead of individual assignments. Unfortunately I didn't get much support, but I'm glad your idea has gained a more traction!

Community Member

This makes sense—you've got my vote! It would make the list less cluttered. I'd love to be able to hide things that have been omitted for this term, or for things which haven't yet been assigned.

Community Member

This feature would be especially useful it if not only persisted across all browsers and devices but if it would improve gradebook performance!  In classes with high enrollments and/or large ## of assignments, our faculty see noticeable lags in viewing the gradebook.

Community Member

Our institution just switched to Canvas last year, and I remember that our previous LMS provided the option to hide gradebook columns that were not being used.  That LMS also provided the ability to hide columns from student view, and I believe that if you hide it from the instructor's gradebook but did not check hide from student view, student would still be able to see it. I would imagine that if it was possible to do it in this LMS that it has to be possible in Canvas.

Community Member

I support the recommendation.  It would simplify out work tremendously!

Adventurer

One problem with this is people will forget they hid the column(s) so I foresee submitted assignments that go ungraded.  And this opens the door for untold volumes of grade appeals.   jbrady2@hccfl.edu​ points out additional scenarios involving the 'hide column from students view'.  I would suggest that hiding columns from students is also undesirable.

chantal.obrien@scottsdalecc.edu​, all - I feel a better solution for instructors would involve a degree of automation that doesn't actually require removing a column from the instructors view.   To the contrary, how about hiding all columns not currently relevant?  What are your thoughts on a filter that when clicked shows only those assignment columns due within 7 days of '=today()', forward or backward?  I see this positioned under the cog and it would not necessarily be persistent, meaning the next time you log in the entire grade sheet is visible.  Thanks in advance for your feedback for this idea.

Community Member

Being new to Canvas, I don't know all of the ins and outs of its workings. But I do know that it is very inconvenient to work with a gradebook that has a lot of columns, and it would be great to hide columns that aren't necessary, until they are needed.