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Hiding columns

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Any plans to allow teachers to (temporarily) hide columns in gradebook?

I know it was suggested a while ago as an idea - https://community.canvaslms.com/ideas/3477-hide-grade-columns-for-teacher-gradebook but I cannot see any mention of it on the Phases unless I missed it

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Gideon.Williams@britishschool.nl

Great question.

In the scope of the listed 2 phases, the option to completely close out a column is not planned.  There is however the option to resize and move columns.  

Collapsing a column is a feature that we do we have on our wish list though - and it may make a future phase.

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Gideon.Williams@britishschool.nl

Great question.

In the scope of the listed 2 phases, the option to completely close out a column is not planned.  There is however the option to resize and move columns.  

Collapsing a column is a feature that we do we have on our wish list though - and it may make a future phase.

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Just adding my support for this feature, which I've found multiple requests for going back for a number of years.

Here's one use case we have... We have assignments like "First day attendance" and "Syllabus Quiz" that are only useful at the start of the semester and don't actually count towards grades. I'd love to be able to hide them once the semester is fully underway because they don't matter anymore at that point--they just clutter up my grade book.

And even with regular assignments, 90% of the time they can be hidden once grading is completed--I generally just want to see current and upcoming assignments. I'd love to hide older ones and only make them visible again if I have a specific reason to go back and look at them.

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Same situation here.  During the COVID-19 lockdown, we have introduced weekly quizzes to keep track of student engagement, so some semester-long shells have up to 15 extra columns.  I have also had to add an ungraded column to separate students into their two class groups, and there is a departmental unit review quiz that asks students about their online experiences, the teacher's knowledge and speed of feedback, etc.  None of these are assignments per se, and they clutter the critical area which is obviously the resulting.  Yes, you can reduce the column widths - up to a point - but it still looks messy and I've already had colleagues mistakenly pass students when they have misinterpreted one of these extra columns as a part of the assessment requirements, then missed the fact that the student didn't submit all the assessments themselves!

Over the years, we have migrated from WebCT and Blackboard, both of which had the option to hide columns.  This feature should also be in Canvas ... and sooner rather than later.

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I just wanted to jump in here and say that, especially now with having so many assignments to keep students on task due to COVID making everything online, I have several assignments that are not worth points. They are really just reminders to read. It makes my grade book so large and annoying. If I could hide all of the unnecessary assignments, that would be wonderful. 

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