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Is it possible to hide the grade book?

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Is it possible to hide the grade book while I am tweaking grade-weight percentages so that I don't freak out my students?

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judith.bradetich@unt.edu 

Go into your beta instance of Canvas and do the tweaking there until you have it the way you want it. Then once you have figured out the proper percentages, come back to the production instance of Canvas and make the changes for real.

Send a message before you make the changes in the production instance telling them what you're going to do and why and how they will be impacted. Then just make the changes and don't try to hide anything.

By the way, I would never give this advice to a faculty at our institution without also mentioning they need to match what the syllabus says the grading scheme is. If you say exams are worth 40% of the grade and all of a sudden they're now worth 80% of the grade, students could have a legitimate reason to grade appeal.

Things may have to change because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot do all of the things that I would have done in class -- or at least I cannot do them in the same way. So changing percentages may be required. I just want the faculty to be aware of the possible repercussions.

Being open and upfront about what is happening and making sure that it always benefits the student is the safest way to avoid potential trouble.

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Judi -

I believe you can go to settings for the course, click on the navigation tab and move grades to the hidden area.  (dont forget to go to the bottom and hit save).  That will remove grades from the viewable area and then you can do whatever you want.  When you are done just make it visible again.

Of course message your students ahead of time telling them what you are about to do - otherwise they will all contact you asking what happened to the grades navigation link.

Ron

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Thanks- unfortunately it only hides the link - they can still see their grades on each assignment... oh well.

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Judi -

then try changing the grade posting policy to manual for the particular assignments you want to work on.  When you change it you may also have to click on hide grades afterwards. Then repost the grades once you are done.

Ron

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judith.bradetich@unt.edu 

Go into your beta instance of Canvas and do the tweaking there until you have it the way you want it. Then once you have figured out the proper percentages, come back to the production instance of Canvas and make the changes for real.

Send a message before you make the changes in the production instance telling them what you're going to do and why and how they will be impacted. Then just make the changes and don't try to hide anything.

By the way, I would never give this advice to a faculty at our institution without also mentioning they need to match what the syllabus says the grading scheme is. If you say exams are worth 40% of the grade and all of a sudden they're now worth 80% of the grade, students could have a legitimate reason to grade appeal.

Things may have to change because of the COVID-19 situation and I cannot do all of the things that I would have done in class -- or at least I cannot do them in the same way. So changing percentages may be required. I just want the faculty to be aware of the possible repercussions.

Being open and upfront about what is happening and making sure that it always benefits the student is the safest way to avoid potential trouble.

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Of course - thanks for the reply. I've never heard of the "beta-instance" of Canvas - was wanting to see how much their scores would drop when the grades for unsubmitted work were counted as 0...I had forgotten that they showed up as 100% unless I made it otherwise, which I had neglected to do...

JRB

Judi Bradetich, M.S., M.M., TBL Trainer-Consultant

Senior Lecturer

Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)

Dept. of Educational Psychology

College of Education

University of North Texas

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