We turned on New Gradebook recently in advance of the start of fall semester, and encountered something unexpected with one of our pre-term courses (a high-profile intensive simulation-based course for our incoming MBA students) related to Post Policies.
Currently, all our fall courses have New Gradebook turned on, and a course grade posting policy set to "Manually Post Grades" to provide our faculty with much-desired "default mute" state.
In the past, the teaching team for this course has muted the assignment, entered feedback as assignment comments in SpeedGrader, and then released the comments by unmuting the assignment. The teaching team did not enter grades for the assignment because the grading scheme they used in feedback didn't readily replicate with Canvas's default grading options.
We learned the painful way yesterday that feedback couldn't be released separately from grades with a manual grade posting policy. The gradebook column options show "no grades to post" until grades are actually entered.
Changing the assignment grade posting policy from manual to automatic did not help -- the on-screen information indicates that previously hidden grades won't be shown.
(This issue didn't come up in our New Gradebook testing, in part because of a bug that was recently fixed that made assignment comments visible on the dashboard, even when grades were hidden.)
In the moment, we were able to persuade the teaching team to adjust the assignment settings and set a default grade so that grades could be posted. However, many of our faculty use this same approach -- entering feedback without necessarily entering a grade.
Does anyone know of a reliable way to release assignment comments entered in SpeedGrader all at the same time without first entering a grade for the assignment?
This issue doesn't seem to be addressed in any of the New Gradebook documentation and New Gradebook Resources:
Thanks in advance for whatever suggestions you can offer.
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Sounds like this is something that occurs in SpeedGrader; we need to do a full rewrite on SpeedGrader to solve all the little nuances that currently exist with it. But for now, if you refresh the page, things should be working there with the comments. I know a page refresh isn't ideal, but I know the team wants to get to SpeedGrader sooner than later.
Hi Erin Hallmark,
Thanks! I just tried refreshing the page, and am now able to see the "hidden" tags and the Post grades option. Not ideal, agreed -- but I'm glad to see that it works.
I'm writing up this feature, and would you still mind creating a screencast so I can make sure I'm describing this refresh limitation correctly? You can just message it to me if you'd prefer.