I have 52 assignments in the grade book and I want to hide all of these assignments and make one "TOTAL" column. How do i do that? Muting the assignment is not an option.
With the old gradebook system, it is difficult to impossible to do what you're wanting, depending on what permissions you have.
That said, unless there are extenuating circumstances, that's probably not a good idea for the students who will want to see their grades for each assignment. It's also better for transparency, so the student can see exactly where they lost the points, rather than just the total.
My personal experience with this came with my calculus homework this last semester trying to mix WebAssign and Canvas. The "official" gradebook, according to the syllabus, was in WebAssign as this was the first semester I had used both systems in a single class. The only thing I'm using WebAssign for is homework and all of the other things were easier to do with Canvas. I wanted them to have a grade in Canvas so they could play What-If, which WebAssign lacks, and so that they could turn in their assignments through Canvas. I originally tried having just one number for each chapter in Canvas but then found that they could only approximate the What-If grades because I had WebAssign set to drop the three lowest homework grades. In Canvas, I just had 5 grades (chapter 1 - chapter 5 homework) so I couldn't drop any of them or it would drop an entire chapter's worth.
After 3 chapters of this, I had a talk with the students and they decided that they would prefer to use the Canvas gradebook, even if it meant that the homework grades were a little delayed because I had to manually transfer them to Canvas. As a bonus, the Canvas rules drop the three homework grades that best benefit the students while the WebAssign gradebook drops the three with the lowest percentages. I did have one student at the end ask me whether I was going to use WebAssign or Canvas method of dropping the three lowest when it came to the end of the semester and I told him that he was putting the emphasis in the wrong spot.
This coming spring, I'm just going with the Canvas gradebook from the beginning and will let the students know that there will be a slight delay in transferring grades over. Too bad WebAssign doesn't have an API I could use or I could automate it.
All of that is with the old (legacy) gradebook. There is a new gradebook: New Gradebook Guide - Table of Contents
The start of How do I filter columns by type in the New Gradebook? says
The Filter menu allows the Gradebook to be filtered by assignment group, section, modules, and grading period (if applicable).
So if your 52 assignments were all in the same group, you could filter that group from the display. Filtering this way shows just the selected assignment group, so it's not the same as showing everything but those 52 assignments.
The good news is that the new gradebook shows the totals for all assignment groups, even if the assignment groups are not visible. That is, if I have an assignment group called homework with 52 assignments in it and then go to the new gradebook, choose Views > Filters > Assignment Groups, then go to the Assignment Groups filter and pick something other than Homework, I still see a total for the homework but not the individual grades for it.
The new gradebook is doing a slow roll out and is behind a feature flag at the account level. If the account has enabled it, then instructors will be able (starting January 6) to enable it for their courses without involving the admin.
This doesn't answer your question exactly. You can hide it in your gradebook by using the new gradebook, but the individual grades are still there, which is a good thing for the students. However, it doesn't create a new total column, it just shows the existing total column.
If you want to really replace the entire grade by a single number, then you would need to create a fake assignment to hold the total and manually (or through programming) transfer the total of the 52 assignments over to that one assignment. Those 52 would still be in the gradebook, though, so you would want to make that assignment group worth 0% of the grade so they're not duplicated.
If you real concern is that your gradebook is too crowded and you just wanted some way to clean it up, then hopefully the filtering with the new gradebook will suffice.
Thank you! I’ll try the filtering option and see if that works.
Appreciate the idea!
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