What you need to know before using the New Gradebook - Updated

Most Important Change: All grades and comments are now hidden by default

*The Continuing Studies Program courses are set for automatic release of grades/comments.

The New Gradebook includes some new workflows and changes to icons and terms.

Old Gradebook New Gradebook
Default behavior: Grades/comments visible immediately Default behavior: Grades/comments hidden until posted (now called Manual Post Policy)
Mute Assignment (before entering grades/comments) Manual Post Policy (before entering grades/comments)
Mute Assignment (after entering grades/comments) Hide Grades (after entering grades/comments)
Unmute Assignment (after entering grades/comments) Post Grades (after entering grades/comments)
Muted icon mute-icon.jpg (appearing even with no grades/comments entered) Hidden icon hidden-icon.jpg (appearing only after a grade/comment has been entered)


Post (unmute) Grades and Comments

Similar to unmuting an assignment using the old Gradebook, you can post grades and comments from the Grades tool or from SpeedGrader. An added feature is the ability to post grades and comments only for a particular section or sections. If all grades/comments have been posted there will be no icon next to the assignment title in the Grades tool and an eye icon (no slash) in the SpeedGrader. If any grades/comments are still hidden, the eye with slash icon will be displayed in Grades and SpeedGrader.

To post grades/comments for an assignment within Grades:

  • Click the Grades link in course navigation.
  • Hover over the desired assignment title, click the options menu (three-dot icon) and select the 'Post Grades' option.
  • Select either the ‘Everyone’ option (current grades/comments and grades/comments entered afterward will be shown immediately) or the ‘Graded’ option (only current grades/comments will be shown, grades/comments entered afterward will still be hidden).
  • To post grades/comments for a particular section (or sections), select the Specific Sections option, then select the desired sections.
  • Click the Post button.
  • Full Guide

To post grades/comments for an assignment within SpeedGrader:

  • Open the SpeedGrader for the assignment.
  • Click the eye with slash icon in the upper left corner.
  • Select the ‘Post Grades’ option.
  • Select either the ‘Everyone’ option (current grades/comments and grades/comments entered afterward will be shown immediately) or the ‘Graded’ option (only current grades/comments will be shown, grades/comments entered afterward will still be hidden).
  • To post grades/comments for a particular section (or sections), select the Specific Sections option, then select the desired sections.
  • Click the Post button.
  • Full Guide

Set grades/comments to be released automatically (as soon as they are entered)

For all assignments in the course:

  • Click the Grades link in course navigation.
  • Click the Settings menu (gear icon) in the upper right corner.
  • Click the Grade Posting Policy tab.
  • Select the 'Automatically Post Grades' option.
  • Click the Update button.
  • Full Guide

For an individual assignment:

  • Click the Grades link in course navigation.
  • Hover over the desired assignment title, click the options menu (three-dot icon) and select the 'Grade Posting Policy' option.
  • Select the 'Automatically' option.
  • Click the Save button.
  • Full Guide

Define a grade for late submissions

The Late Submission policy allows you to automatically deduct points on all late submissions. A submission is labeled late when it has been submitted past the due date.

Full Guide

Define a grade for missing submissions

The Missing Submission policy lets you automatically apply a grade for all missing submissions in the New Gradebook. A submission is labeled missing when the due date has passed and it has not been submitted.

Full Guide

 

Overview of New Features

There are some new features, as well as interface improvements to allow for greater filtering, sorting, and display options.

Highlights:

  • Ability to hide grades for all assignments by default and to release grades on a more granular level (for particular sections)
  • Ability to click through all assignments for one student or all students for one assignment using a grade detail tray, and edit grade, status, and comments for each
  • Ability to define a grade for all missing submissions
  • Ability to define late policies to apply deductions for days or hours late
  • Ability to set the status of a grade (with customizable colors) to indicate Late, Missing, Excused, Resubmitted or Dropped submissions

Functional Comparison of Current vs. New Gradebook

Full New Gradebook Guide