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Canvas New Gradebook Guide
The New Gradebook allows instructors to use an improved version of the current Gradebook, and includes a more flexible and intuitive grading experience. Teachers in Canvas can enable the New Gradebook in their course now and use the new grading features listed below.  All Canvas courses will be automatically upgraded to the New Gradebook in January 2020.
New Gradebook Changes and Features

    [1] The top of the Gradebook includes sorting options and settings you can use to organize your Gradebook [2], which will display the selected student data [3] and assignment data. [4] To view the Keyboard Shortcuts menu, click on the keyboard icon or press the comma key. [5] To access Late Policies and Grade Posting Policy settings, click the gear icon.

  • Change the Status of a Grade
    • Change the status of an individual student assignment submission in the Grade Detail Tray. Status labels include: None, Late, Missing, Excused. 

  • Enter Grades as
  • Grade Detail Tray
    • This new feature makes it fast and easy to view and enter grades, submission status, and comments, both by individual assignment or student. In addition, the Grade Detail Tray provides a place to access Speedgrader for an assignment, or view an individual student's grade page. 

  • Hide Grades (formerly known as mute) 
    • Students will not receive grade change or instructor comment notifications for an assignment with hidden grades.

  • Late Policies
    • Use these features to automatically apply a grade or deduct points for missing or late submissions.
    • If you want to "Treat grades as 0" in the New Gradebook, apply grades as "0" using the global Missing Submission Policy feature, or use the Default Grade option for individual assignments. 
      • Note: these options are not retroactive and will only apply to new submissions.

  • Post Grades (formerly known as un-mute)
    • Grades can be posted to everyone or only to students with graded submissions. 
    • When grades are only posted to students with graded submissions, students with ungraded submissions will view an icon on their grades page that indicates grades are still being worked on.
    • Grades can be posted for specific sections.

  • Sort and Display Students in the Gradebook
    • Sort students alphabetically, display by first name or last name first, and choose to show/hide NetID.

  • Unpublished graded items appear in the Gradebook
    • By default, unpublished assignments, quizzes, and graded discussions will now be displayed in the Gradebook. This setting can be turned off at any time.
See the Current Gradebook and New Gradebook functionality comparison chart for a complete list of changes.


New Gradebook How-To's
New Gradebook References and Support
All functionality with the current Gradebook is included in the New Gradebook with the following exceptions:
Known Issues
  • Assignment Group and Total Grade columns in the New Gradebook can become truncated in some browsers, but can be expanded by dragging the corner of the column header. 
  • Gradebook columns can become "misaligned" when scrolling in the Gradebook. 
    • Scrolling too fast too the right when there are a lot of grade columns will cause things to become misaligned. 
    • Canvas reports this issue is currently unfixable, and states the"resolution" would be to not scroll quickly all the way to the right.
  • Plagiarism tools are not displaying originality reports to students before the grade is posted (as of 7/23/2019), however Canvas reports a fix is in the works.

If you need help with the New Gradebook beyond the basic overview and help links on this page, see the Getting Help page for live support.