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Last month, we announced Canvas’ updated “Hide/Post Grades” feature. This month, we take a more in-depth look at the various ways this feature can be used by instructors in Canvas. The primary takeaways from each of the feature options is that instructors who wish to hide grades from students while grading should adjust the “hide/post grades” setting before any grades are entered and instructors must remember to post grades once they are ready to release grades and feedback to students.

The “Hide/Post Grades” feature allows for the following options:

  • Hide assignment grades from students
    • Applies to a single assignment and can be toggled from either the gradebook or the SpeedGrader.
    • Use to temporarily hide grades from student view while grading is in progress.
    • Feedback/comments along with the score are hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Total course grade also is hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Instructor must remember to post grades once ready to release grades and feedback to students.
  • Set a manual posting policy for an assignment
    • Applies to a single assignment and only toggled from the gradebook.
    • By default, the policy is set to “automatic” for assignments, which means students see their grade as soon as it is entered.
    • When an assignment’s posting policy is changed to “manual,” grades are hidden from students and remain hidden until the instructor posts grades for the assignment.
    • Selecting a manual posting policy for an assignment does not apply retroactively to grades already entered. Any grades already posted will remain visible unless the instructor uses the steps to “hide assignment grades from students.”
    • Assignment-level posting policies will override course-level policies for that assignment.
    • Use to temporarily hide grades from student view while grading is in progress
    • Feedback/comments along with the score are hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Total course grade also is hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Instructor must remember to post grades once ready to release grades and feedback to students.
  • Set a manual posting policy for a course
    • Similar to the manual posting policy for an assignment, only this applies to every assignment in the course.
    • Toggle this option through the gradebook.
    • By default, the policy is set to “automatic” for the course, which means students see their grade as soon as it is entered for assignments.
    • When the course’s posting policy is changed to “manual,” grades are hidden from students and remain hidden until the instructor posts grades for a particular assignment.
    • Selecting a manual posting policy for an assignment does not apply retroactively to grades already entered. Any grades already posted will remain visible unless the instructor uses the steps to “hide assignment grades from students.”
    • Feedback/comments along with the score are hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Total course grade also is hidden from students until the instructor posts the assignment’s grades.
    • Instructor must remember to post grades once ready to release grades and feedback to students.
  • Hide the total grade from students
    • By default, totals are visible to students.
    • Hides the course grade total from students.
    • If weighted assignment groups are used, the weighted totals also are hidden from students.