Grade Posting Policy


Beginning in the Winter 2021 Semester, by default, the Grade Posting Policy in the Gradebook is set to "Manually Post Grades". This means that assignment grades will be hidden to students as soon as they are entered.

You can change the Grade Posting Policy to "Automatically Post Grades", which means that the grades will be posted as soon as they are entered.

As well, you can set a Grade Posting Policy for individual columns by clicking on the 3 dots to the right of the assignment name in the gradebook column and then on Grade Posting Policy. You may wish to do this so the results of automatically graded quizzes go to students.

Note:

  • The Grade Posting Policy for the course and for individual assessments will be carried over when copying an entire course to a new Quercus course and the Grade Posting Policy for an individual assessment will be carried over when copying the selected assessment to a new Quercus course.

     

Reasons for hiding grades

You can "hide" grades so that students cannot see the grade or feedback for an assessment. If corrections are made when entering grades or if grades need to be adjusted—students may see their grades change, become concerned and email you. If only some student's marks are entered into Gradebook, for example, the marks for one tutorial, students who do not see their mark may become concerned and email you.   

Also, if grades are hidden, you will be able to add and adjust marks as your time permits, and then make the grades available to students once they have been verified. Note, when a Gradebook column is hidden, students can still see the name of the assessment on their Grades page. Also, when grades are hidden, students will not receive an email notification when grades are entered or changed.

Students will be able to see that the grades for this assignment are hidden.

You can begin sending notifications again by clicking the Post Grades link.
 

Step-by-step instructions - Post grades

1. Click on the Grades link in the Course Navigation Menu.
2. When you have entered some or all of the grades, click on the 3 dots next to the name of the assignment to reveal the drop-down menu, and select the Post grades link.
3. A Post Grades panel will appear on the right that includes options for posting grades. The options include posting grades for "Everyone" (all students) or "Graded" (students with graded submissions), as pictured below.



Post grades

4. When you are ready to proceed, click the Post button.

Note:

  • If a red dot appears beside a student's grade in the assignment grade column, this means the grade needs to be posted so that it will be visible to the student.
  • If you have multiple sections, you can specify the section for which you would like to post grades.
  • If a Turnitin assignment column is hidden, students will not see their originality reports until the grades are posted.

It is possible to hide grades after they are posted, as shown in the instructions below.

 


Step-by-step instructions - Hide grades

1. Click on the Grades link in the Course Navigation Menu.
2. Click on the 3 dots next to the name of the assignment to reveal the drop-down menu, and select the Hide grades link.
3. A Hide Grades panel will appear on the right that includes information regarding hiding grades, as pictured in the image below. 

Hide grades

4. When you are ready to proceed, click the Hide button.

 

What happens if grades are hidden?

If grades are hidden, students will see the title of the assessment, but they will not see their grade or assignment feedback. Instead, they will see a visibility icon and an “Instructor is working on grades” message when they hover over the icon.

Note:  If the instructor has made the Turnitin similarity report visible then students will see their similarity reports when the grades are posted.

Finally, students will see grade details under the Recent Feedback section if grades are posted. The Recent Feedback section is located on the right-hand side of their Dashboard and course Home pages, as pictured in the image below.

You can verify what students see on their Grades page by using the Student View feature, which can be found in the top-right corner of the Home, Modules, Assignments, and many other pages in Quercus..

 

Changing the Grade Posting Policy for an Assignment to "Automatic"

It is recommended to leave the Grade Posting Policy as the default "Post Grades Manually" setting for the entire Gradebook and to only use the "Post Grades Automatically" option to post grades for specific columns where the instructor would like students to have access to the grades immediately.

Note: If a Gradebook column is not hidden, students will see the assignment’s grade details under the Recent Feedback section to the right-hand side of their Dashboard and course Home pages. Hiding the Gradebook column also prevents students from receiving email notifications until the grades as posted.

Selecting a Grade Posting Policy for an individual assignment - Canvas Community

https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-select-a-grade-posting-policy-for-an-assignment-in-the/ta-p/574