Hide and Post Grades

By default, the Grade Posting Policy in the Gradebook is set to "Automatically Post Grades". This means that assignment grades are visible to students as soon as they are entered. You can change this to "Manually Post Grades", which means that the grades will be hidden by default. 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.

As of October 19, 2019:

If an assignment is set to a Manual Posting Policy, the word “Manual” will now be displayed in the assignment header, instead of the outlined Visibility icon.

There is no visual indicator if an assignment is set to an Automatic Posting Policy

If there are grades that need to be posted the outlined Visibility icon will be displayed in the assignment header, but the solid icon will no longer be used.

To enable the “Post Grades Manually” option for the entire gradebook:

1. Select Grades from the course navigation menu.
2. Select the gear icon located in the top-right corner of the page to access the gradebook options.
3. In the pop-up window, select the second tab to view Grade Posting Policy settings.
4. Select the “Post Grades Manually” option and click “Update” to save your changes.
5. All columns in your gradebook will now display an icon, indicating that all grades and comments are hidden from students.

Grade Posting Policy

 

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.

Reasons for hiding grades

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.   

If you hide columns, 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 - 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.

Note: If you have multiple sections, you can specify the section for which you would like to hide grades.

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.