Learning Technology@LJMU

Grade Post Policies (Muting Assignments)

Managing the Release of Student Marks and Feedback

This guide is for the attention of staff. The Mute grades facility in the new Canvas Grades area has been replaced by a new ‘grade posting policy.’  This will be effective from Monday the 18th November. There are some minor changes to workflow, and a number of additional options.

Automatic or Manual?

  • Automatic: by default, the policy is for grades to be posted automatically and visible to students.
  • Manual: the grades will be hidden from students, until you post them. Grades for anonymous assignments will have manual post policy applied, by default. Tutor comments will only be visible after the assignment grades are posted.

How to apply an Assignment Grade Post Policy in the New Gradebook

  1. In Course Navigation, click the Grades link

    Grades Option in Course Menu
    Grades Option in Course Menu
  2. Hover over the assignment column header and click the Options icon.

    assignment grades menu - options
    assignment grades menu - options
  3. Click the Grade Posting Policy link. To post grades manually, select the Manually option. When the Manually option is enabled, grades are hidden and must be posted once marking is complete in order to be viewed by students.

    Assignment Grade Post Policy Option
    Assignment Grade Post Policy Option
  4. To apply changes to the grade posting policy, click the Save button.

    Save Grade Post Policy Button
    Save Grade Post Policy Button
  5. The word MANUAL appears in the column header (you may need to expand the column to view this), an eye icon will appear once you have started marking.

Check your Assignment is Hidden

There are two ways to check whether marks and feedback are hidden from students:

  1. In Speedgrader a 'hidden' label appears next to the grades box. If a hidden label does not appear here, ensure you apply a manual grades policy (see above for instructions). Ensure marks are hidden by checking the column settings and selecting the 'hide grades' option if this has not already been enabled.
  2. Use the Student View tool to submit an assignment and check whether marks and feedback are available.

Grade Post Policy Icons in the Grades Area

Manual Symbol in Assignment Column Header
Manual Symbol in Assignment Column Header

  1. If a manual posting policy has been applied to your assignment ,a Manual label will appear at the top of the column [1]. This label indicates that a manual posting policy is currently in place and grades are hidden from student view.
  2. Once a submission has been graded, the assignment header displays the Visibility icon [2]. This indicates that there are grades within the assignment that must be posted before they are visible to students.
  3. When some grades are hidden from student view, the Total column also displays the Visibility icon [3].

How to Manually Post Assignment Grades

You can manually post grades for an assignment which has a 'manual post policy' applied. Once your marks have been entered:

  1. Access Grades and hover over the assignment column header and click the Options icon, and then select Post Grades.

    Assignment Column Option - Post Grades
    Assignment Column Option - Post Grades
  2. When the window appears, select Everyone, and then click Post

    Post Grades Confirmation Window
    Post Grades Confirmation Window

Changes After Posting

If you need to hide grades after posting, simply click the 'hide grades' option in the column drop down menu. You will need to re-post the Grades after hiding.

Manual Post Policy Workflow

Post policy workflow for anonymous assignments. Anonymous assignments have manual post policies already applied. If your assigment is not anonymous then you will need to apply a manual post policy.
Post policy workflow for anonymous assignments. Anonymous assignments have manual post policies already applied. If your assigment is not anonymous then you will need to apply a manual post policy.

 

Help and Support

For further help and support you can either chat online or call Canvas by clicking on the Help option in the Canvas main menu. Alternatively submit a ticket to the Technology Enhanced Learning Team by emailing ltsupport@ljmu.ac.uk or login to https://helpme.ljmu.ac.uk/.

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