Between the end of the Spring semester and start of Summer term in May 2019, Canvas will be replacing its legacy Gradebook with the New Gradebook. The New Gradebook introduces an updated interface and many new features to better assist you in managing student scores and submissions.
Though you may continue to use the legacy Gradebook through the end of the Spring 2019 term, we recommend that you become familiar with the New Gradebook in Canvas and New Gradebook Best Practices as this will become the only option available beginning Summer 2019.
If you would like, you can opt-in to using the New Gradebook early! Just keep in mind that once you have enabled the New Gradebook in your course, you will not be able to revert back to the old Gradebook. After enabling the New Gradebook in your course, refer to Canvas New Gradebook Best Practices.
Here are some of the major improvements the New Gradebook introduces:
The New Gradebook introduces the ability to filter and sort both students and assignment columns, which was not previously possible in the legacy Gradebook. Students can be listed by name, FSUID, EMPLID, and even external app IDs, as well as sorted in both ascending and descending alphabetical order. Assignments can also be sorted by name, group, points, status, and due date.
Columns within the New Gradebook can be freely shifted around and re-sized as needed. This permits a greater level of customization of the layout of each course's Gradebook.
Student submissions can now be classified according to a variety of different statuses within the New Gradebook, allowing instructors to better keep track of particular student circumstances relative to coursework. These statuses include Late, Missing, Resubmitted, Dropped, and Excused. Each status is color-coded, with custom colors that can be assigned for each one.
Statuses can also be used in conjunction with automatic grading policies, explained in further detail below.
You can set policies that automatically go into effect for student submissions flagged as Late or Missing. Late submissions can have recurring point penalties for every hour or day an assignment is past due, as well as a "lowest possible grade" setting. Missing assignments can similarly have a percentage-based penalty applied to them.
Both policies, if set up, go into effect automatically for any assignments that are flagged with the appropriate tag.
The New Gradebook still retains the lion's share of the feature-set of the legacy Gradebook. This includes the ability to see Gradebook History and Individual Views for particular students. It also includes the ability to add a written notes column to the Gradebook for record-keeping purposes. Most importantly, the New Gradebook continues to allow the export and import of .csv spreadsheets of student grades so you have the option of grading offline.
For more information, see the Functionality Comparison Guide comparing the legacy and New Gradebook.