Canvas @ YaleInstructor Guides GradesNew Gradebook Feature Comparison

New Gradebook Feature Comparison

Since 2018, the new Gradebook in Canvas has been available for instructors to turn on in a course by course basis. Beginning in Summer 2019, the new Gradebook will be turned on for all courses. This article is designed to show the comparisons between the work-flows between the old Gradebook and new Gradebook.

Feature Old Gradebook New Gradebook
Entering Grades
Only able to enter the grade as a point value. You can set the total number of points allowed in Assignments.
You can choose to enter the grade as points, a percentage, or (if you have created one in Assignments) a grading scheme.

You can set the total number of points allowed in Assignments within the Gradebook.
Filters
The Showing All Sections button located on the upper right allowed you to filter by course sections only.
The new View menu in the upper left allows you to filter by assignment group, course section, or modules.
Importing/Exporting Grades
The Import and Export buttons were at the top right to import/export grades.
Use the new Actions menu to import/export grades.
Notes Column
You could enable/disable the Notes column via the Settings (gear) menu.
You can turn the Notes column on/off via the new View menu.
Unpublished Assignments Columns
Unpublished assignments are not displayed.
Unpublished assignments are displayed by default. You can show/hide these columns by using the new View menu at the upper left.
Gradebook History
To view the Gradebook History, use the Settings (gear) icon at the upper right.
To view the Gradebook History, use the new Gradebook menu at the upper left.
Sorting Individual Assignments
To sort an individual assignment from low to high score, click on the link at the top of the assignment column in the Gradebook. To sort an individual assignment, use the Options menu (column of three dots) next to the assignment name in the Gradebook.

You can sort by Grade (Low to High or High to Low), Missing, or Late.
Sorting Gradebook Columns
The Settings (gear) icon at the upper right sorted gradebook columns by assignment group, due date, or points.
Go to the new View menu and use the Arrange By sub-menu to sort gradebook columns by assignment name, due date, points, or module.

You can also drag-and-drop to sort columns manually.
Grade Totals
To move the Totals column to the front of the Gradebook, use the drop-down menu at the top of the column. To turn off the Totals column, go to Course Settings. There is no way to sort the Totals column.
To move the Totals column to the front of the Gradebook, use the Options menu (column of three dots) at the top of the column. You can also use this menu to sort the Totals column by Low to High or High to Low. To turn off the Totals column, go to Course Settings.
Opening SpeedGrader In the Gradebook view, you can open SpeedGrader from the individual assignment menu (drop-down menu at the top of the column) or from an individual student’s grade detail tray. You can also open SpeedGrader from Assignments.
In the Gradebook view, you can only open SpeedGrader from an individual student’s grade detail tray currently. You can also open SpeedGrader from Assignments.
Downloading Student Submissions
Use the drop-down menu at the top of the assignment column in the Gradebook to download submissions.
Use the Options menu (column of three dots) at the top of the assignment column in the Gradebook to download submissions.
Labeling Submission Status
There are three statuses in total for a submission: None, Late, and Missing. The colors are pre-set and cannot be changed. There are six statuses in total for a submission: None, Late, Missing, Resubmitted, Dropped, and Excused. You can customize the colors for all of these except None by selecting the Statuses option within the new View menu. To set a submission status as None, Late, Missing, or Excused, open the individual student’s grade detail tray.
Late and Missing Submission Policies
You cannot set a late or missing submission policy in the old Gradebook.
You can use the Settings (gear) icon at the upper right to set a late or missing submission policy. Note that any late policy you set will apply retroactively to previously graded work (see below).
Concluded and Inactive Enrollments
View concluded and inactive enrollments using the Settings (gear) icon at the upper right.
View concluded and inactive enrollments using the Options menu (column of three dots) at the top of the Student Name column.
Treat Ungraded as 0
Had option to treat ungraded work as 0 when calculating grades
Does not have option to treat ungraded work as 0 when calculating grades.

Since the New Gradebook is available within your course now, please see this help document on how to enable the new Gradebook: How to Enable New Gradebook.

For more information on the new Gradebook, please see this article: New Gradebook (Vendor Guides)


If you would like to learn more about this tool, please consider attending one of our workshops or schedule a one-on-one consultation: