May 23, 2019

May 23, 2019  

 Updated Features
Category Communication within Gradebook
Date of change June 1st, 2019
Info The Canvas gradebook has a feature called "Message Students who" which allows you to message groups of students based on their status in relation to a specific assignment.

The Message Students Who window displays names in alphabetical order.

When an instructor accesses an assignment column and clicks the Message Students Who option, any names that display in the window are displayed in alphabetical order (first name, last name). The list of names remained alphabetical when a different messaging criterion is selected. Student names can be removed manually from the list at any time.

Benefit This change allows instructors to find student names in the window more easily.


 Feature Removal
Category Averages and Statistics within Gradebook
Date of change June 1st, 2019
Info With the recent switch over to the new gradebook (as of May 2, 2019), students averages and statistics information are not available within the gradebook itself.
Update Averages and statistics have not yet been implemented into the new gradebook.


 This Week's Faculty Question
Category Hiding Gradebook column

Question: Is it possible to hide a column in the gradebook?

Answer: Since the columns in the gradebook only appear when assignments are published, the only way to  to "hide" a column in Grades, is to unpublish the Assignment. Doing this will also hide the Assignment from the students until it is published again.

If you want to hide the item from students, without unpublishing, you can Mute the Assignment in the Grades area. For more information, please see How do I mute or unmute an assignment in the Gradebook?


Article Category: Quercus Updates