Knowledgebase: Grading Students
Controlling the Visibility of Your Gradebook

Article Last Updated June 2021

The Grades tool in eClass offers options to format the display of your gradebook to students and to control to a very fine degree which grades are visible to students. One thing to note when working in the gradebook is that if a grade item automatically comes from an activity on your course main page, any visibility settings applied on the activity itself will take precedence (eg. if you hide an assignment on the course main page, it will be hidden in the gradebook.)

There are also 2 main (equivalent) alternatives for how you can control these options:

  1. On the main grader report view with editing turned on; Or
  2. In the Gradebook setup view.

For verification of student grade visibility, the main grader report view is recommended; for making changes to the course total aggregation and structural changes to the gradebook, the Gradebook setup view is recommended. This article contains screenshots demonstrating both methods.

Choose how to format the display of grades for students (Method 1 - Grader Report)

  1. Click on the gear icon on your course main page, then on Gradebook setup.



  2. Click on the View tab, then on the Grader report tab. Click on Turn editing on near the top right.



  3. To change the display format (not the actual value) of a grade column, click the gear icon at the top of the column.
    • Note: if you do not see the eyeball icons, navigate to the Setup tab → My preferences: Grader report tab and set the option Show show/hide icons to Yes.
    • You can enter grade scores for students directly into the grader report with editing turned on by typing the value in the cell for a particular student's item and clicking Save changes at the bottom left.



  4. In the 'Edit grade item' settings page, click Show more....



  5. Set the Grade display type option to one of the following:
    • Real - the actual score.
    • Percentage - the score converted to 100 total.
    • Letter - the score converted to percent then assigned the letter score based on the course letter boundaries. (For instructions on setting the course letter boundaries, see the article Setting Letter Grade Boundaries.)
    • Combinations of these 3 with one first and any other in brackets
    • The default setting for Grade display type can be set for your entire gradebook in the Setup tab  Course grade settings tab.

 

Choose how to format the display of grades for students (Method 2 - Gradebook setup)

  1. Click on the gear icon on your course main page, then on Gradebook setup.



  2. To change the display format (not the actual value) of a grade item or activity, click Edit → Edit settings in the Actions column for the row of that grade item.



  3. Repeat steps 3-5 from Method 1 (at this point the location is the same).

 

Choose which grades to display for students (Method 1 - Grader report)

  1. Click on the gear icon on your course main page, then on Gradebook setup.



  2. Click on the View tab, then on the Grader report tab. Click on Turn editing on near the top right. Note: Any column headers or grades that are written in grey writing are hidden from student view.



  3. Any columns or cells that are visible to students will have an open eyeball icon (not crossed out.) Columns and individual student items that are hidden from students have a crossed out eyeball icon. Clicking on the eyeball acts as a toggle to show or hide grades and columns from students.



  4. This method of checking student grade visibility can sometimes be more reliable than the second method. See the article Problems with Student Grade Visibility.

 

Choose which grades to display for students (Method 2 - Gradebook setup)

  1. Click on the gear icon on your course main page, then on Gradebook setup. Note: Any column headers or grades that are written in grey writing are hidden from student view.



  2. To change visibility of an item, click Edit > Hide/Show in the actions column for that item



  3. A known issue exists that can cause grade visibility problems when editing and using this view. Please see the article Problems with Student Grade Visibility.

 

Verifying the student's grade view by checking their user report

  1. Under the View tab, click on the User report tab.

  2. Select a particular student from the top right dropdown box to view their scores. (Otherwise, the User report will be for your own account.)

  3. Any items or categories that are written in grey do not appear in the student view.

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