Manually posting grades

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Overview


You can manually post grades or submission comments for an assignment where student grades have been hidden. Manual posting policies automatically hide grades for students and should be set before you enter any grades. The option to hide grades from the assignment's Options menu is only available once grades have been entered. If a manual posting policy is set for an assignment and grades are posted to everyone, the manual posting policy will become inactive and future grades will be posted automatically.

If you need to hide grades or submission comments that have already posted for students to view, you can hide grades and/or comments in the gradebook or in SpeedGrader. When you hide assignment grades and submission comments, the student grades page displays a visibility icon so students know the assignment grade is hidden.

Posting Grades


  • In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.
  • Any assignment with hidden grades is indicated by the Visibility icon [1]. Hover over the assignment column header and click the Options icon [2]. (shown below)

  • Then, click the Post grades link.
  • If student grades are already posted, the Options menu displays that all grades are posted. To hide student grades, click the Hide grades link. If there are no grades or comments on the assignment, the Options menu will display that there are no grades to hide or post.


  • In the Gradebook, you can select an automatic or manual grade posting policy for an individual assignment. Open assignment menu by hovering over the assignment column header and click the Options icon. Click the Grade Posting Policy link. (shown below)

  • To post grades manually, select the Manually option. When the Manually option is selected, grades are hidden by default and must be posted to be viewed by students.

  • To apply changes to the grade posting policy, click the Save button.



  • You can also select an automatic or manual grade posting policy for a course. Open Gradebook Settings by clicking the Settings icon (shown below).

  • Then Click the Grade Posting Policy tab. (shown below)

  • To post grades automatically, select the Automatically Post Grades option. When grades are posted automatically, students can view assignment grades as soon as they are entered.

Note: If you select the Automatically Post Grades option after you have already hidden grades, previously hidden grades will remain hidden.

To manually post grades for students to view, select the Manually Post Grades option. When the Manually Post Grades option is selected, grades are hidden from student view by default and must be posted to be viewed by students (shown below). To apply changes to the grade posting policy, do not forget to click the Update button.



  • The Post Grades tray includes a numbered indicator that displays the total number of hidden grades for the assignment [1]. When the Post Grades tray is open, hidden grades are indicated by a Dot icon [2]. Ungraded submissions with submission comments do not display the Dot icon unless the grades were previously manually hidden [3]. However, comments will still post to students. (shown below)

  • To post grades and submission comments to all students, click the Everyone option [1]. When the Everyone option is selected, the Visibility icon will be removed from the grades page for all students, including students with ungraded submissions. An assignment notification will also be sent to all students. To post grades to students with graded submissions or submissions with comments, click the Graded option [2] (shown below). When the Graded option is selected, the Visibility icon will only be removed from the grades page for students with graded submissions or submissions with comments. Assignment notifications will only be sent to students with graded submissions.

  • To post grades or comments for specific sections, click the Specific Section button. Then select the sections where you want to post grades. To post grades or submission comments, click the Post button.

Note: You cannot post grades for specific sections in anonymous assignments.


  • View Gradebook; Assignments with a manual posting policy display a Manual label [1] in the assignment header. If grades were posted to everyone for an assignment with a manual posting policy, future grades will post to students automatically. If grades or comments were posted only to students with graded submissions or submission comments, future grades will be hidden from students and the Visibility icon will display in the assignment header [2]. Assignments with an automatic posting policy do not display a Manual label in the assignment header [3] (shown below). Any future graded submissions will display to students.


How to Hide Grades


Students will be unable to view their grades, including grade and score changes, instructor submission comments, Canvas DocViewer comments, and curved grades for the assignment, until the assignment grades are posted.

  • In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.
  • Hover over the assignment column header and click the Options icon.
  • Click the Hide grades link.

  • If student grades and submission comments are already hidden, the Options menu displays that all grades are hidden [1]. To post student grades, click the Post grades link [2]. If there are no grades on the assignment, the Options menu will display that there are no grades to hide or post [3]. (show below)

  • To hide grades for specific sections, click the Specific Sections button [1]. Then select the sections where you want to hide grades [2]. (shown below)

Note: You cannot hide grades for specific sections in anonymous assignments.

  • to hide grades, click the Hide button at the bottom.


  • View Gradebook; Assignments with hidden grades display the Visibility icon [1]. A Visibility icon also displays in the students' Total column [2]. This indicates that the final grade differs from the final grade that students can view in their Grades page. To post assignment grades, click the assignment's Options icon [3]. (shown below)

Notes: The Total column only displays graded assignments that have been hidden. Assignments that are set as Not Graded are not affected. Viewing the Total Column in the Gradebook may be restricted when multiple grading periods are enabled.



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