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There are times when you do not want students to see certain grade columns that you are updating or have not gotten to yet. Or  perhaps you have a particular grade column (other than the default) that you would like to be the grade which appears in a student's My Grades section and elsewhere. That can be controlled with the following information.

Show/Hide from Students

If you would like to make it so the students cannot see a grade column follow the instructions below.

  1. Access the contextual menu in the column header for the column you no longer wish the students to be able to see and select Hide from Students (on/off).

  2. The slashed circle appears in the column header you chose, which means students will no longer be able to see this column.

  3. Allowing the students to see the column again is as simple as repeating step one, only this time it will remove the hidden restriction.

External Grade Column(s)

The External Grade is the column displayed as the students’ grade for your course (in My Grades, their Report Card Module, and elsewhere). You decide which column is set as the external grade. In new courses, the default total column is external grade column, and the external grade icon  appears in the column header.

You cannot delete the default total column until you set another column as the external grade.

To set a column as the External Grade:

  1. Access the contextual menu in the column header for the column you want to set as the external grade column and select Set as External Grade

  2. The check mark appears in the column header you chose and is removed from the default total column header.

If you copy or restore a course, the external grade column you chose remains as the external grade column.

Show/Hide External Grade Column

You will notice if you click the contextual menu for an external grade that certain options are no longer available, such as the Hide from Students (on/off) option.

However, if desired, you can still hide this grade column from students:

  1. Click the contextual menu of the grade column and choose Edit Column Information.

    Choosing Hide from Instructor View will hide the column from your view but will not hide it from the students.
  2. Scroll down to the Options section, and click No for Show this Column to Students.

  3. Click Submit at the bottom or top of the page.

  4. You will then see the slashed circle which means the column is hidden, next to the marker for the External Grade.


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