How do I mute an assignment in the Gradebook?

By default, Canvas allows students to see assignment grades as soon as the instructor has graded the assignment. In some cases, instructors may wish to hold student grades until all assignments have been graded, and then release grades to all students at the same time. To hide student grades temporarily, an instructor can choose to mark an assignment as "muted". A muted assignment will not send out grade change notifications or any new instructor comments until the assignment is unmuted. A muted assignment displays a "mute" icon on the student grades page so students know the assignment is muted.

Notes:

  • If you make changes to a muted assignment, the overall score as you see it (in both the Gradebook and the student Grades page) will be affected. However, students will not see any changes when they view their Grades page. Once you unmute the assignment, the overall grade in the student's view will update accordingly.
  • If you unmute an assignment with varied due dates, all students will receive score results at the same time.

Students can still see and submit a muted assignment. Only the grade will be hidden.

Muting should only be used to temporarily block grading work in progress from student view. It should not be used to conceal grades for longer than reasonably necessary.

Learn how to hide the total grade in the gradebook

Open Grades

Open Grades

In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.

Open Assignment Drop-down Menu

Open Assignment Drop-down Menu

Hover over the name of the assignment. Look for the blue drop-down menu to appear.

Mute Assignment

Mute Assignment

Click the drop-down menu and click the Mute Assignment link.

Confirm Mute Assignment

Confirm Mute Assignment

Click the Mute Assignment button. Students will be unable to view their grades, including grade and score changes, submission comments, and curved assignments for the assignment.

View Mute Assignment

View Mute Assignment

View the muted assignment icon in the Gradebook.

Student View: Muted Assignment

Student View: Muted Assignment

View the Mute icon next to the assignment title. A popup dialog informs the student that the Instructor is working on the grades for that assignment.

Unmute Assignment

Unmute Assignment

To unmute the assignment, click the drop-down menu and click the Unmute Assignment link.

Confirm Unmute Assignment

Confirm Unmute Assignment

Click the Unmute Assignment button to unmute the assignment. Students will now be able to see their grades and feedback.

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