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Hide a Grade Center column from Instructor view

Hiding a column from Instructor View can make your Grade Center page easier to manage. Some faculty hide columns they’ve finished grading (such as old attendance columns), or columns they’re not ready to deal with yet (future attendance columns).

Columns that are hidden from Instructor view are still visible to students (unless they’re hidden from student view before they’re hidden from Instructor View).

More importantly, columns that are hidden from instructor view are still included in gradebook score calculations. This means if you hide a column that is included in the total grade, or weighted total grade, it will still be factored in, regardless of whether you can see it or not.

If you’re cleaning up your grade center, we recommend deleting columns rather than hiding them, to reduce any potential confusion on the part of your students, as well as any possible side-effects on scoring.

The process for hiding a Grade Center column from Instructor view is simple. Click the options button to the right of the column you wish to hide, then choose “Hide from Instructor View”.

hide-column-instructorRestoring a hidden column to Instructor view is a little more complicated. You’ll need to point to the MANAGE button at the top of Grade Center, then choose COLUMN ORGANIZATION to find the column you wish to restore.

manage-organizationScroll down the page until you locate the column you wish to restore. Check the box to the left of the column name(s). Then point to the Show / Hide button at the top or bottom of the page. Choose SHOW SELECTED COLUMNS. Finally, most importantly, click SUBMIT at the top or bottom of the page to save your changes.

show-column-instructorTo learn more about showing and hiding columns and groups of columns from instructor view, check out our tutorials on Grading Periods and Smart Views.


Hide a Grade Center column from student view

Hiding a column from student view allows you to work with a column — record grades, etc — without students seeing the column or your changes on their My Grades page. Some faculty keep “scratch” columns in their grade center that never visible to students. Others have found making columns unavailable while adding grades reduces the number of emails they get from students (“My friend got a grade on assignment x, when am I going to get a grade?”).

To hide a column from students, click its options button, then choose “Hide from students (on / off)”. When a column is hidden from student view, a crossed-out icon will appear to the left of the column name. To show a column to students, repeat this process.


Delete a Grade Center Column

Deleting a Grade Center Column removes it completely from both the student and instructor view. Grade data is also removed when a column is deleted, ensuring that none of the information from the delete column is included in the total or weighted total columns.

delete-columnFirst, click the options button to the right of the column you wish to delete. Then choose DELETE COLUMN. Click OK to finish the process.


Post Grades to TitanConnect

This video, created by Information Technology Services and the Registrar’s Office, walks you through the process of posting grades to TitanConnect. IDS is sharing their video here, as we often are contacted with questions about posting grades; however, if you have questions about posting grades, you should contact the Registrar’s Office (313-993-3313).


Add an Image

If you’d like to add an image into an item, discussion board post, announcement, or any other space where the toolbar is available, click the INSERT / EDIT IMAGE button on the bottom row of the toolbar. Browse your computer for the image file you’d like to add to the page. We recommend adding a brief description of the image in the IMAGE DESCRIPTION box. If the image is very large, you can edit the size in the add image box by clicking APPEARANCE, then changing the image’s width or height on the DIMENSIONS line (make sure the CONSTRAIN PROPORTIONS box is checked so your image doesn’t become warped). 500 is a decent width for a moderate sized image. 1000 works for a larger image (for reference, the animated image below is 1000 pixels wide). You can also resize the image after adding it to your item by holding the SHIFT key on your keyboard, then clicking and dragging the box on the side of your image (holding SHIFT constrains the proportions as you resize, again ensuring the image doesn’t become skewed).


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