Why are students seeing grade columns I don’t see in the Grade Center?

twoHidesThere are two kinds of “hide” when it comes to Grade Center columns – hide from the instructor’s view in the Grade Center and hide from students in My Grades. Choosing “Hide Column” vs. “Hide from Users” will result in the column not appearing in the Grade Center, but it will still appear to students in My Grades.

To determine if students are seeing columns they should not, instructors can use Student View to access My Grades. Once the columns that still need to be hidden from users are identified, those columns need to be set to show in the Grade Center before they can be hidden from users. Columns not visible to users will have a black circle with red line through it next to the column title. Once hidden from users, columns can be hidden from the instructor’s view as well.

It is especially important to determine if the default “external grade” Total column is showing to students because this automatically generates a sum of the scores in all columns in the Grade Center. The green check mark next to the column title indicates an external grade column, which is a Grade Center requirement. The black circle with the red line through it indicates the column is hidden from the students and will not be visible in My Grades.


Please see our checklist for preventing Grade Center problems and the help files for “Disabling the Default Total Column”, Showing/Hiding Columns to/from Students, Showing/Hiding Columns to/from Instructors, and our chart for “Managing Column Visibility”. We also have a new video tutorial demonstrating how to disable the default Total column.


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