Archives—April 2013

Submitting Grades via Canvas and CourseTools

Instructors still have two options for electronic grade submission.  You can submit grades via Banner Self-Service by going directly into Banner, entering your grades, and then clicking submit.  OR, for those with larger class sizes where grades have already been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program, you can submit grades via Canvas by going to CourseTools and using the Grade Wizard to first extract them from Canvas and then submit them to Banner.

If you choose to submit grades via Canvas, you will need to have your grades for submission entered into an assignment column in your Canvas grade book because the Grade Wizard cannot access grades in the Total column.  We recommend that you use the Final column, which has a default grade scheme that accepts all valid Banner letter grades. This scheme will work well if you plan to type or upload letter grades from a spreadsheet. If you want to upload numerical scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas, you may want to adjust the percentage ranges for the Final column’s grading scheme. Refer to Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas and upload scores from a spreadsheet into Canvas to learn more.

Then go to the CourseTools page, and click on Submit Grades Electronically via Canvas to use the Grade Wizard, which extracts your grades from Canvas and submits them to Banner. You can review the Guide to Submitting Grades via Canvas to see illustrated, step-by-step directions and links to video demonstrations and additional information.  You may also want to look over the Guide to Submitting Grades via Banner to help you decide which method is best for you.  You can always access general information and help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, register for eLearning Workshops, and find out about our eLearning Walk-In hours on the Canvas One Stop page.

By your eLearning Team!

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Submitting Grades via Banner Self Service

Instructors don’t have to use Canvas to submit grades. Mid-Term and Final grades can be submitted electronically either via Canvas, OR via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit, and be finished!   You can access a short text only guide, a more detailed illustrated guide, and a Power Point presentation, as well as watch the eLearning screencast for a video demonstration, at Submitting Grades via Banner Self-Service.

Grade submission through Canvas will be covered in next week’s CTL Tip of the Week.   Since the process requires more steps, it’s most beneficial for larger classes where grades have already been totaled in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Final” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”

Those who want even more details about the grade submission process can sign up for grade submission workshops to be held during Week 14 and early in Finals Week.  You can always access general information and help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, register for eLearning Workshops, and find out about our eLearning Walk-In hours on the Canvas One Stop page.

By your eLearning Team!


Help Improve Canvas by Voting for your Favorite Feature Requests

Instructure, the makers of Canvas, have a Feature Request Forum to allow all Canvas users to suggest improvements.  Instructure monitors these forums closely, and feature requests with the most votes garner the most programming attention.  Instructure will be working to implement many new features this summer, so it’s important that Michigan Tech let its voice be heard!

To help this process, eLearning, part of the Center for Teaching and Learning, has created a Favorite Canvas Feature Requests page to help Michigan Tech Canvas users “vote up” the feature requests we’ve heard.  The page has direct links to each feature request in the hopes that you will go to that page and click “Me Too!” to help move these requests to the top.

If you don’t find the improvement you would like among the eLearning list, you should search for an existing request for your desired improvement.  In most cases you will find that another user has already made the same suggestion, and you can vote for it.  (Making more than one feature request for the same improvement only waters down the number of votes each can get!)  If your search turns up empty, you are also welcome to make an entirely new request.

For more general help and support using Canvas, visit Canvas One Stop.  The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  You can see what’s going on there this week at our website.


Print a Class Photo Roster Using Banner Self Service

Banner Self Service provides students, instructors and staff with a wide variety of information and services. As employees, you may already use Banner to determine leave balances, track available Tech Fit money, and access your pay information. While you may be aware that instructors can use Banner to submit grades and view teaching history, you may not know that you can use Banner to print a roster with student photos for each course you are teaching.

A photo roster of the students in your class can be very useful for many reasons.  Some instructors find it helpful when getting to know their students early in the term.  Some even study the roster before classes begin in order to better associate names and faces.  The photo roster can also be a helpful resource when attempting to verify a specific student’s identity not only during class and group presentations, but for exams and office visits too.  Please make sure you are following all FERPA guidelines related to confidential student information when you access and use student class or photo rosters from Banner Self Service.

You can watch this screencast to see a video demonstrating how to access your class photo roster.  The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  You can see what’s going on there this week at our website.


See Your Canvas Course from a Student View

Have you wondered how your Canvas course looks from your students’ perspective? The Canvas Student View feature creates one “Test Student” user that allows the instructor to view course content as a student would. Each course has a unique Test Student that every instructor in the course has access to. As the Test Student, you can submit Assignments & Quizzes, review Grades & Assignment feedback (including Crocodoc via the preview icon), post to Discussions, as well as view the Syllabus tab.

To view your course from a student perspective, click on Settings in the left navigation, then on the Student View button that appears at the upper right of the screen. You will know if you are in Student View because of the persistent bar on the bottom of the screen indicating you are logged into Student View. Click the Leave Student View button to exit the student view. Please note that Conversations, Collaborations, Groups and Profile do not work for the Test Student.

You can review the Instructure Guides “What is Student View?” and also “Where can I find the student view of the Gradebook?” for more information. For more general help and support using Canvas, visit Canvas One Stop The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). You can see what’s going on there this week at our website.