Archives—October 2013

Announcing the new Michigan Tech Testing Center

The Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce the opening of the Michigan Tech Testing Center (MTTC).  Beginning Monday, October 28, 2013, this new center, located on the second floor of the Van Pelt and Opie Library in room 226, will offer testing services including proctored computerized and accommodated testing.

The facility has ten specially designed seats in room 226 and includes a proctor.  It is an ideal location for accommodated exams, exams for online courses, or make-up and overflow computerized exams.  Accommodated exams include those for student’s who require extra time or a quieter space and are the only ones that can be administered as a pencil and paper exam by the MTTC.  Sponsored exams, like the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (FE) will be scheduled into this space soon. Students will register directly through the sponsor’s website.  Watch for future announcements regarding this.  Proctoring for online courses through OTHER universities can be scheduled through MTTC for a fee. The Michigan Tech Testing Center will also begin coordinating use of the 40-seat computerized testing lab (Rekhi 215) that many professors are now using to give exams in Canvas or other computerized systems.  To learn more about the MTTC and schedule exam times and accommodations online visit the MTTC website.

The MTTC will maintain the following office hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday         9:00AM – 3:00PM

Wednesday                                       9:00AM – 5:00PM

Friday                                                 9:00AM – 1:00PM

Additional hours may be arranged to accommodate evening exams and additional facilities can be reserved for a larger number of computerized examinees. Instructors are encouraged to contact the MTTC (906) 487-1001, techtesting-l@mtu.edu) to schedule additional time or with questions about any of your exam needs.


New Web Address for Canvas One Stop

Canvas One Stop, the only place you’ll need to go for all things Canvas at Michigan Tech, now has a new, shorter and easier to remember web address or URL:

www.mtu.edu/canvas-one-stop

Canvas One Stop was developed to give Canvas instructors and course developers at Michigan Tech one website that would act as a hub where they could access everything available to help them use Canvas.  Go to Canvas One Stop for easy access to:

  • Web-based Canvas help from online guides, tutorials, and screencasts made by eLearning and Instructure
  • Face-to-Face Canvas Workshop information and registration
  • Times and location for eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas Help
  • The eLearning News blog
  • The phone number, email address, and location to Contact Michigan Tech Canvas Support

You can also log-in to Canvas from Canvas One Stop, access online Grade Submission links and information, and see the CTL Tip of the Week there. So the next time you want help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, just go to Canvas One Stop.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Visit the CTL website to learn about learn about the CTL, see upcoming events and activities, find out about innovations and opportunities to improve teaching and learning, and more. And as always, if you are looking specifically for information about, or help with, Canvas at Michigan Tech, go to Canvas One Stop, now at mtu.edu/canvas-one-stop.


New Canvas Quiz Question Type: File Upload

Canvas has recently added yet another question type available in Quizzes – the File Upload question type.  Instructors can utilize this question type to allow students to upload a file as their answer to a question in a Canvas Quiz.  This could be useful for situations where an instructor wants to use the quiz tool instead of the assignment tool to limit the amount of time a student has to complete work on a file before he/she submits it for grading.  One possible use might be to give students one randomly assigned problem from a set of File Upload type quiz questions and allow them a limited amount of time to upload a file as their answer.

This question type is displayed to the student as a manually graded question, so they will not immediately receive a score on these questions after submitting their quiz. Students can upload any file type accepted in Canvas, and uploads count towards course file storage quota restrictions. More information is available on our New Quiz Question Type: File Upload page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


Submitting Mid-Term 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 requires more steps. It is often 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 “Mid-Term” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”  More information is available at Guide to Submitting Grades via Canvas.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


Coming next week to Canvas: One Question at a Time Grading in SpeedGrader™

A new Canvas feature due to be released into production this weekend may be useful to those of you with Essay or Short Answer type questions in Canvas quizzes. Instead of grading quizzes by student, Grade One Question at a Time will allow teachers to choose to grade quizzes by quiz question.

To enable question grading, you will need to open the settings link in SpeedGrader™ and click the Grade by Question Beta checkbox.  When question grading is enabled, Canvas will display a number bar above the quiz view panel to represent each question in your quiz.  Canvas will also display a yellow notification bar with the quiz questions that need to be graded. To view a manually graded question, click the number in the number bar, or the question number in the notification bar. Then you can enter the number of points for the student into the grade field.  Once you have graded a specific question, Canvas will take you to the same question in the next student’s quiz by clicking an arrow button.

Check out the 10/5/13 Canvas Production Release Notes Featuring Grade One Quiz Question at a Time to see instructions on how to use this new feature and watch a video demonstration of it.  Remember though, this new feature will not be available in Canvas until after it’s released on Saturday, October 5, 2013. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop