Archives—December 2013

Update from Canvas: Brief (five-minute) maintenance event on Thursday, 12/19/13

Instructure
Canvas Status Update
Brief (five-minute) maintenance event scheduled for Thursday, 12/19 between 2:30 AM and 3:00 AM Eastern Time

Instructure will conduct a very brief (<15 minutes) preventative maintenance event between 2:30 AM and 3:00 AM Eastern Time on Thursday, 12/19/13 in order to apply critical upgrades to Canvas.  Users will be unable to access or use Canvas during the event.


Canvas Total Column now available for Grade Submission via Canvas and CourseTools

Instructors can submit grades via Banner Self-Service by going directly into Banner, entering your grades, and then clicking submit.  It is the quickest and easiest method for many instructors.  For those with larger class sizes or whose grades have already been totaled in Canvas, 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.

A new addition to the Grade Wizard this year is the availability of the Canvas Total column as a choice under the Canvas Grade Book Column drop-down menu.  The Final (Course Grade) column will still be the default choice, and you will still need to use that column in Canvas if you wish to manually edit final grades.  But if you already have all the correct letter grades for your students in your Canvas Total column, you can now proceed directly to the Grade Wizard and choose Total without having to transfer those grades to the Final (Course Grade) column first.

Refer to the Grade Submission Information & Resources page to access both the Guide to Submitting Grades via Banner, and the Guide to Submitting Grades via Canvas and CourseTools, to help you decide which method is best for you.  Both offer illustrated, step-by-step directions, video demonstrations, and additional information.

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


Turnitin Maintenance on Saturday, December 21st

iParadigms

Scheduled Maintenance on December 21st

Service Announcement

Hello,

Turnitin service may be intermittently unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, December 21st, 2013, from 7 to 11 AM U.S. Pacific Time (click for local time). An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

Thank you for working with us as we improve Turnitin.

Sincerely,

The Turnitin Team
www.turnitin.com

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Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas

Canvas uses Letter Grade Schemes to associate letter grades with a certain percentage range, and those ranges can be chosen and managed by instructors. Your Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 Canvas courses currently have a Default Final Column Grade Scheme enabled to work with the Total Column in your gradebook.  This is known as the course grading scheme.  The Default Final Column Grade Scheme is also attached to the “Final (Course Grade)” Assignment and gradebook column.

You can find out how to enable or not enable a course grading scheme on the page linked below, so you can choose whether or not your Total column also displays letter grades along with percentages.  You can also find out how to hide or reveal the Total column from your students there.  You may want to be able to use your own grading scheme, instead of the default one, as a course grading scheme, with various grade columns and assignments, or with the Final (Course Grade) Assignment and gradebook column (for submitting Final grades).  For more information and directions, refer to our Enable, Create, and Edit Letter Grading Schemes in Canvas page to access an eLearning screencast, Instructure Guides, and more.

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