Archives—February 2014

Submit Mid-Term Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting 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!

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes or courses where grades are already entered 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.”

Mid-Term grades only need to be submitted for first year students and only SA and UN grades can be used. Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page.

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


Redesign to Course Imports in Canvas Coming

Many, if not most, Michigan Tech instructors copy content into their new, blank Canvas courses before each new semester from one of their previous Canvas courses.  This allows them to reuse content and formatting choices and avoid building things twice.  Importing content into Canvas courses is also often used at any time to bring individual tests, modules, pages, etc. from one course into another without rebuilding.

Instructure will be implementing a redesign to their Canvas course imports interface around the time of our Spring Break.  The “Select migration content” option has been redesigned within Course Imports. When instructors copy or import courses and choose to select the course content, Canvas will no longer select all content by default.  Many found this to be annoying since they had to manually uncheck everything they didn’t want to import one item at a time, and others often unintentionally imported everything when they only wanted certain items.  You can see more about the redesign to the course import interface on this page, and check out Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to learn how to import course content.

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


Early Term Course Surveys in Canvas

Both the Provost and the University Senate (policy 505.1) advocate distributing an early term survey during the fourth or fifth week of the term to direct and improve instruction. This anonymous survey has traditionally been done on paper during class time, but it can also be done using Canvas.  Using Canvas saves class time, provides more legible feedback, and allows faculty to quickly see survey results and statistics.

The senate policy suggests two free response questions: “What is good about this course?” and “How could it be better?”  The template for Spring 2014 Canvas Courses contains a sample Early Term Survey for faculty to use as is, or modify and use.  All you would have to do is publish the survey if you would like to use it as is.

You can watch an eLearning screencast and look over the Canvas Instructor Guide’s Quizzes Chapter on our Early Term Surveys Canvas page, and faculty can stop by eLearning walk-in hours for help building surveys and quizzes in Canvas. 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


Upcoming Canvas LIVE Web Sessions

There is a new topic Join us for Canvas LIVE! February 2013 in forum ‘Community Activities and Announcements’


  • Mobile Series: Canvas Mobile 2.0 for iPad, Android, iPhone

    Join the Canvas Mobile Product Team for a closer look at Mobile 2.0 features. Discover the new Dashboard, Grade Peek, Course and Global Notifications, Course Home Pages, Modules, Quizzes, and External Apps.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton and Canvas Mobile Team
    Audience:
    All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)
    Level:
    Introductory

    Sessions:

    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 1pm MST

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    A Tour of the Canvas Conference Tool (BigBlueButton)

    Ever used the conference tool in Canvas? Want to try? This session will give participants a tour of the Conference button in Canvas and offer tips and suggestions on best ways to leverage conferences in your courses.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton, Instructure with Frederick Dixon from BigBlueButton
    Audience: All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)
    Level: Introductory

    Sessions:

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1pm MST

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A new “Notes” Column coming to your Canvas Grade Book

Instructors can use a new Notes column in their Canvas Gradebook to keep track of extra information in their course, such as student group membership, student number, or just general student notes. This feature has been the second-most-requested feature by Canvas users, and the folks at Instructure say they hope it helps with your course management.

To show the Notes column in the Gradebook, click the Gear icon in the Gradebook drop-down menu and select the Show Notes Column link. When the column is shown, Gear icon drop-down option will change to Hide Notes Column.  To make a comment in the notes, click the note field for the appropriate student and type into the text box. Click the Save button to save your note. The note field allows up to 255 characters.  You can see some illustrated instructions on using the new Notes column and see a video demonstration from Instructure on eLearning’s Gradebook Notes Column page.

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