Archives—April 2015

Submit Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. They can be submitted electronically either via Canvas and CourseTools, or via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems. Instructors can simply type their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit, and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes, and for courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades need to be entered or uploaded in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using the Grade Wizard on “Coursetools.” Those who have the correct letter grades for their students in their Canvas Total column can choose that column in the first step of the Grade Wizard, so there’s no longer any need to copy scores out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page. Instructors and instructional staff can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops, and as always, can contact support, get online help, and utilize our eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas help, all available on Canvas One Stop. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).


Canvas Rich Content Editor to be Upgraded

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas is scheduled to receive an update this weekend. Instructors and course designers encounter the RCE when creating and editing Pages in Canvas, as well as when creating and editing Announcements, Assignments, and more.

The RCE has been updated with the most recent interface design and ultimately the update provides more backend functionality to support future upgrades. The main feature of this upgrade includes better support for creating and deleting tables. Users can easily add, merge, and split table cells without having to switch to the HTML Editor. Rows can be added, copied, and pasted anywhere in the table. Beneath the RCE window, users can view HTML elements for any selected content. This feature is beneficial for users who work with HTML and want to view or confirm placement of content. You can find some more information along with illustrations and a screencast to provide you with a preview on eLearning’s Canvas RCE Update page.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. 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.