Archives—September 2015

New Canvas Feature: Excuse a grade for a student

You can now use the Gradebook to excuse a student from an assignment, discussion, or quiz as needed. You can also excuse a student from a group assignment. Excused assignments are not calculated as part of a student’s total grade. When an assignment is excused, the assignment page and the student grade page will show the student that he or she has been excused from the assignment. Students cannot submit excused assignments.

To excuse a student you simply locate the student and the assignment you want to excuse in the Gradebook, click on that cell, type EX, then press the Enter key.  You can refer to this Canvas Instructor Guide  for illustrated directions.

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.


To Do List Links for Fall 2015 Canvas Courses

Your new Canvas course shells for teaching are ready to be used.  Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas courses become available there are a few things many instructors and instructional staff often want or need to do in Canvas.  We’ve included links to help you with a handful of them below.

You will probably need to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to remove any courses from previous semesters, and possibly add some course to that menu too. Instructors at Michigan Tech can use the Combine Canvas Sections tool on the CourseTools page to combine two or more BANNER sections into one Canvas course.  Go to Combining Canvas Sections for directions.  If you would like to copy the content in one of your previous Canvas courses into a new Fall 2015 Canvas course, you can do that too.  See Copying Content from Another Canvas Course to find out how.  If you would like to enroll a TA, additional instructors, etc. into your course, see Adding New Users to your Canvas Course.  And finally, you will need to Publish your Canvas course in order for your students to be able to see and access it.  See How do I publish my course? for directions.

You may just want some help or information, and the best place to start is Canvas One Stop.  From there you can Contact Support, find out about eLearning Walk-in Hours for Canvas Help, get quick links to online help resources, and more. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at Michigan Tech.