Archives—October 2015

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. If you haven’t made any changes yet, your Canvas courses will 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 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.

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Differentiated Assignments by Individual in Canvas

In Assignments, instructors now have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between individual students and select which students are required to complete specific tasks. When creating or editing an assignment, instructors can specify whether the assignment should be for everyone in the course, for specific sections, or for select individual students. Only the section(s) or student(s) specified in the assignment details can view the assignment. Varied due date functionality remains available for each assignment. This feature can also be used with the existing ability to create an assignment by section. If the assignment is not created for everyone, Canvas will notify the assignment creator that course sections have not been added to the assignment.

When instructors view their Gradebook, assignment grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the assignment. Assignments that are not assigned to a student are not factored into the student’s overall grades, and cannot be seen by those students on the assignment list or accessed from other links. On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that are assigned to them, either individually or as part of a course section.

Follow the link to access an illustrated guide to Differentiated Assignments by Individual. You may also want to check out our previous tip on Varied Due Dates in Assignmentsto find out more about using them in conjunction with differentiated assignments.

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.


Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas

Canvas is continually creating new features and changing or modifying others every three weeks as part of Instructure’s attempts to continually improve the user experience. The majority of improvements and changes simply become part of Canvas as part of their regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. This allows the instructor to be able to learn about these features at their own pace by enabling or not enabling the new feature. After a specified period of time, Feature Options will become standard features in Canvas.

We’ll be discussing new features you can choose to enable or not In future weekly tips. You can find out how to enable available new features in your Canvas course at How do I manage new features for my course? You may also want to check out What Feature Options are currently available for my Canvas course? to find out more about course feature options in Canvas.

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.