Archives—March 2016

New User Interface coming to Canvas this Summer

A new, modernized user interface (UI) for Canvas is coming this summer.  First debuted by Instructure last summer, the new UI is cleaner and more contemporary and is designed to provide an updated look and feel and improved navigation.  “The refreshed Canvas user interface makes it even more intuitive and easier for teachers and students to use,” said Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Education at Instructure.

The change to the new Canvas UI will take place at Michigan Tech on June 25, 2016 in between summer session tracks A and B. Michigan Tech users should not fear any substantial changes in their Canvas workflows, and instead just expect a change in the way things look.  The global navigation menu has a new appearance and is located on the left side of the page instead of the top, and the user dashboard will also have a different look featuring dynamic course cards.

More Michigan Tech-specific user documentation and tutorials will become available in the near future so users here can get a chance to see the new Ui and learn more about it before the end of Spring Semester.  Visit our New UI First Look Resources page for current videos and user guides from Instructure demonstrating the new Canvas UI.

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.


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.

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.