Archives—September 2016

Student Attendance View Added to Canvas Roll Call Attendance Tool

The new feature coming to the Canvas Roll Call Attendance tool which was previously delayed has now been enabled and will allow students to view their attendance as part of the Attendance assignment submission details page. This idea originated as a Canvas Community Feature Request that instructors right here at Michigan Tech had also asked for and voted on.

Students can access Attendance submission details from the Grades page too.  Submission details display attendance statistics in the course. Students can view the total number of days they were graded on attendance in the attendance graph.  They can view the specific number of days they have been late, absent, and on time within the total. Students can view the date and day of the week they were marked late or absent below the graph.  The first time students access the submission details they will be asked to authorize the app for their account.

You can follow this Canvas Roll Call Attendance Tool link to find out more about it.  Personnel at Instructure must enable the Canvas Roll Call Attendance Tool by request for each course instructors would like to use it in.  To request it, send an email with a subject line of “Request Canvas Roll Call Attendance Tool“ containing your name, the name of your Canvas course(s) as it appears in Canvas, and the URL/web page address of the course home page (example: mtu.insturcture.com/courses/1234567/) to it-help@mtu.edu.  We will then pass that request on to Instructure and they will add the tool to your Canvas course(s).

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.


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 three free response questions. Fall 2016 Canvas Courses contain a sample Early Term Survey with those three questions 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 find more ways to get help building surveys and quizzes in Canvas 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). For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


Course Set-Up Directory and Link Validator

One of the informational links provided on the home page of new Canvas course shells is the link to the Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory on the bottom of the page.  We think you will find this checklist of links to things you may likely need to do when getting a new Canvas course ready to be a useful tool.

One of the items on the Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory is a new feature Canvas recently introduced which helps course instructors validate the links in their Canvas course.  The tool is one of the buttons on the right sidebar of the course Settings page called Validate Links in Content. You can follow the link to find out more about the tool.

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.