Archives—February 2017

Totals in students’ grades summary hidden by default in Canvas Courses

The check box under the More Options link in Course Settings for “Hide totals in student grades summary” is checked by default.  This formerly just hid the scores and grades displayed in the Total column from students, but due to a product release change initiated by Instructure it now also causes the Assignment Group totals to be hidden.  Prior to this change even if you left the grades and scores in the Total column hidden from students, they could still see a current percentage score for each Assignment Group, giving them an easy way to quickly determine the percentage that would be displayed in the Total column anyway.

If you would like to display Assignment Group and Total scores and grades to your students, you will need to uncheck the box.  Directions for accessing it can be found at How do I hide totals in my students’ grade summaries?  Just be aware you are going there to “unhide” rather than hide these totals. While you are there, be sure to take a look at the other choices made for your Canvas course under the More Options link.  These default choices effect the behavior of discussions, announcements, and more, as well what grade information is displayed to students.

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


New Options for Honorifics in NameCoach: Dr. and Prof.

Michigan Tech just recently added the NameCoach integration into Canvas.  This tool allows students, instructors, and TA’s to use the NameCoach Recorder to record an audio pronunciation of their names and select the pronouns, such as hers or him, and honorifics, such as Ms. or Mr., they wish to be used when referring to them.  The NameCaoch integration also provides the NameCoach Roster, where everyone can hear the recordings and see the selections made others in their class.

We received feedback from instructors and staff that they would like the options of ‘Dr.’ and ‘Prof.’ to be added to the list of choices on the honorifics menu.  We passed this request on to the folks at NameCoach and are happy to announce that ‘Dr.’ and ‘Prof.’ have now been added.  If you have already used the NameCoach Recorder and would like to update your honorific, simply click “Edit this NameGuide” in the NameCoach Recorder in any of your Canvas courses.  If you haven’t used NameCoach yet, be sure to check it out!

The NameCoach integration has been co-sponsored by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), who brings you the CTL Tip of the Week, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.