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Submit Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

Instructors have two choices for submitting grades. They can be submitted electronically either via Canvas and CourseTools, or via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems. Instructors can simply enter their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit, and be finished.

Grade submission through Canvas requires just a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes, and for courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades need to be entered or uploaded in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using the Grade Wizard on “Coursetools.” Those who have the correct letter grades for their students in their Canvas Total column can choose that column in the first step of the Grade Wizard by choosing ‘final_grade’ from the Change Canvas Grade Book Column menu (click here for directions), so there’s no longer any need to copy scores out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Instructors can contact support, access online guides and tutorials, get hours and location for eLearning Walk-In Hours, and access eLearning’s Grade Submission Information & Resources page for information and instructions on Canvas One Stop. Instructors and instructional staff can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops this week and next. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).


To Do List Links for new Spring 2017 Canvas Courses

The new Canvas course shells for teaching Spring 2017 course are scheduled to be available by Thanksgiving break.  Once the upcoming semester’s Canvas course shells 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 may want to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to add and remove courses from that menu both now and at the beginning of the new semester. 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.  You’ll want to do this first before doing any building or importing, and be sure to choose “YES” to both of the options you are presented with when using the Combine Sections tool. 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 Spring 2017 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 can also check out the new Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory, on the temporary home page of all new Canvas courses created for Spring 2016 courses.

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 face-to-face help, get quick links to online help resources, and more. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).


Turnitin® Integration in Canvas to be Upgraded over Winter Break

Michigan Tech has a contract with TurnItIn® to use their service. TurnItIn’s OriginalityCheck® helps instructors check students’ work for improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against their text comparison database.  When a file is submitted, TurnItIn (Tii) shows how much of the student’s paper matches content from their databases so instructors can quickly understand how much of the paper is unoriginal.

Turnitin’s integration into the Canvas Assignments tool has been modernized to comply with the current industry standard for these types of integrations: Learning Tools Interoperability, or LTI.  This means TurnItIn will stop supporting our current Canvas-Tii integration at the end of 2016 and Michigan Tech will need to switch over to their new LTI integration.  Read TurnItIn’s official statement covering the change to see the full explanation about how and why this change was initiated by them.

There will not be in gap in user access to Tii in Canvas, but there will be some noticeable interface changes once we make the switch.  The new Canvas-Tii LTI integration makes Tii function as an external tool in Canvas, requiring instructors to choose External Tool as the submission type when creating and editing Assignments in Canvas.  You can watch Tii’s short videos How Instructors Create a Turnitin LTI Assignment and How Students Submit a Document to see these user interface changes first-hand.  The new LTI integration provides for full and easy access to TurnItIn’s additional full suite tools: GradeMark®PeerMarkTurnItIn Rubrics, and their Feeback Studio, along with OriginalityCheck®.  Instructure’s Canvas Guides have already been updated so that instructions for using Tii in Canvas describe using the new LTI integration. You can see How do I enable TurnItIn for an Assignment? for an additional look at what’s to come.

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.


Submit Mid-Term Grades via Banner or Canvas and Coursetools

nstructors have two choices for submitting grades. Mid-Term (and Final) grades can be submitted electronically either via Canvas, OR via Banner Self Service.  Banner Self Service is the simpler of the two systems; instructors can enter grades directly, click submit, and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires a couple more steps. It is often most beneficial for larger classes or courses where grades are already entered in Canvas or another spreadsheet program.  Grades will need to be entered or uploaded into the “Mid-Term” column in Canvas first, and then extracted from Canvas and submitted to Banner using “Coursetools.”

Mid-Term grades are due Monday, October 17, at 12 noon.  They only need to be submitted for first year students and only SA or UN grades can be used. Grade submission information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page.

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.


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.


Canvas Introductory Workshop Series offered the next four weeks

The William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will be offering the three-part Canvas Introductory Workshop series for instructors and instructional staff over the next four weeks.  The three workshops in the series are:

  • Canvas 101: Introduction to Canvas
  • Pages & Modules in Canvas
  • Assignments & Grades in Canvas

The series gives instructors and others who will be building Canvas courses the basic information necessary to create a basic Canvas course. Each workshop is conducted in a 50-minute block between five minutes after and five minutes before the hour, and offers attendees an opportunity to work hands-on in Canvas during the workshop.  Participants are encouraged to take Canvas 101 first, and then take the next two workshops as they fit your schedule after.

Those interested in attending can find out more and register on the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)‘s website. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop.


New User Interface coming to Canvas this Summer, part II

As we pointed out previously, a new, modernized user interface (UI) for Canvas is coming to Michigan Tech on June 25, 2016. Instructure provided attendees of InstructureCON the very first look at the new Canvas UI last summer.  Since then some institutions chose to adopt the new UI as soon as possible, others switched over to it very recently, while many others, including us, chose to wait until closer to the end of the adoption window in order to allow time for the new UI to get tested and receive it’s first round of improvements and bug fixes.  The new Canvas UI is intended to provide users with a cleaner and more contemporary interface that enhances the look and feel of Canvas and improves navigation and scalability.

We’ve put out these Tech Today articles now to ensure everyone has a chance to find out about the new Canvas UI and get a first look at it before the end of spring semester.  Michigan Tech-specific user guides and video tutorials, along with Instructor guides from Instructure, are available on our New UI First Look Resources page.

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 Summer 2016 Canvas Courses

The new Canvas course shells for teaching Summer 2016 course are now available. 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 may want to Customize your Courses drop-down menu to add and remove courses from that menu both now and at the beginning of the new semester. 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. You’ll want to do this first before doing any building or importing, and be sure to choose “YES” to both of the options you are presented with when using the Combine Sections tool. 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 Summer 2016 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 can also check out the new  Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory, on the temporary home page of all new Canvas courses created for Summer 2016 courses.

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 face-to-face 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).