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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).


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.


Instructure implements Enhancements to Analytics Graphs

 

Analytics

Graph Enhancements

Account, course, and user analytics graphs have been improved for accessibility and readability; changes do not affect current functionality.

The Activity by Date graphs show the number of page views and participation activity by date. The graphs have been changed to display light and dark bars for contrast instead of bars with similar brightness. Specific participations and page views can be viewed by hovering over the date.

In the Courses page, all explanatory text that was shown to the left side of each graph has been replaced with a summary key directly above the graph. Additionally, because the page includes breadcrumb text, the course name at the top of the page has also been removed for redundancy.

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The Submissions graphs use different colors and shapes to distinguish missing, late, and on-time assignment submissions. Specific percentages for each submission status can be viewed by hovering over the assignment. The Courses page shows submissions for all students; the users page shows the submissions for each individual student, as well as future assignments that are not due yet.

Courses Page

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Users Page

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The Grades graphs have a more simplified Y axis with fewer point lines only displayed on the left side of the graph. The percentile color has also been updated for better accessibility contrast. The users page shows individual performance for each and whether the student received a good, fair, or poor grade.

Courses Page

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 Users Page

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In the Courses page, the individual student graph at the end of the page has been replaced with numerical data. Submission data is identified individually as the number of assignments that were on time, late, or missing. Data also includes the student’s current score in the course. The page views, participations, and current score columns can be filtered in ascending or descending order.

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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 two free response questions: “What about this course, or my teaching, is helping you to learn?” and “What could I change about this course, or my teaching, that would improve your learning?” Spring 2016 Canvas Courses contain a sample Early Term Survey 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 stop by eLearning walk-in hours for help building surveys and quizzes 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.