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Instructor Training from Respondus

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“Instructor Training for Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content”

Learn how to save time by creating and managing your online exams with Respondus 4, including importing test questions from Word files, using official publisher test banks, and more. The session is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

Michigan Tech has a campus-wide license for Respondus.  If you’d like to have I.T. User Services install Respondus 4.0 on your computer you can Contact Support.

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 type their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit, and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires 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, so there’s no longer any need to copy scores out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page. Instructors and instructional staff can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops, and as always, can contact support, get online help, and utilize our eLearning Walk-In Hours for Canvas help, all available 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).

Canvas Rich Content Editor to be Upgraded

The Rich Content Editor (RCE) in Canvas is scheduled to receive an update this weekend. Instructors and course designers encounter the RCE when creating and editing Pages in Canvas, as well as when creating and editing Announcements, Assignments, and more.

The RCE has been updated with the most recent interface design and ultimately the update provides more backend functionality to support future upgrades. The main feature of this upgrade includes better support for creating and deleting tables. Users can easily add, merge, and split table cells without having to switch to the HTML Editor. Rows can be added, copied, and pasted anywhere in the table. Beneath the RCE window, users can view HTML elements for any selected content. This feature is beneficial for users who work with HTML and want to view or confirm placement of content. You can find some more information along with illustrations and a screencast to provide you with a preview on eLearning’s Canvas RCE Update 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.

Creative Canvas Course Contest (C-4)

This spring semester the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning will host an “explosive” program intended to showcase the most effective, intuitive, and helpful Canvas Courses at Michigan Tech.  The third-annual C-4 competition will focus on Canvas courses that are intuitive and easy to navigate, feature good course design, provide convenient access to information and materials students need, and offer resources and activities that help students succeed in the class.

Studnts, faculty, or chairs can nominate a spring term course for C-4 in just seconds by entering the instructor name, course name, and reason the course deserves recognition.  Nomination
s should be entered on this form no later than pril 11, 2015 for consideration.

The CTLC4explosion Tip of the Week is brught 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.

TurnItIn Service Announcement: Recent Website Access Issues

Over the last three days, Turnitin has been the target of an extensive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack with the intent of taking down the service. A DDoS attack tries to overload the connection to our servers, rendering the Turnitin website unavailable to visitors. Our network team has been largely successful in combating the attacks, though the attempts have occasionally succeeded in causing intermittent service disruptions, slow service response times and other network issues. While these attacks have created intermittent connectivity issues, the attacks have not compromised server storage or data integrity.  Tii logo

Below, we’ve included some basic troubleshooting steps for those encountering issues accessing Turnitin.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Avoid using any links to the Turnitin service and instead type in the address “http://go.turnitin.com/e/45292/login-page-asp/3nxjq/307149707″ into the web browser (or http://go.turnitin.com/e/45292/login-page-asp/3nxjs/307149707 for UK users).
  • Attempt to access the Turnitin service from a different internet connection (Ex. from home, a library, a cellular data network, etc.)
  • Clear your web browser’s cookies and cache.

Our network team will continue to work to defend against these attacks. For ongoing updates, please visit our System Status page to sign up for email alerts and check our Known Turnitin Service Issues and Notifications page. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sincerely,

The Turnitin Team
www.turnitin.com

 

Get a New Perspective in Canvas with Student View

Canvas has a Student View feature available to those enrolled as Teachers, TA’s, and Course Designers.  You can access the Student View button from the right sidebar menu of the Settings screen.  For directors, click on How do I access Student View?

Use Student View to see the course as if you were a student in the course. While in student view the teacher can turn in assignment submissions and see grades and course content as a student would.  “Test Student” cannot participate in discussions or be a member of a group. Student view also provides a Test Student in the grade book starting the first time you click on the Student View button.  You can use Test Student’s row in the grade book to enter sample grades and see their effect.

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.

Redesign for Better File Browsing in Canvas

Instructure has redesigned Files in Canvas for a more improved user experience. The new Files redesign allows users to view more details about their files, manage editing permissions, and preview files. In addition, Files is fully accessible for all keyboard users and screen readers. Files is now fully searchable by file name, is built with responsive design to adjust for browser scaling, and files can now be uploaded and previewed without the use of Flash. For each file, users can view and sort files by name, the date the file was created and modified, the name of the person who modified the file (if modified by another user), and the size of the file. Files can also be published and unpublished from within the Files tool.

Better File Browsing is currently a course-level feature option, meaning instructors, on a course-by-course basis, can enable it if they choose and must enable it to use it. You can refer back to Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas for details and instruction. Also, there are lot’s more features and changes in the new Files. You can watch an eLearning screencast providing a video tour of, and instructions about, the new Files interface, and read more illustrated guides and documentation from Instructure on our Files 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.

Enabling Course Feature Options in Canvas

Canvas is continually creating new features and changing or modifying others every three weeks as part of Instructure’s attempts to continually improve the user experience. The majority of improvements and changes simply become part of Canvas as part of their regular release cycle. However, some features may change the workflow for common activities in Canvas during your current term and will be placed in your Course Settings as a Feature Option. This allows the instructor to be able to learn about these features at their own pace by enabling or not enabling the new feature. After a specified period of time, Feature Options will become standard features in Canvas.

We’ll be discussing new features you can choose to enable or not In future weekly tips. You can find out how to enable available new features in your Canvas course at How do I manage new features for my course? You may also want to check out What Feature Options are currently available for my Canvas course? to find out more about course feature options 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.

Submitting 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 type their grades directly into BanWeb, click submit, and be finished!

Grade submission through Canvas requires 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, so there’s no longer any need to copy grades out of the Total column, unless you want to “tweak” them.

Information and instructions can be accessed on eLearning’s Electronic Grade Submission Information & Resources page. Instructors can also attend one of the two grade submission workshops, and are also encouraged to utilize eLearning Walk-In Hours, available on Canvas One Stop, to get help. The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the William G. Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

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. Your Fall 2014 Canvas courses currently 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 can use your own grading scheme, instead of the default one, as the course grading scheme, and with various grade columns and assignments, like the Final (Course Grade) Assignment and gradebook column.  Since instructors can now use the Total Column in their Canvas gradebook to submit final grades from CourseTools, having your own, accurate letter grading scheme in use is more important than ever.  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.