Month: March 2013

Assignments and Quizzes Change Their Look to Enable Varied Due Dates

Assignments and quizzes in Canvas have a new look to enable instructors to set varied due dates for each section of their course. Though the assignment and quiz interfaces look different, they contain essentially the same set of options.  Date fields have changed, but if you are not trying to set different due dates for different sections, just leave the default setting of “Everyone” as is when setting dates, and these features work as they always have.

The Varied Due Dates by Section feature could be very useful in a Canvas course containing two or more sections that meet on different days of the week or that have different formats (e.g. online and face-to-face.)  In general, students only see their own assignment dates, but the instructor sees an assignment entry for each section.  Instructors who would like to take advantage of the new feature can contact eLearning for guidance; the feature works well, but the process of setting varied due dates is not particularly intuitive. A preliminary look from Canvas can be found on the Varied Due Dates by Section page.

For more general help and support using Canvas, visit Canvas One Stop.  The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  You can see what’s going on there this week at our website.

Respondus 4.0 Training Webinars: March 27 & 28

We’re holding training webinars for creating content in Respondus 4.0 at the end of the month, and I hope you’ll join us.

These free sessions are only 45 minutes long and are a great opportunity for those who are new to Respondus 4.0. They are also perfect for someone who has used the software before but wants a refresher.

Webinar: Creating Content with Respondus 4.0 (45 minutes)

– Wednesday, March 27th at 2 p.m. ET – Register

– Thursday, March 28th at 4 p.m. ET – Register (Repeat Session)

The sessions will cover the following:

  • Overview of Respondus 4.0
  • Using the Import Wizard to bring in questions from other sources, including formatting tips for Word files
  • Copying items from other Respondus files from the Edit Tab
  • Accessing publisher test banks through the Respondus Test Bank Network
  • Using the Retrieval Tab to reuse and/or edit assessments already in your LMS
  • A chance to ask questions

Space is limited so I recommend signing up soon! Feel free to forward this invitation to instructors, instructional designers, or other support contacts who use or are interested in using Respondus 4.0

Access your files anywhere, anytime with Google Drive!

When Michigan Tech made the transition from Huskymail to Gmail, we also gained access to an entire suite of Google Apps.  You may already be using Gmail and Google Calendar, but have you checked out Google Drive yet?  Google Drive lets you store your files in a way that they can be accessed from anywhere. Your files are always available online at

You can also share files with others using Google Drive to collaborate on documents.  Anyone you want to share files with will need to have a Google account.  Google Drive lets you choose exactly who gets your files. Just share your file, folder, or Google Doc from any device.  You can grant others the ability to download and edit files you have shared, or share them in a read-only mode.  If you are sharing a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slide (presentation), everyone can work together on creating and editing the document in real time, and contributions can be tracked for each individual.

Those interested in learning more about Google Apps have several options.  The Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering a new workshop called Google Tools for Great Teaching, which will survey Google Drive and other apps, on March 21 and April 17.  You can also look over Google’s own documentation and instructions for using Google Drive at their Get Started with Google Drive site, and watch a video from c|net® called How to: Get Started with Google Drive for a nice overview of using Google Drive.

The CTL Tip of the Week is brought to you by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).  You can see what’s going on there this week, and register for the Google Tools for Great Teaching workshop, at our website.