Category: Training

Revised Front Page in upcoming Spring 2016 Canvas Courses

A change has been made to the Front Page that will be used to create the new Canvas courses for Spring semester 2016.  This change has been implemented in order to provide a more resource-rich tool for instructors to utilize when starting to build their new courses for the upcoming semester.

It is important to note that this new front page is just a resource and cannot be used as the front page students will see in their Canvas course unless you delete all the content on it first.  Instructors will find the new front page simply contains links to help them pursue whichever home page option they choose before deleting the content on that page or simply deleting that page.  Many, if not most, instructors never actually used the current Front Page template because they simply used the Front Page they imported from one of their other Canvas courses, or used modules or the assignment list as their course home page.  Links to help instructors pursue any of those options can be found on the new course Front Page. Also, those who wish to use the front page template that contained the instructor information table will still be able to access and use it.  A link to a new resource we have created called the Michigan Tech Course Set-Up Directory can also be found on the new Front Page.  Follow the link to take a look at a copy of the New Front Page for Canvas Courses, and try out the resources on there that you might use, in advance of new Spring 2016 course creation.

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.


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 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.


Differentiated Assignments by Individual in Canvas

In Assignments, instructors now have the flexibility to differentiate assignments between individual students and select which students are required to complete specific tasks. When creating or editing an assignment, instructors can specify whether the assignment should be for everyone in the course, for specific sections, or for select individual students. Only the section(s) or student(s) specified in the assignment details can view the assignment. Varied due date functionality remains available for each assignment. This feature can also be used with the existing ability to create an assignment by section. If the assignment is not created for everyone, Canvas will notify the assignment creator that course sections have not been added to the assignment.

When instructors view their Gradebook, assignment grade cells are grayed out for students who have not been included in the assignment. Assignments that are not assigned to a student are not factored into the student’s overall grades, and cannot be seen by those students on the assignment list or accessed from other links. On the student grades page, students can only view assignments that are assigned to them, either individually or as part of a course section.

Follow the link to access an illustrated guide to Differentiated Assignments by Individual. You may also want to check out our previous tip on Varied Due Dates in Assignmentsto find out more about using them in conjunction with differentiated assignments.

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.


New Canvas Feature: Excuse a grade for a student

You can now use the Gradebook to excuse a student from an assignment, discussion, or quiz as needed. You can also excuse a student from a group assignment. Excused assignments are not calculated as part of a student’s total grade. When an assignment is excused, the assignment page and the student grade page will show the student that he or she has been excused from the assignment. Students cannot submit excused assignments.

To excuse a student you simply locate the student and the assignment you want to excuse in the Gradebook, click on that cell, type EX, then press the Enter key.  You can refer to this Canvas Instructor Guide  for illustrated directions.

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.


Introductory Canvas Workshop Series Available

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering a series of three introductory Canvas workshops at the beginning of Fall semester to help you get started building and designing your Canvas course(s). These workshops run approximately 50 minutes including time for additional questions.

CANVAS 101: INTRODUCTION TO CANVAS

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Log into Canvas and set profile and notifications
  • Navigate Canvas interface
  • Set home page, upload a file and post a syllabus
  • Create a basic page, module and assignment

ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADES IN CANVAS

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Build the grade book by building assignments
  • Establish assignment group structure
  • Build basic assignments
  • Use Canvas grading features

PAGES AND MODULES IN CANVAS

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Build a course structure using pages and/or modules
  • Build modules and utilize module features
  • Create Canvas pages and link internal and external content to them

USING THE ICLICKER RESPONSE SYSTEM

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Setup and use iClicker in classes.
  • Use iClicker questions to check preparation, formatively assess understanding, and provide student motivation.
  • Guide students to register, setup and use i>clicker remotes
  • Download iClicker data into Excel and Canvas

VIDEO TOOLS FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use Panopto-Huskycast video platform as the repository of the course video content. 
  • Have familiarity with the techniques and available technologies (such as Canvas built-in video recording capability, Camtasia, Jing, Panopto-Huskycast Recorder ) to create, edit and provide access to video content in your Canvas courses.

You can see specific dates and times for each workshop offering and register on the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning’s (CTL) Events and Workshops page. Individual consultations are also available for those wishing to address more advanced topics in Canvas, or who would like to work with CTL staff on other instructional tools, topics, and techniques. Find out more on the CTL’s Consultations page. For more general information or help with Canvas at Michigan Tech, be sure to visit Canvas One Stop, where you can find out about eLearning Walk-In Hours, access online guides and tutorials, and more. This CTL Tip is brought to you by the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).


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.


Use Canvas Modules to deliver course content with precision

Modules allow you to organize your content to help control the flow of your course. They are used to organize course content by weeks, chapters, content type, or a different organizational structure that works for your course. With modules, you are essentially creating a one-directional linear flow of what you would like your students to do.

Each module can contain files, discussions, web links, assignments, quizzes, and other learning materials that you would like to use. You can easily add items to your module that you have already created in the course, or create new content shells within the modules. Modules, and items within modules, can be easily organized using the drag and drop feature, and they can be published and unpublished individually or by module.

You can use Modules to:

  • Create prerequisite activities that students must complete before moving on in the course
  • Track student progress through a sequence of learning activities

Some of the features of modules you can use include:

  • Set Modules to be locked until a given date
  • Require students to move through a module in a sequential order
  • Set parameters that define when a module item is complete like “viewed the item,” “submitted the assignment,” “scored at least,” etc.
  • Require students to complete one module before accessing the next
  • View student progress in modules

You can check out the Canvas Instructor Guide’s Modules chapter to learn more about them, and visit this page to watch screencasts about using modules 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


Turnitin Maintenance on Saturday, July 26th

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Scheduled Maintenance on July 26th, 2014
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Turnitin service will be unavailable during a scheduled maintenance period on Saturday, July 26th, 2014, from Noon to Midnight. We will be making significant upgrades to improve capacity and scalability as our service utilization grows. An announcement will appear for users within Turnitin in advance of when the system will be unavailable for this scheduled maintenance. This maintenance will affect Turnitin and TurnitinUK users.

Instructors are encouraged to modify assignment due dates either before or at least several hours after the scheduled maintenance window.

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Upcoming Canvas LIVE Web Sessions

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  • Mobile Series: Canvas Mobile 2.0 for iPad, Android, iPhone

    Join the Canvas Mobile Product Team for a closer look at Mobile 2.0 features. Discover the new Dashboard, Grade Peek, Course and Global Notifications, Course Home Pages, Modules, Quizzes, and External Apps.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton and Canvas Mobile Team
    Audience: All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)
    Level: Introductory

    Sessions:

    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 13, 2013 at 1pm MST

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    A Tour of the Canvas Conference Tool (BigBlueButton)

    Ever used the conference tool in Canvas? Want to try? This session will give participants a tour of the Conference button in Canvas and offer tips and suggestions on best ways to leverage conferences in your courses.

    Facilitator: Jordan Dayton, Instructure with Frederick Dixon from BigBlueButton
    Audience: All (Instructors, Course designers, Admins, Support)
    Level: Introductory

    Sessions:

    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9am MST
    Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1pm MST

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