#TBT: Shortcut for Adding/Editing Due Dates in Canvas

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from August 5, 2014:

If you have successfully imported a course from Angel into Canvas, you most likely  Updated 10/20/2016 (Denise’s birthday!): For any number of reasons you may have a loooooong list of items with no due dates or the wrong due dates. While you are perfectly free to go into each and every assignment, quiz, discussion, etc, and edit the dates one by one, there is a faster way!

View this short video (less than three minutes!) to learn how to save valuable time!

No Due Dates Quick

HBO Documentaries Now Free to Use in Class – Even in Online Courses!

Guest post from Karen Becker, Director Miner Memorial Library

HBO has been added to the list of producers that provide content to Films on Demand! Films on Demand is a video streaming database that provides access to over 25,000 titles (available in full-length or segments). Just a few of the other producers available:

What’s the benefit of accessing videos through Films on Demand?

  • FREE, and no copyright/licensing issues to worry about (even outside the classroom).
  • Content is easily linked or embedded within Canvas, either individual videos or custom playlists you create.
  • Transcripts and closed captioning are available for most videos.
  • A “calendar” feature has been added, which allows users to browse content by month and event.

Check out the Films on Demand tutorial LibGuide for more information on how to use this resource in your classes!

#TBT: Reminder – You Don’t Need to Re-Add Dropped Students Anymore!

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from June 28, 2016:

Friendly reminder: We have enabled a new feature in Canvas that eliminates the need to add dropped students back to your roster! Dropped students will now remain on your roster labeled as “inactive.”

How will this work?

  • If a student is withdrawn or removed from an official course roster PRIOR to the official course start date, they are removed from the Canvas roster.
  • If a student is withdrawn or removed from an official course roster (for any reason) AFTER the official course start date, they remain on the Canvas roster as INACTIVE.

What does inactive state mean?

Inactive Students:

  • remain on the course roster (People tab) so that instructors can view prior activity in the course.
  • cannot participate in the course
  • cannot be assigned to groups
  • are included in roll call attendance reports
  • can appear in the Gradebook along with all grades – Click the Settings drop-down menu, then select the Show Inactive Enrollments link
  • do not continue to display in dropout detective

Help Resources

Retrieve Canvas Grades for Inactive Students (PDF)

Screencast Demo

#TBT: Nooooo! How to UNdelete a Canvas Activity

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from September 16, 2016:

We’ve all been there – you click yes in response to “Are you sure…” two, three, four times, then realize you made a mistake and deleted something that you really need! Have no fear, there is a way to retrieve almost anything you have removed. Follow  these quick steps  to restore your Canvas activity – and your peace of mind!

#TBT: Benefits of Using Audio Feedback

Continuing with Throwback Thursday, from October 27, 2014:

One challenge that online instructors face is making personal connections with their students; building relationships online is a much different process than in person. Recent research suggests that instructors’ use of audio feedback, in the form of whole class announcements or individual evaluations, helps to mitigate the disconnected feelings that students experience in their online courses.

Specific benefits of using audio feedback found were:

  • Increased positive perception of instructors – students who received audio feedback rated instructors significantly higher on their course evaluations on the dimension of instructor concern for student success
  • More time efficient for instructors – on average, audio feedback took 3.81 minutes per student, versus 13.42 minutes for written feedback
  • More accessible to students – the authors found that students were 10 times more likely to listen to audio feedback than to read written feedback

In addition to these intriguing findings, the authors also specifically mention Canvas as an LMS that makes the process of providing audio feedback quick and easy for instructors (and no, the study was not funded by Instructure)!

So why not try it out? There are some really nice headsets with microphones available for checkout from the Miner Memorial Library (see all the cool presentation equipment available here), and you can click on the links below to see a demonstration of how to include audio feedback in your Canvas courses.

How to Create an Audio Announcement in Canvas

How to Add Audio Feedback in Canvas

L355 student worker Jackie Daniels models the latest in audio technology fashion, available for check out from the library!

L355 student worker Jackie Daniels models the latest in audio technology fashion, available for checkout from the library!

Rubrics for Canvas Discussions and Quizzes

You know that you can utilize rubrics in Speedgrader to assess assignments submitted online, but did you know that you can also add them to discussions and quizzes? This is not only a time-saving feature, but provides the additional benefits of ensuring consistent assessment for all students as well as enabling you to provide the students with specific feedback on their work.

Discussion Boards: To add a rubric to a discussion board, click the gear icon next to the “Edit” button after you have saved your discussion, then select “Add Rubric.” Once the discussion is published, students will be able to view the rubric by clicking on the gear icon at the top of the prompt (or the grades tab in the mobile app); they will be able to view completed rubrics from their grades page, just like on assignments. On the instructor end, you will be able to view the rubric in Speedgrader like you would any other assignment, and the calculated grade will pass into the gradebook when you click Save.

Add rubric option in gear icon menu


Quizzes: To add a rubric to a quiz, again click the gear icon next to the “Edit” button after you have saved your quiz, then select “Add Rubric.” Canvas will auto-grade all questions with pre-selected answers, and leave the open-ended questions for you to grade. Quizzes will open in Speedgrader just like an assignment, at which point you can view the rubric. Students will be able to view completed rubrics from their grades tab, just like on assignments. Three helpful hints for quiz rubrics:

1. You can only attach one rubric, so if you will be evaluating multiple questions in this manner, you will need to repeat your criteria for each question on the same rubric.

2. Students will not be able to view the rubric until you have graded the quiz; you may want to consider adding a screenshot of the rubric into the question itself:


3. After saving the rubric scores, you will need to enter the score earned next to each of the short answer questions, and click “Update Scores” for the points to be awarded in the gradebook.

quiz update


Join us next Tuesday (9/27) for a CanvasLIVE presentation at 2pm in D213

The Teaching and Learning Center will be connecting to the live presentation Faculty Tips and Tricks: Hints and Reminders from Peers for Getting the Most out of Canvas presented by Elisabeth Greenwood from the Univesity of Central Florida’s Center for Distributed Learning.  We invite all faculty to join us for both the presentation and discussion afterward.

Program Description: One of your most valuable resources are your colleagues, especially the ones ahead of the pack, testing things out and smoothing the way for those who follow their lead. These tips and tricks are compiled from UCF faculty, often in their own words, of things that work (or didn’t work!) for them in Canvas. Often these are one-time settings that are easy to forget from one term to the next. What started as a one-time, ten-item checklist has grown to a developed resource and links to UCF materials that are available to everyone online. (1 hour)