How to: Set up group assignments

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Canvas group assignments allow two or more students to submit or demonstrate collaborative work, receive shared feedback and grades, or receive individual feedback and grades. * A group Discussion is a discussion that is confided to a specific group of students. Groups cannot see one another’s posts. A graded group Discussion is still an individual activity that is marked individually.  … Read More

Canvas Video Capture

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Canvas has a marvellous tool in the editor that creates a video from your webcam, places it where you are editing and saves it to the Arc repository. This is potentially the easiest way to create welcome videos except that it requires your browser flash player to be up to date. Every time I have gone to demonstrate this feature in … Read More

How to: grade students anonymously

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There might be times when, as a teacher, you might like to mark students assessment without knowing who has submitted them.  Simply, Canvas allows you to hide the students name in SpeedGrader.   To hide student names from Speedgrader, follow the instructions below: This Canvas function is equivalent to Blackboard’s Anonymous Grading function which was found in the Grade Centre. 524 … Read More

Tips & tricks for managing and grading Canvas Assignments

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Following are a selection of tips for using Assignments and Gradebook. If you know of other tricks, mistakes to avoid, or ways to make the most of Assignments and the Gradebook, please share them in the Comments below. For general how-to information on assessment and feedback in Canvas, see Canvas Help: Feedback & Assessment. Mute assignments until you’re ready to release … Read More

How to: Grade an assignment using Speedgrader

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Speedgrader is the Canvas marking tool which allows you to view, annotate, comment on, and grade student assignment submissions online. In addition to grading online submissions, Speedgrader can also be used to provide comments and grades on work that is not submitted online (in-class presentations or paper-based submissions, for example). Speedgrader is built upon the same functionality as the Blackboard … Read More

How to: Moderate a Quiz

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Once a quiz has been published, you will be able to moderate it.  The moderation tool allows teachers to view the following student usage data: Based on the analysis of the information displayed, you can give students extra attempts or extra time to complete the quiz or manually unlock quiz attempts.   To moderate a quiz, follow these steps below: Blackboard … Read More

How to: Get started with Canvas for sessional staff

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Recently we travelled to Singapore and Hong Kong to deliver training we’d developed for sessional and support staff teaching RMIT programs. The training comprised a three hour, face-to-face, hands-on session covering the following canvas functions: It was supported by a series of short pre-training activities designed to demonstrate Canvas functionality from a student perspective, and post-training follow-up answers to questions … Read More

How to: Send a message to students from the Gradebook

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You can send messages to students directly from the Gradebook, based on the status of their assignment or their performance.  This tool can be really handy when marking students’ work.  Please note that the subject of the message will be automatically set according to what how you filter the students with the following available categories: (a) Haven’t submitted yet (b) … Read More