How to: Create a rubric in Canvas

Emma YenchAssessment, Assignments, Canvas, Feedback & Assessment, Feedback and Assessment, How to, Resources, Rubric, SpeedgraderLeave a Comment

A rubric is a matrix of assessment criteria that attempt to communicate expectations of quality for an assessment task or activity.  A well designed assessment rubric is a key element in providing good assignment feedback. It enables students to understand what is required, what the priorities are, and what will get a good response from you, the assessor. It enables you … Read More

How to: Embed a document in Canvas with file preview enabled

Emma YenchCanvas, Content Creation, Files, How to, Learning Activities & Content, Pages, Resources1 Comment

In Canvas you can embed a document (.docx, .pdf, .pptx, etc.) in the page so the document appears within a frame as a file preview. It looks like this: You can choose a file you’ve already uploaded to Canvas, or you can upload one in the same process. For further information: DLDSC Resource: How to: Structure your content in CanvasCanvas Doc: What … Read More

14 things you really need to know about Canvas that these pandas may not tell you

Howard ErreyCanvas, Uncategorized1 Comment

Ok I have got your attention now. There are some important things about Canvas that are really worth knowing, some earlier rather than later. Some are about better design and some are just about making Canvas fun. And have a look at our Canvas FAQs and Tips and Tricks for Managing and Grading Canvas Assignments and Troubleshooting Canvas Access issues. … Read More

How to: Set up reflective journals in Canvas

Emma YenchCanvas, Discussions, Feedback & Assessment, How to, Learning Activities & Content, reflective activities, Resources2 Comments

A reflective journal is a learning activity that asks students to engage deeply with the course content by reflecting on its relevance to their own life or learning experience. Reflective journals can be kept as a continuous diary, often useful in WIL and other work placement situations, or at any other time that suits the learning experience. For example, a … Read More

How to: Add other contact details to Canvas

Emma YenchCanvas, Communications, Context, Getting Started, How to, Notifications, notifications, preferences, ProfileLeave a Comment

Canvas allows you to add extra contact details to your account in order to receive notifications from the system. You may want to do this if you have another email address that you access more frequently than your RMIT email, or you may want to add your mobile phone number for immediate important alerts. Please see How to: Set notification … Read More

How to: Add a profile image to Canvas

Emma YenchCanvas, Context, Getting Started, How to, People, Profile, Roles & ResponsibilitiesLeave a Comment

You can add a profile image to your account in Canvas which will then appear on any discussion posts, announcements and messages you send. It is useful for students and staff to be able to identify you, and it creates a more personal space. Making your profile picture appear in Canvas is easy. Follow the printable instructions below or watch … Read More

Double the Learning

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Researchers at John Hopkins University have found that if you slightly vary the learning activity each time, then learning can be improved. To quote Science Alert from a post on 30 November 2017: The researchers figured this out by getting 86 volunteers to learn to a new skill – moving a cursor on a computer screen by squeezing a small … Read More

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

How to: grade students anonymously

Zaina Indira NehmeAssessment, Assessment, Assignments, Canvas, Examples of practice, Feedback & Assessment, Feedback and Assessment, Gradebook, How to, Learning Management Systems, LMS, SpeedgraderLeave a Comment

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

How to: Grade an assignment using Speedgrader

Cathy LeahyAssessment, Assignments, Canvas, Feedback & Assessment, Feedback and Assessment, How to, Rubric, SpeedgraderLeave a Comment

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