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Using Rubrics in Canvas

Tools: Rubrics, Assignments, and Discussions Have you been putting off creating rubrics for your assignments, either because you don’t like them or don’t know how to create them? Would you be surprised to learn that rubrics not only help your students succeed, but they can also make your own grading process easier? Rubrics provide a […]

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FAQ

Why is the assignment I deleted from my module still showing up in Gradebook?

Modules are a fundamental building block and the main organizational unit of a Canvas course. They enable an instructor to organize the course content by week or by topic, for example, and to build each new concept on what a student has previously learned. This organization makes the course easier for a student to navigate. […]

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Why is my quiz showing up as an assignment?

Canvas uses Assignments, available from the course navigation menu on the left, as an umbrella that includes all assessments. Any quizzes (Classic or New) or discussions that you create for a course can be accessed from their respective links or from assignments link in the course navigation menu on the left.

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Canvas Spotlight

Extending Deadlines for Excused Work

Tool: Assignments, Quizzes, and Discussions As instructors, you want to provide your students with the best chance at succeeding in your courses. To this point, chances are you have had a student ask for a deadline extension. Maybe the student needed accommodations in your course, or maybe life (or in some cases technology) just got […]

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Video Discussions

Tools: Discussion Boards and Yuja Holding discussions in an online course can have a very different feeling than having discussions in a face-to-face classroom. However, online discussions can still help students master content, explore new ideas, and build a sense of community even when they may not be meeting with other people in a physical […]

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Assignments Group Work/Collaboration Integrated Apps

Use Hypothes.is

Hypothes.is is an app within Canvas that lets your students participate in social reading by collaboratively annotating course readings. By enabling students and faculty to add comments and start conversations in the margins of course documents, the Hypothes.is app brings class discussions directly to the course content. Collaborative annotation engages students more deeply in course […]

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Communication Group Work/Collaboration Lectures

Use MS Teams Breakout Rooms

Breakout Rooms is a Microsoft Teams functionality that facilitates small group work in a synchronous virtual setting. Breakout rooms allow the meeting organizer to divide participants into multiple smaller groups. This is handy for those times when you want to have small group discussions within a lecture, allow students synchronous class time for group work, […]

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Discussions Videos

YuJa Discussions from a Student Perspective

Students will interact with YuJa discussions very similarly to how faculty does. The steps below outline how students will use YuJa to contribute to a Canvas discussion. The video illustrates how the discussion looks and works from the student perspective. Directions Install YuJa Software Capture For best results, students should download YuJa Software Capture prior […]

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Discussions

Conduct a Discussion in Microsoft Teams from a Web Browser

Microsoft Teams allows you to host live video sessions that you could use to facilitate discussions in your course. You could use this tool to have real-time conversations about course content, current events, or other important topics just like you would in your face-to-face course. Directions Go to the Faculty and Staff Hub. Click Email (Office […]

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Discussions Grading

Attach a Rubric to a Discussion

You can use the SpeedGrader feature with an attached rubric to easily grade individual discussion submissions within Canvas. These grades automatically populate the Gradebook. Using a rubric for discussion posts can save you time, keep you consistent, and help you provide useful feedback to your students. Note: This tutorial assumes that you have an existing rubric […]