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Get Started with New Discussions in Canvas

Asynchronous, online learning can sometimes be a solitary endeavor. Separated from their classmates and instructor, students miss out on the collaborative experience of a classroom setting. Increasingly, online instructors have turned to discussion forums to create a space for students to engage with their peers. The recent update Canvas made to their discussions tool creates […]

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Discussions

Create a Discussion with Multiple Due Dates

One way to increase the value of Discussions in your course is to require that students participate in the discussion more than once. For example, you can have students respond to a prompt in their first post and then reply to a classmate several days later. While Canvas doesn’t have a built-in feature to assign […]

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How do I prevent students from editing their discussion replies?

By default, all replies a student posts in a Discussion in Canvas can be edited or deleted by that student. You can disable this feature, if you like, on a class-wide basis. This can be done to ensure greater academic integrity in your course, as a student cannot post an incomplete reply and then revise […]

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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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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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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 Hypothesis

For the most up to date tutorial on using Hypothesis in your course, please see our Canvas Spotlight Use Hypothesis for Collaborative Annotations on Documents in Canvas.

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Use MS Teams Breakout Rooms (old)

Please see our Use MS Teams Breakout Rooms spotlight for more information.