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    Canvas Update: New Quizzes Show in To-Grade List for Manually Graded Questions 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas has updated how New Quizzes function when they contain at least one manually graded question (short answer or essay questions). Previously, the quizzes would not show up in an instructor’s “to-grade” list, and students would automatically see their grade for the quiz – a grade that didn’t take into account the questions that needed to be graded by the instructor.   New Quizzes will now be listed in an instructor’s “to-grade” list inside Canvas to make it obvious there are questions that need their attention. Additionally, students will not see their grade for the quiz until after the manually graded questions are marked.   Questions? We’d…

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    Canvas Update: New Quiz Fill in the Blank Question Type Modification 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute Canvas has updated one of the New Quiz question types. With this change, it’s easier to create fill-in-the blank questions.   Previously, you had to type all your text then highlight specific words or phrases and hit “enter” to create blanks. With this update, you can easily mark the blanks as you go. Each fill-in-the-blank answer needs to be surrounded by backticks (just above “tab” on your keyboard. It took me way too long to find it since I don’t use that key frequently).   Once you have your blanks marked, you can choose the answer type (open entry, dropdown, or word bank) for each blank. These…

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    Submitting Final Grades from Canvas to the Registrar

    Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s a simple process to submit your final course grades to the registrar from Canvas. Before you start this process, however, you’ll want to follow these three tips for checking your Canvas gradebook to make sure you’re all squared away. Once you’re ready, follow these three steps:  1. Click the “Submit Grades to Registrar” link in your course menu.  If you don’t see the link there, click “Settings” in the course menu then the “Navigation” tab. Drag and drop “Submit Grades to Registrar” from the inactive items list to the active items list and click “Save.”  2. Scan the information on the “Submit Grades” page. …

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    Three Tips for Checking your Canvas Gradebook before Submitting Final Grades

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Finals are coming up, so it’s time to start thinking about wrapping up your courses and preparing to submit grades. Submitting grades is a quick process, but there are a few items you’ll need to do before you click that button. 1. Check your course grading scheme You should have a grading system defined in your syllabus with the values defined for each grade letter. Canvas can display that letter grade to both you and your students, but you need to make sure you have this setting enabled with the correct values set. In your course, go to “Settings” in the course menu Scroll down to…

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    Microsoft Teams and Canvas Round Up

    Reading Time: 2 minutes With Zoom soon going away, now’s the perfect time to do a brief recap of everything we’ve talked about so far with Microsoft Teams. Teams provides an easy replacement for Zoom – it’s integrated directly into your Canvas course, and you can access many helpful Microsoft products from inside a meeting. Let’s review some of the most pertinent information you’ll want to refer to as you get up and running with Teams.   Setting up the Integration and Creating Meetings  The first thing you’ll need to do is turn on the integration in your course from the settings page. After that, you’ll be able to create meetings…

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    How Can I Quickly Adjust Multiple Canvas Assignment Due Dates and Times?  

    Reading Time: 2 minutes Previously, Canvas has made it easy to adjust due dates for all assignments in a course. You’d go to the assignments page, click that little “three dots” icon in the top right to expand a menu, and select “Edit Assignment Dates.” Canvas would display all assignments from the course and any dates associated with them currently. From there, you could either manually change dates or use the checkboxes and “Batch Edit” button to update multiple dates at once.   But with these, you were stuck with whatever times were associated with an assignment. And if there wasn’t a time associated with an assignment, Canvas would default…

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    Canvas Feature: Microsoft Immersive Reader

    Reading Time: 3 minutes We’ve talked a lot about the Canvas/Microsoft partnership and how more Microsoft products and features are being incorporated into Canvas. Today, we’re revisiting one of those features – the Microsoft Immersive Reader.   The Microsoft Immersive Reader is now available through more of Canvas. Initially only released on Canvas pages, it’s now also available on the syllabus, assignments, and a course’s home page. This reader presents the page text in a more accessible format where the user can choose the text preferences, grammar options, reading preferences, and to have the page content read to them.  To launch the reader, click the “Microsoft Immersive Reader” button at the top right of a…

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    Using Rubrics for Grading in Canvas 

    Reading Time: 2 minutes We’ve talked before about some aspects of adding and using rubrics in courses. As a brief refresher, Canvas has excellent resources on creating and adding rubrics to assignments as well as creating and adding rubrics to discussions. We’ve also talked about how to add existing (already created in Canvas) rubrics to an assignment or discussion.   Today we’re turning our attention to a setting that’ll make your grading life easier – using a rubric for assignment grading. You may think that you’re doing that by default, and in some ways, you are. The rubric is still tied to the assignment, and you can give scores and comments…

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    Microsoft Teams Meetings Recordings: Tips and Notes 

    Reading Time: < 1 minute In our deep dive on different Teams Meetings features, today we’ll turn our attention to recordings.   You Can’t Pause Recordings  In Zoom, you could temporarily pause a recording, then restart it. However, you cannot do this with Teams meetings. If you stop a recording then start recording again, you will have two separate recordings.   Remember to Stop Recordings  Teams will automatically stop a recording when all participants leave the meeting. However, you shouldn’t rely on that. If one of your students forgets to leave the meeting, the recording will continue for four hours before it’s stopped.   Recordings Won’t Capture a Couple of…

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    How Do I Set Meeting Options and How Can I Test out Teams Meeting Features?

    Reading Time: 2 minutes This week, we’re continuing our deep dive into various aspects of Microsoft Teams meetings and looking at both meeting options and how you can easily run a practice meeting to test various aspects of teams.  Getting to and Adjusting Teams Meeting Options  The Microsoft Teams Meeting options allow you to control some valuable aspects of the meeting, such as setting up a meeting lobby, restricting who can present, and turning on automatic recording. Before we give best practices for some of these settings, we’ll go over the different way to access these meeting options.   Through the “edit” page for a scheduled meeting. You can get to…