Five Things to Know About Canvas: Tips for Moving Assignments, Using Non-scoring Rubrics and Grading

A Message from Page Jerzak, Director, Online Teaching and Learning

As Canvas is an expansive system with many tools, there is always something new to learn. Below, you’ll find this month’s five things you need to know about Canvas, focused on tips for moving assignments, using non-scoring rubrics and grading.

1. Have you dragged and dropped yet? The Calendar located within Canvas allows you to move assignments and events around in your course. Simply select the assignment or event you want to move and drag it to its new date. Log into Canvas and click on Calendar from the main left-hand menu to use this feature.

2. Want to use a rubric but not assign a grade? Canvas now has non-scoring rubrics. These can help you provide formative feedback to your students without the pressure of grades. Once you’ve started creating a rubric, simply click on the “Remove points from rubric” box.

3. Speaking of grading, did you know there are keyboard shortcuts built into Canvas Speedgrader? Click on the settings icon when you are in the Speedgrader to see these. You can move faster between student submissions, use a rubric, change a grade and leave comments using the shortcuts. If you select Options, you can also sort the list of students by name, assignment submission date and by submission status (such as needs grading). Make sure your browser is compatible with Canvas to use these.

4. Want to see how each student is doing overall in your course? Click on a student’s name in the Gradebook and a window will pop open with additional details. Click on the Grades button to see that student’s grades and overall completion. Click on the Analytics button to see how well this student is doing in your course. You can directly message students when you see the envelope icon (highlighted in the pictures below) on these pages to provide them reminders and support for their success.

5. Gearing up for TWK (second, 10-week term), H2 (second, eight-week term) or just want some additional Canvas support? Use our Faculty/Staff Canvas website and Canvas Help. To access Help, click on Help at the bottom of the left-hand menu when you are logged into Canvas. Each campus has a Center for Teaching/Learning Innovation that can give you hands-on help, tips and tricks for working in Canvas. Don’t need any Canvas help but your students do? Remember that Canvas 101 is available for students at any time and they can self-register for it.

Check back next month for the next five things to know about Canvas. If you need a refresher, you can find previous Five Things You Need to Know About Canvas articles below:

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