Dear Canvas Users,
Happy New Year from the CDE department! In this edition of Canvas Tips we will cover two main topics:
1. Recording Grades in the Grade Book
2. Using the Canvas Calendar
Before we look at each of these topics, however, two quick reminders and one announcement:
(1) Enrollment updates: Now that the height of the add/drop season is over do know that we will continue running weekly enrollment updates each Thursday. Students who drop or add will removed from or added to your courses on a weekly basis. If you notice that a student has not been removed or added, please let us know by clicking “Help” in Canvas, followed by “Report a Problem.”
(2) Publishing Courses: Don’t forget that your students will not have access to your class until you publish the course. Click Here for instructions.
(3) Canvas Training Session: We will host a Canvas Training Session in Room S113 from 2-3 pm on Friday, January 24. The session will have one planned topic: Using the Canvas Grade Book. We will also have an informal training time for you to ask any questions you have about using Canvas in your courses.
As you have been working in the gradebook, you may have noticed that Canvas treats ungraded assignments (displayed by a “-”) differently from a “0”. The difference between these two is that, by default, ungraded assignments do not count towards the final grades.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you enter grades:
Group calculations in Canvas, such as dropping the lowest scores, apply to graded assignments. Canvas will drop the lowest score that is entered, but will ignore an ungraded assignment.
If you want to exclude an assignment for a particular student (or group of students) you can leave the assignment as ungraded and it will not count towards the final grade.
Students will always see their assignments as ungraded unless a grade value is entered.
For these reasons, it is important that assignments are not left ungraded (displayed as a “-”) unless you wish for the student to be exempt from the assignment. If a student has failed to submit an assignment, or has earned a grade of “0”, it is important to enter the grade as “0”, rather than leaving it ungraded. This will help students to see accurate grade report, and will also make life simpler when it comes time to report final grades.
One of the helpful features of Canvas is the Canvas Calendar. As you may know, any assignment that is created with a due date is automatically populated to the course calendar for students to see.
One of the features of the Calendar that you may not be aware of is that you can also add events to the Calendar. Events are not assignments, and so do not get added to your grade book. For this reason, events are a great way to communicate dated material (such as reading schedules, class presentations, etc.) to students without cluttering up your assignment list or your grade book.
To learn more about Calendar Events, check out the Canvas Guides here.
As always the CDE Team is here to assist you with any questions you have about Canvas. You can take advantage of our Canvas Support Drop-In Hours Tuesday-Friday from 3:30-4:30 pm, or book an appointment with Brian Westnedge or Josh Stigall.
The CDE Team.