QUICK TIPS

QUICK TIP: Excuse An Assignment

Dog eating paper homeworkInstructors sometimes need to excuse a student from a particular assignment, so that it does not count toward the final grade. 

To excuse an assignment, simply enter EX for the grade, and that assignment will be ignored for that student.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I excuse an assignment for a student in the Gradebook?

QUICK TIP: Duplicate Content Items

Duplicate stampDid you know many content items in Canvas can easily be copied?  Instructors can use the Duplicate feature to make quick copies of existing content, such as pages, discussions and assignments.

One of the most effective ways to use Duplicate is by developing templates for commonly used content items.

Create a single Page or Assignment with basic headings, instructions and other common elements, then use Duplicate to create a copy and customize as needed.  This can improve consistency in your content, and provide a more efficient workflow.

Modules menu - Duplicate

QUICK TIP: Add A Profile Picture

blank profile picture with question markThe online environment can sometimes seem distant and impersonal.  Adding a photo to your own Canvas profile can help your students feel just a little more connected to you and your class.

Add an existing photo, or take one on the spot using your webcam or mobile device.

Take a look at the People section of your class to see how many of your students have added their own profile photos.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I add a profile picture in my user account as an instructor?

How do I use the People page as an instructor?

QUICK TIP: Assignment Muting

Do you use assignments in Canvas?  Mute iconStudents are normally notified of new assignment grades and comments immediately, which means one student gets their grade first, and another gets their grade last, sometimes with many days in between.  By “muting” and assignment, instructors can delay these student notifications until all submissions have been graded.

To deliver grades back to all students at the same time, mute an assignment while grading and commenting, then unmute it after grading is complete.

See the Canvas Guides:

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from the Gradebook?

How do I mute or unmute an assignment from SpeedGrader?

QUICK TIP: Message Students Who…

Blue message bubbleInstructors can easily send a Message about an assignment to students directly from within the Gradebook.  You can choose to send a message to students who have:

  • not submitted an assignment
  • not been graded
  • scored higher/lower than a particular grade

This is a quick an easy way to communicate with all of the students who meet a particular criteria.  Instructor contact is one of the keys to student success!

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I send a message to my students from the Gradebook?

QUICK TIP: Speed Up SpeedGrader!

speedometerSpeedGrader can be an efficient and powerful tool for viewing, annotating, commenting and grading student work.  But a few tweaks can fine tune it for faster instructor performance!

 

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QUICK TIP: View Page History

Canvas includes the ability to review past revisions to a Page, and revert to an older version, if needed.

From any page, click the gear icon to reveal the option to View Page History.

Use the gear icon from any Page to access the option:

 

Revision History provides access to past versions, and revert if needed.

Pages - View Page History (revisions)

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I view the history of a page in a course?

QUICK TIP: Use Course Analytics For Insight Into Student Activity

It can be hard to know just how much students are actually using your Canvas course, or what content is accessed the most, or the least.

Every course includes access to a Course Analytics report that displays course activity, assignment submission timing, grade distribution, student activity, and more.

NOTE: Currently, analytics does not measure student activity from within the Canvas Mobile app.

 

Sample course analytics graph

 

See the Canvas Guides:

How do I view Course Analytics?
How do I view analytics for a student in a course?

 

QUICK TIP: Enter Zeros For Missing Assignments

Hand holding a large zero.Canvas automatically generates a running total of each student’s current grade.  However, this only includes assignments that have a grade entered.  If no grade is entered, the assignment is not counted in the Total grade calculation.

This can lead to students misunderstanding their current grade.

To ensure an accurate point total/percentage, be sure to enter a “O” for all missed assignments. 

You can assign a zero to multiple students in each assignment by using the Default Grade feature.  Note the option to “Overwrite already-entered grades.”
See the Canvas Guide:

How do I set a default grade for an assignment?

NOTE: The Treat ungraded as zero option in the Gradebook only affects the instructor view, and does not actually adjust the point total. It also is for all items in the Gradebook, not individual assessments.

QUICK TIP: Validate Course Links

404 Page Not Found errorIf you have added links to web sites in your Canvas course, it’s a good idea to ensure they are still active and accurate, particularly before a new semester.

Fortunately, you don’t need to go through an entire course and click every link to make sure the site is still there.

Use the Validate Links In Content tool to automatically check web links throughout the course, and review a report of any unresponsive sites.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I validate links in a course?