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Enable Plagiarism Detection in Canvas

Unicheck is a cloud-based service that identifies plagiarism and similar submissions by comparing  student submitted work against an ever-increasing database of sources. 

Unicheck replaces VeriCite for plagiarism detection, and is very similar in appearance within the Canvas SpeedGrader, as well as reporting and options.

If you have used VeriCite in the past with Assignments in Canvas, it is important to know that it has been disabled. Interested in using plagiarism detection? Action is needed to enable Unicheck. Read more…

QUICK TIP: Check The Canvas Status Page

Tachometer iconCanvas is generally very reliable, but users may occasionally experience delays or errors.  Be sure to check the status of various Canvas services and get information on any current or recent issues that might be affecting performance.

Checking the status of Canvas can also be helpful when confirming student complaints about failed file uploads, or other technical issues.

Canvas Status Page

 

Canvas Release Notes Highlights (December 8, 2018)

Canvas is updated every three weeks.  Each update typically includes a variety of small fixes and minor improvements, but occasionally there are more substantial updates to specific tools, or new features added.

Highlights in the 2018-12-8 Release Notes:

  • HTML 5 Media Recorder (Rich Content Editor)
  • Card View Course Ordering (Dashboard)
  • Navigation Home Link Menu Removal (Course Menu)

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Canvas Release Notes Highlights (November 17, 2018)

Canvas is updated every three weeks.  Each update typically includes a variety of small fixes and minor improvements, but occasionally there are more substantial updates to specific tools, or new features added.

Highlights in the 2018-11-17 Release Notes:

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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.

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QUICK TIP: Try The Canvas Teacher App

Canvas Teacher mobile app iconThe Canvas Teacher mobile app can give you easy access to grading, communicating and updating your courses.

It’s easy to install, simple to use, and adds a convenient way to manage content and stay connected with your students.

See the Canvas Guides:

What is the Canvas Teacher app?
Canvas Teacher App – iOS Guide
Canvas Teacher App – Android Guide

Download the app (mobile devices only):

iOS App Store    Google Play app store

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: Use Late Policies To Automatically 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, which can lead to students misunderstanding their current grade.

To ensure an accurate point total/percentage, be sure to use Late Policies to automatically enter a “O” for all missed assignments.  The instructor can manually update the grade later if the assignment is submitted past the Due Date.

NOTE: The default value for a missing assignment is set to 100%.  This should be changed to 0%.

See the Canvas Guide:

How do I apply a Missing Submission policy in the New Gradebook?

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.

Add Another Instructor To Your Course

Add Person iconFaculty may wish to add other instructors to their course for a variety of reasons.  Please keep in mind that official enrollments are handled automatically, so there is no need to add instructors who are already assigned to a course.

Other instructors (or administrators) may be added to permit them to import (copy) some or all content from the course, collaborate on course development, or just browse the course. Whether or not the other instructor can make changes to the course depends on the role they are assigned when added.

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